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Life with Father (1947)

Passed | | Comedy | 13 September 1947 (USA)
A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Clarence Day (memoir "Life with Father"), Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Clarence Day - Father
Irene Dunne ... Vinnie Day - Mother
Elizabeth Taylor ... Mary Skinner
Edmund Gwenn ... Rev. Dr. Lloyd
Zasu Pitts ... Cora Cartwright
Jimmy Lydon ... Clarence Day Jr.
Emma Dunn ... Margaret - the Cook
Moroni Olsen ... Dr. Humphries
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Whitehead
Derek Scott Derek Scott ... Harlan Day
Johnny Calkins ... Whitney Day
Martin Milner ... John Day
Heather Wilde Heather Wilde ... Annie - the Maid
Monte Blue ... The Policeman
Mary Field ... Nora
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Storyline

In late nineteenth century New York a Wall Street broker likes to think his house runs his way, but finds himself constantly bemused at how much of what happens is down to his wife. His children are also stretching their wings, discovering girls and making money out of patent medicine selling. When it comes to light he has never been baptized and everyone starts insisting he must do so, it all starts to get a bit too much. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Here for all!! All the happiness of the play that ran longer, the laughs that were louder than any known before!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivir con papá See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There are two adjoining parlors in the Day town house. One is the main parlor while the other has a fireplace. They can be separated from each other by closing a mutually shared pocket door. However, their two adjacent pocket door entrances in the vestibule are so close, their space of separation cannot account for both pocket doors bring retracted at the same time. In a scene with Clarence Day Jr. talking to his mother about buying a new suit, both entrance pocket doors are shown retracted. The dark fireplace parlor pocket doors must be false since the main parlor white ones were opened & closed repeatedly in the film. This is a movie set design anomaly. See more »

Goofs

Clarence Jr. says to his brother Whitney as he reads the paper that Buck Ewing of the New York Giants hit a home run. The team in 1883, the setting of the movie, was called the New York Gothams in that year, later the team's name was changed to the Giants. See more »

Quotes

Father: Why did God make so many dumb fools and Democrats?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are superimposed on scenes of old New York, viewed as if through an old-fashioned stereopticon. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: William Powell (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Marie
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by Raymon Moore
Lyrics by Cy Warman
Sung by Irene Dunne and William Powell
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An adorable, nearly perfect, time capsule
27 November 1999 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

William Powell IS Clarence Day, Sr. And Irene Dunne is utterly his match in every way as Vinnie. The days show you life in the Gay '90's in New York as you always wished it to be. And the interplay between cute Jimmie Lydon and young Elizabeth Taylor is priceless. If you want to utterly enjoy yourself for two hours, watch this film.


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