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You Can't Take It With You

You Can't Take It With You (1936)

Play: You Can't Take It With You (Booth Theatre, NY & Imperial Theatre, NY)
Published/Performed: Dec 14, 1936 - Dec 3, 1938

Author: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Born: Nov 16, 1889 Pittsburgh, PA
Passed: Jun 2, 1961 New York City, NY

Film: You Can't Take It With You
Released: 1938

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About the Play You Can't Take It With You:

You Can't Take It with You is a comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The original production of the play opened at the Booth Theater on December 14, 1936, and played for 837 performances. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The play was the basis for the 1938 film directed by Frank Capra. The film cast included James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, Ann Miller, Dub Taylor, Charles Lane, Mischa Auer, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, and the uncredited Arthur Murray. It was awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director of 1938. The film version has the same overall plot and themes as the play but includes new scenes, dialogue, and slightly different characterizations, such as a sideplot about Kirby Sr.'s attempt to acquire the Vanderhof house for a real estate development.

CBS produced a notable television adaptation of the original play in 1979. It featured Art Carney as Grandpa, along with Jean Stapleton, Beth Howland, Blythe Danner, and Polly Holliday. A second television adaptation was produced in 1984 by Public Broadcasting Service. This version, featuring Jason Robards as Grandpa was based on the Broadway revival and filmed at Royale Theatre, New York City.

A syndicated situation comedy based on the play ran in the United States during the 1987?1988 season. Harry Morgan, who had played Mr. De Pinna in the 1979 telefilm, appeared in the series as Grandpa.

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