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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)

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.

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.

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*.

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The premiere was on 14 August 1947 in Skowhegan, Maine, where the play had its initial performance eight years before. The stage play ran 3,224 performances, holding the record for the longest non-musical run on Broadway. The play was based on Clarence Day's book.
Mary Pickford made several tests for the role of Vinnie, but the studio worried about her box office popularity after a 13-year absence from the screen. In the end, director Michael Curtiz vetoed her, as he preferred Irene Dunne.
Before filming began, the cast was taken to Perc Westmore's salon on a Sunday morning to have their hair dyed red. When it was time to rinse the dye, the beauticians discovered that the water had been turned off for the entire block because the street was being repaired. Because dyes were so strong then, leaving them on could have caused the cast to lose their hair. Luckily, someone suggested diluting the dye with cold cream.
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