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Life with father (1947) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Jack L. Warner and Robert Buckner.

Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorWilliam PowellNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Robert M. Haas; Set Decoration: George James HopkinsNominated
Best CinematographyPeverell Marley, William V. SkallNominated
Best Music - ScoringMax SteinerNominated
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Life with Father (1947)

By Beatrice on Feb 27, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Life with Father Directed by Michael Curtiz Written by Donald Ogden Stewart from the play Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse based on a memoir by Clarence Day 1947/USA Warner Bros. Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Father: Madam, *I* am the character of my home. Dated sexual politics aside, this is an ... Read full article


Life With Father (1947)

on Feb 27, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset to watch Life With Father; I watched it right after To Kill a Mockingbird, so I had the bar set pretty high.? Or maybe it’s because I love Meet Me in St. Louis, which also deals with a turn-of-the-century family.? Regardless, I found Life With Father t... Read full article


Life with Father

By RBuccicone on Oct 14, 2010 From MacGuffin Movies

Life with Father (1947) ???? I never thought I would see the day when I could dislike William Powell. The star of such great comedies as My Man Godfrey and the Thin Man movies could never be an outright asshole, or so I thought. In Life with Father Powell’s persona as the head of family is rev... Read full article


Classic Film of the Week: "Life With Father"

By Stephen Reginald on May 27, 2010 From Classic Movie Man

Classic Film of the Week: "Life With Father" Hot Property During the late 1940s, one of the most sought-after properties was the film rights to Life With Father, the longest-running non-musical play on Broadway. The play written by Howard Lindsey and Russel Crouse, based on stories by Clarence... Read full article


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Clarence Day: Jiminy, another wreck on the New Haven. That always disturbs the stock market. Father won't like that.
Vinnie: I do wish the New Haven would stop having wrecks. If they knew how much it upsets your father.


Mary: That's funny. The words are the same, but it's the wrong tune.
Clarence Day: Oh, it can't be the wrong tune. We sing it exactly that way in church.
Mary: We don't sing it that way in the Methodist Church. You see, we're Methodist.
Clarence Day: Oh, that's too bad. Oh, I don't mean it's too bad that you're a Methodist. Anybody's got a right to be anything they want, but what I mean is, we're... *Episcopalians*.


Vinnie: Is that suit of your father's too tight for you?
Clarence Day: No, it's not too tight.
Vinnie: Well, what is it?
Clarence Day: Mother, very peculiar things have happened since I started to wear this suit. I can't seem to make these clothes do anything Father wouldn't do.
Vinnie: Oh, that's nonsense. And not to kneel in church is a sacrilege.
Clarence Day: Making Father's trousers kneel seemed like more of a sacrilege.


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Mary Pickford was to have made her big screen comeback in the role of Vinnie but eventually the role went to Irene Dunne because of her box-office appeal.
The play's writers, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and Clarence Day's widow were on the set and were given veto power on all aspects of the film. According to author David Chierichetti, Mrs. Day approved Irene Dunne's characterization and even lent some jewelry that belonged to the real Vinnie.
Other than the color scenes in Leathernecking, Irene Dunne's only film in color.
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