You Can't Take It With You Overview:

You Can't Take It With You (1938) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra.

The film was based on the play of the same name written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart performed at the Booth Theatre, NY & Imperial Theatre, NY from Dec 14, 1936 - Dec 3, 1938.


The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart gets an endearing Capra treatment. Arthur fears she may never lead a normal life as she's surrounded by her family's lovable lunacy. Grandfather Barrymore amassed a pile of cash and decided that he and his family were going to spend it doing only what they really want, which includes xylophone playing, ballet dancing, mystery writing, and experimenting with fireworks. Into this eccentric household comes Arthur's dubious beau, Stewart, the son of Arthur's boss, Arnold. After hilarious mishaps, love wins out.

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Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActressSpring ByingtonNominated
Best CinematographyJoseph WalkerNominated
Best DirectorFrank CapraWon
Best Film EditingGene HavlickNominated
Best PictureColumbiaWon
Best WritingRobert RiskinNominated

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Grandpa Vanderhoff: Can't even talk about him, can you?
Alice Sycamore: Not rationally.
Grandpa Vanderhoff: Well, who's asking you to be rational?

Alice Sycamore:That's not true! Grandpa, I won't stand for it! I won't stand for our being humiliated like this! They were ashamed to say why they were there. They're ashamed to admit they came to look my family over -- to see if I was good enough to marry their precious son!

Grandpa Vanderhoff: I used to be just like you. Then one morning when I was going up in the elevator, it struck me I wasn't having any fun. So I came right down and never went back. That was 35 years ago.
Anthony P. Kirby: Admirable. And you haven't done anything since huh.
Grandpa Vanderhoff: Oh yes, yes, yes... Oh just the things I wanted to do... collected stamps, went to the zoo when I got the notion, took up the harmonica, and even found time to notice when spring came around.

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Frank Capra cast James Stewart based on his performance in Navy Blue and Gold.
This movie reunited Lionel Barrymore (Grandpa Vanderhof) and Donald Meek (Mr. Poppins) who had previously starred together in the movie, Mark of the Vampire.
Shortly before filming began, Lionel Barrymore lost the use of his legs to crippling arthritis and a hip injury. To accommodate him, the script was altered so that his character had a sprained ankle, and Barrymore did the film on crutches.
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