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A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper.


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Clarence Day - Father
Vinnie Day - Mother
Mary Skinner
Rev. Dr. Lloyd
Cora Cartwright
Clarence Day Jr.
Margaret - the Cook
Dr. Humphries
Mrs. Whitehead
Derek Scott ...
Harlan Day
Whitney Day
John Day
Heather Wilde ...
Annie - the Maid
The Policeman
Nancy Evans ...
Delia - the New Maid
Miss Wiggins
Dr. Somers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Andren ...
Mrs. Wickersham - Mother of Twin Boys (uncredited)
Operator of Stock Quote Ticker (uncredited)
John Beck ...
Perkins (uncredited)
Cashier (uncredited)
Loie Bridge ...
Corsetierre (uncredited)
David Cavendish ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Girl at Delmonico's (uncredited)
François - Headwaiter at Delmonico's (uncredited)
Waiter at Delmonico's (uncredited)
Helena Grant ...
Modest Woman (uncredited)
Mr. Wickersham - Father of Twin Boys (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Girl at Delmonico's (uncredited)
Geraldine Jarman ...
Girl in Employment Office (uncredited)
Jim - Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)
Morley - Young Clergyman (uncredited)
Faith Kruger ...
Hilda - Maid (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Diner at Delmonico's (uncredited)
Elaine Lange ...
Ellen (uncredited)
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Jack Martin ...
Chef (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Waiter at Delmonico's (uncredited)
Milk Man (uncredited)
Betty McDonough ...
Girl in Employment Office (uncredited)
Claire Meade ...
Modest Woman (uncredited)
George Meader ...
Salesman (uncredited)
James Metcalf ...
Customer (uncredited)
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Michael Mineo ...
William Tyler Wickersham - One of Twins (uncredited)
Ralph Mineo ...
Wilhelmina Eugenia Wickersham - One of Twins (uncredited)
Clara Reid ...
Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
William Ruhl ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Celia Schreck ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Lucille Shamburger ...
Nursemaid (uncredited)
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Gertrude Valerie ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
McCreery's Suit Salesman (uncredited)
Jock C. Watt ...
Horse Car Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Curtiz

Written by

Clarence Day ... (memoir "Life with Father")
Donald Ogden Stewart ... (screen play)
Howard Lindsay ... (from the original play by) and
Russel Crouse ... (from the original play by)

Produced by

Robert Buckner ... producer
Jack L. Warner ... executive producer

Music by

Max Steiner

Cinematography by

J. Peverell Marley ... director of photography (as Peverell Marley)
William V. Skall ... director of photography

Film Editing by

George Amy ... film editor

Editorial Department

James Leicester ... montage
Lee Huntington ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Robert M. Haas ... (as Robert Haas)

Set Decoration by

George James Hopkins ... (set decorations) (as James Hopkins)

Costume Design by

Marjorie Best ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

Perc Westmore ... makeup artist
Della Barnes ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Stephanie Garland ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Rose Lehman ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Eve Newing ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Norman Pringle ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Turpin ... hair color specialist (uncredited)

Production Management

Eric Stacey ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Russell Llewellyn ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Vreeland ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

C.A. Basseler ... assistant props (uncredited)
Donald P. Desmond ... set construction (uncredited)
Edward L. Ilou ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Herbert Plews ... props (uncredited)
Levi C. Williams ... assistant props (uncredited)

Sound Department

C.A. Riggs ... sound

Special Effects by

Ray Foster ... special effects
William C. McGann ... special effects director (as William McGann)

Camera and Electrical Department

George Dye ... camera technician (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan ... gaffer (uncredited)
Gibby Germaine ... best boy (uncredited)
Henry Lehman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jim L. Mathews ... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle ... second camera (uncredited)
Jack Woods ... still photographer (uncredited)
Warren Yaple ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Milo Anderson ... wardrobe
Roy Dumont ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Helen Goodman ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Mina Willowbird ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

Murray Cutter ... orchestral arrangements
Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director

Script and Continuity Department

Fred Applegate ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Other crew

Monroe W. Burbank ... associate technicolor color director
Herschel Daugherty ... dialogue director
Mrs. Clarence Day ... technical advisor
Natalie Kalmus ... technicolor color director
Oscar Serlin ... from the stage production
Fred Banker ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Amelia de Ferris ... teacher (uncredited)
John Roche ... stand-in: William Powell (uncredited)
Hildegarde Scott ... diction coach (uncredited)
Jacqueline Warrington ... stand-in: Irene Dunne (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies

  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)



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Plot Summary

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 {J-26}

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Taglines Here for all!! All the happiness of the play that ran longer, the laughs that were louder than any known before! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Mon père et nous (France)
  • Unser Leben mit Vater (Germany)
  • Recursos de mujer (Spain)
  • Vivir con papá (Spain)
  • Pappa och vi (Sweden)
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  • 118 min
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Budget $4,700,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Before filming began, the cast was taken to Perc Westmore's salon on a Sunday morning to have their hair dyed red. When it was time to rinse the dye, the beauticians discovered that the water had been turned off for the entire block because the street was being repaired. Because dyes were so strong then, leaving them on could have caused the cast to lose their hair. Luckily, someone suggested diluting the dye with cold cream. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Sweet Marie See more »
Crazy Credits Although 'William Powell' is listed first and Irene Dunne is listed second in the viewed print on AMC, half of the actual prints listed Dunne first and Powell second. Not only did each version alternate daily in theaters, but so did the advertisements of the movie in newspapers. See more »
Quotes Father: I don't go to church to be preached at as though I were some lost sheep.
Vinnie: Clare, you don't seem to understand what the Church is for.
Father: Vinnie, if there's one place the Church should leave alone, it's a man's soul!
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