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Friday, July 1, 2011

You Can't Take It With You (1938)

Director: Frank Capra
Cast: Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Jean Arthur
Genre: Comedy

IMDB : "The stenographer Alice Sycamore is in love with her boss Tony Kirby, who is the vice-president of the powerful company owned by his greedy father Anthony P. Kirby. Kirby Sr. is dealing a monopoly in the trade of weapons, and needs to buy one last house in a twelve block area owned by Alice's grandparent Martin Vanderhof. However, Martin is the patriarch of an anarchic and eccentric family where the members do not care for money but for having fun and making friends. When Tony proposes Alice, she states that it would be mandatory to introduce her simple and lunatic family to the snobbish Kirbys, and Tone decides to visit Alice with his parents one day before the scheduled. There is an inevitable clash of classes and lifestyles, the Kirbys spurn the Sycamores and Alice breaks with Tony, changing the lives of the Kirby family".

Yes it doesn't sound like a "never-before" plot! However, it is the treatment of the subject by director and actors alike that won the movie sheer accolades in the bygone era and holds it in good stead even today.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhof comes across as one of the most lovable and friendly character till date and Kirby senior as hell-bent snobbish. And it is the climax scene, when finally Kirby senior lets go of his cloak of superiority and plays the harmonica with the universal grandpa, that gives your soul an ultimate cinematic high.


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