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You Can't Take It with You [DVD] [1938]

  • SKU: 17359252
  • Release Date: 12/09/2008
  • Rating: NR
$9.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 7)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by Frank Capra Jr. and author Catherine Kellison
    • Frank Capra Jr. Remembers... You Can't Take It With You
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    You Can't Take It with You
    Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's whimsical Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play You Can't Take It With You was transformed into a paean to populism by director Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin. This is the story of the zany Sycamore household, presided over by Grandpa Vanderhof (Lionel Barrymore), a former businessman who has turned his back on commerce to enjoy life. At the Sycamores', everyone does just what he or she pleases. Penny Sycamore (Spring Byington), Grandpa's daughter, has become a novelist because someone delivered a typewriter to her home by mistake. Penny's husband makes firecrackers in his basement with the help of Mr. DePinna (Halliwell Hobbes), an iceman who showed up at the Sycamore doorstep one day and never left. Their daughter, Essie (Ann Miller), imagines that she's a prima ballerina, even though her dour teacher, Boris (Mischa Auer), assesses her work with, "Confidentially, it steenks!" Essie's husband, Ed (Dub Taylor), who'd rather play a xylophone than work, spends his free time selling Essie's candy, wrapping each package in paper from a used printing press that dispenses anarchistic slogans. The one normal member of the household is Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur), in love with wealthy Tony Kirby (James Stewart). Naturally, when the stuffy, aristocratic Kirbys come to the Sycamores' for dinner, the event is a disaster, capped with the arrest of everyone in the household. Hart and Kaufman's third act found the previously judgmental Kirby softening his attitude toward the freewheeling Sycamore clan, admitting that he's never had so much fun in his life. Screenwriter Riskin altered the focus of the play by throwing out the third act and concentrating upon Tony Kirby's father, Kirby Sr., who as played by Edward Arnold is transformed from a stock stuffed shirt into a ruthless, grasping tycoon, eager to buy up every house on the Sycamores' block to make room for a munitions plant. The film thus became the story of Kirby's regeneration at the hands of the carefree Sycamores. Enough of the play's screwball elements are retained to compensate for Riskin's speechifying and plot distortions (though the softening of one of the play's vital ingredients, Grandpa's refusal to pay his income tax, borders on the sacrilegious). You Can't Take It With You earned several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Capra's third Oscar). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jean Arthur
      Jean Arthur - Alice Sycamore
    • Lionel Barrymore
      Lionel Barrymore - Grandpa Martin Vanderhof
    • James Stewart
      James Stewart - Tony Kirby
    • Edward Arnold
      Edward Arnold - Anthony P. Kirby
    • Mischa Auer
      Mischa Auer - Kolenkhov



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

    86%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Was expecting digibook

      Posted
      cfwiggum
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      The movie itself is a classic - winning Best Picture. I bought this to join my Capra collection which are all digibook packaging. I thought this would be, as well, but ended up being typical snap package.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      classic jimmy stewart

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      danzar64
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      frank capra and jimmy stewart were an excellent pair. in their first film together you can already see the magig that will unforld with mr smith goes to Washington and it's a wonderful life, a light funny comedy

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      BBcust
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      Great movie - great actors/acting with comedic and witty dialogue. This edition includes a digital copy that allows viewing on portable devises.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Stewart at his best

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      KittyP
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      A light comedy with Jimmy Stewart. It's sweet without being cloying. If you need cheering up - this film will do it. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Movie

      Posted
      higuy
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      This is yet another fantastic Jimmy Stewart Movie, and cheaper than the dvd copy at the time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great classic upgrade!

      Posted
      Oscar1967
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      This classic never looked or sounded better since coming to Blu-Ray! Great price also!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie with Great Digibook

      Posted
      JohnnyB
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      Great Movie with Great Digibook. Excellent Capra comedy that still hold up today

      I would recommend this to a friend



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