You Can’t Take It With You


(out of 5)

Terrific Frank Capra comedy about a kooky, lower-class family and its impression on a young socialite () who is intending to marry their son ().   and  are deliciously droll as the hapless hero’s parents, and Capra ends the endlessly enjoyable moral philosophizing with a feelgood ending to take home with you. This delicious bit of whimsy took the 1938 Academy Award for Best Picture, and deservedly so.

Columbia Pictures Corporation

USA, 1938

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on a play by

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards
Best Directing (Frank Capra)
Outstanding Production (Columbia)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Spring Byington as “Penny Sycamore”)
Best Cinematography (Joseph Walker)
Best Film Editing (Gene Havlick)
Best Sound Recording (Columbia Studio Sound Department, John Livadary, sound director)
Best Writing (Screenplay) (Robert Riskin)

lionel barrymore, james stewart, jean arthur & edward arnold - you can't take it with you 1938


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