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You Can't Take It with You (23-Aug-1938)

Director: Frank Capra

Writer: Robert Riskin

From a play: You Can't Take It with You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Musical Score: Dimitri Tiomkin

Keywords: Romantic Comedy

A tale of two families, the Kirbys, a banking family whose sole interest is wealth, and the Vanderhof-Sycamores, eccentric bohemians more interested in the happiness of their family. Tony Kirby is tasked with convincing Grandpa Vanderhof to sell their house, but he falls in love with Alice Sycamore. Won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director; received additional nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Recording and Best Editing.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Eddie Anderson
18-Sep-1905 28-Feb-1977 Rochester on The Jack Benny Show
Edward Arnold
18-Feb-1890 26-Apr-1956 You Can't Take It With You
Jean Arthur
17-Oct-1900 19-Jun-1991 Only Angels Have Wings
Mischa Auer
17-Nov-1905 5-Mar-1967 My Man Godfrey
Lionel Barrymore
28-Apr-1878 15-Nov-1954 Young Dr. Kildare
Spring Byington
17-Oct-1886 7-Sep-1971 You Can't Take it With You
Harry Davenport
19-Jan-1866 9-Aug-1949 Gone with the Wind
Ann Doran
28-Jul-1911 19-Sep-2000 Rio Grande
Mary Forbes
30-Dec-1879 22-Jul-1974 Character actress
Samuel S. Hinds
4-Apr-1875 13-Oct-1948 It's a Wonderful Life
Halliwell Hobbes
16-Nov-1877 20-Feb-1962 British-American character actor
Charles Lane
26-Jan-1905 9-Jul-2007 Grumpy character actor
Donald Meek
14-Jul-1878 18-Nov-1946 Scottish-American character actor
Ann Miller
12-Apr-1923 22-Jan-2004 Kiss Me Kate
Christian Rub
13-Apr-1886 14-Apr-1956 Voice of Gepetto
Jimmy Stewart
20-May-1908 2-Jul-1997 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Dub Taylor
26-Feb-1907 3-Oct-1994 Bonnie and Clyde
H. B. Warner
26-Oct-1875 21-Dec-1958 The King of Kings


Jean Arthur   ...   Alice Sycamore
Lionel Barrymore   ...   Martin Vanderhof
Jimmy 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 Anderson   ...   Donald
Clarence Wilson   ...   John Blakely
Josef Swickard   ...   Professor
Ann Doran   ...   Maggie O'Neill
Christian Rub   ...   Schmidt
Bodil Rosing   ...   Mrs. Schmidt
Charles Lane   ...   Henderson
Harry Davenport   ...   Judge


Review by R. Michael Bach (posted on 10-Jul-2007)

Absolutely one of the funniest ever, with a diverse cast of characters, in a variety of roles. The courtroom scene is hilarious, but is somewhat of a social lesson that friends make a person what they are, and not money. Highly recommended, and one that never gets old. It will be a classic for many years in the future.

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