You Can't Take It With You (film)

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You Can't Take It With You

Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Capra
Produced byFrank Capra
Screenplay byRobert Riskin
Based onYou Can't Take It With You (play) by
George Kaufman and Moss Hart
Starring
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Editing byGene Havlick
StudioColumbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • August 23, 1938 (1938-08-23) (USA)
Running time126 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUS$1,644,736 (est.)
Box office
  • US$2,137,575 (US rentals)
  • US$5,295,526 (Int'l rentals)
 
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You Can't Take It With You

Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Capra
Produced byFrank Capra
Screenplay byRobert Riskin
Based onYou Can't Take It With You (play) by
George Kaufman and Moss Hart
Starring
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Editing byGene Havlick
StudioColumbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • August 23, 1938 (1938-08-23) (USA)
Running time126 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUS$1,644,736 (est.)
Box office
  • US$2,137,575 (US rentals)
  • US$5,295,526 (Int'l rentals)

You Can't Take It With You is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, and Edward Arnold. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.[1], the film is about a man from a family of rich snobs who becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

The film received two Academy Awards from seven nominations: Best Picture and Best Director for Frank Capra. This was Capra's third Oscar for Best Director in just five years, following It Happened One Night in 1934 and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town in 1936. It was also the highest-grossing picture of the year.

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Plot

Alice (Jean Arthur), the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby (James Stewart). His wealthy banker father, Anthony P. Kirby (Edward Arnold), and his snobbish mother (Mary Forbes), strongly disapprove of the match. When the Kirbys are invited to dinner to become better acquainted with their future in-laws, things do not turn out the way Alice had hoped.

Cast

Production Notes

Awards

You Can't Take It with You won two Academy Awards from seven nominations: Best Picture and Best Director for Frank Capra.[2]

Its nominations included Best Supporting Actress for Spring Byington, Best Writing, Screenplay for Robert Riskin's script, Best Cinematography for Joseph Walker, Best Film Editing for Gene Havlick, and Best Sound, Recording for John P. Livadary.

Adaptations to other media

You Can't Take it With You was adapted as a radio play on the October 2, 1939 broadcast of Lux Radio Theater with Edward Arnold, Robert Cummings and Fay Wray.

See also

References

Citations
Bibliography
  • Hart, Moss; Kaufman, George S. (1936). You Can't Take It with You (Archival manuscript ed.). New York: Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. OCLC 44091928. 

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