Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1938. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Screenplay by Robert Riskin, based on a play by George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart. Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Produced by Frank Capra. Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Production Design by Stephen Goosson. Costume Design by Irene, Bernard Newman. Film Editing by Gene Havlick. Academy Awards 1938.
Terrific Frank Capra comedy about a kooky, lower-class family and its impression on a young socialite (Jean Arthur) who is intending to marry their son (James Stewart). Lionel Barrymore and Spring Byington 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.