A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screen play), George S. Kaufman (based upon the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Arthur ... Alice Sycamore
Lionel Barrymore ... Martin Vanderhof
James Stewart ... Tony Kirby
Edward Arnold ... Anthony P. Kirby
Mischa Auer ... Kolenkhov
Ann Miller ... Essie Carmichael
Spring Byington ... Penny Sycamore
Samuel S. Hinds ... Paul Sycamore
Donald Meek ... Poppins
H.B. Warner ... Ramsey
Halliwell Hobbes ... DePinna
Dub Taylor ... Ed Carmichael
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Anthony Kirby
Lillian Yarbo ... Rheba
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Donald (as Eddie Anderson)
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Storyline

The stenographer Alice Sycamore is in love with her boss Tony Kirby, who is the vice-president of the powerful company owned by his greedy father Anthony P. Kirby. Kirby Sr. is dealing a monopoly in the trade of weapons, and needs to buy one last house in a twelve block area owned by Alice's grandparent Martin Vanderhof. However, Martin is the patriarch of an anarchic and eccentric family where the members do not care for money but for having fun and making friends. When Tony proposes Alice, she states that it would be mandatory to introduce her simple and lunatic family to the snobbish Kirbys, and Tony decides to visit Alice with his parents one day before the scheduled. There is an inevitable clash of classes and lifestyles, the Kirbys spurn the Sycamores and Alice breaks with Tony, changing the lives of the Kirby family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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THE GREATEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE PAST DECADE! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Midway Theatre -Lubbock, Texas - November 1, 1944 - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The part of the Russian Countess Olga, working as a waitress in New York, was cut from the film version. See more »

Goofs

Poppins' book falls when Blakely picks up the rabbit toy, but then the book is back on the desktop. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Doorman: [opening the car door for Kirby] Good morning, Mr. Kirby.
Anthony P. Kirby: Good morning.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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Polly Wolly Doodle
(uncredited)
Traditional
Music Arranged by George Parrish and Ben Oakland
Sung and danced by many in jail
Reprised by all at the end
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Dated but still charming.
12 August 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is not the play. This is better.

The madcap adventures of a crazy family during the depression is a life affirming film that shows us that money isn't everything and that yes, you can't take it with you.

One of the joys of this film is the cast Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Ann Miller, Dub Taylor, Edward Arnold, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Misha Auer and just about every great supporting actor and actress under the sun, all acting completely and wonderfully mad. They sell the story and make you smile from ear to ear.

I can't be rational where this film is concerned.

Just see it.

You'll feel good for days.

10 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

29 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Can't Take It with You See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,644,736 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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