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Frank Capra's 1938 populist spin on the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play about a family of happy eccentrics is a great deal of fun, though it significantly rewrites the original work and doesn't represent Capra (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) at his best. Jean Arthur plays a member of the blissful Vanderhof household who falls in love with a rich man's son (James Stewart) and brings him into her nutty home. Lionel Barrymore, who played such a bad guy eight years later in Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, is the wonderful Grandpa Vanderhof, who addresses God during the dinner prayer as "sir" and speaks plainly and beautifully of why it's good to be alive. Capra took this opportunity to rail against big business and champion the common man, but the overall tone of the film--typical for the director's comedies--is buoyant and snappy. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Worth the watching! Clean, amusing and worth watching more than once. Everyone should have this one in their collection. James Stewart at his very best.Published on Jan. 17 2012 by LisaHD
Frank Capra tries out eccentricity for size in the enchanting "You Can't Take it With You," a movie all about doing whatever makes you happy, not rich. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
Anthony P. Kirby (Edward Arnold) is closing the real estate deal of the century. All he needs to complete this is a small plot of land. Read morePublished on March 6 2006 by B. Chandler
I'm playing a character in the play that this movie is based on, and so I watched this DVD to get a hint of what it could look like. First, the story is excellent! Read morePublished on May 13 2004
Kaufman and Hart's sharp and lively play is turned into sentimental glop by Capra. Capra really stacks the deck by turning the banker into a monstrous figure of evil, and the... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004
I had recently done the orginal stage play of this and a few of us csat members decided to rent the movie. It was turned off in about 10 minites. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003
A fine Frank Capra comedy featuring Jimmy Stewart at his most boyish and gangly, and Jean Arthur as the girl of his dreams. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by DJ Joe Sixpack
I thought this film a master piece of Capracorn! He's really outdone himself this time! When a zany, middle-class, nonconformist family meets a wealthy candidate for their beloved... Read morePublished on May 25 2003