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You Can't Take It with You

You Can't Take It with You(1938)

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  • pure joy

    • Larry
    • 10/18/19

    With an outstanding cast and a warm, joyful and hilarious plot, this is just a wonderful movie. It is one of my favorite films.

  • Ultimate Feel Good Movie

    • Rob Capra Fan
    • 1/2/19

    For an old guy who grew up watching Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Spring Byington, and Ward Bond on TV, as well as Jimmy Stewart on the big screen, much further in his career, this movie is nostalgic as well as guaranteed to lift my spirits any time, anywhere! Add the older silver screen actors I have come to know and love watching TCM, such as Lionel Barrymore, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller, and Donald Meek, to a great, whimsical story line, and you have a treasure trove of a movie. Would give it six stars if I could for this sure-fire Happy Pill!!

  • Capra's resume.

    • Joe M.
    • 11/23/18

    Frank Capra motion pictures, another excellent motion picture. The casting was great as usual for his films. The story line was excellent. You had some great people, Jean Arthur as usual can play a part like this with no effort, Lionel Barrymore needless to say a legend, Jimmy Stuart is Jimmy Stuart, he is excellent in this picture in his early career and continues on that for his entire life time and never lets you down. But the person that stole the show to me was Edward Arnold, he played that part and similar parts to perfection. He always thru the film gave or created a hint of comedy right till the end. I love him playing the business tycoon, powerful, extremely wealthy, intelligent, dignified, family history, well dressed, and so much more.It was a great picture with emotion, old fashioned love and caring, personalities that ring true back from that era, it still is a classic in how it was put together and developed with the ending of people deep down caring for one another and showing it at the time of problems and discord. Capra had a way of doing it. 4.5 Stars

  • An endearing film but not my favorite Capra

    • Dante's Muse
    • 6/3/18

    The time slot in which this film aired indicates that it is not regarded, at least in 2018, as one of Frank Capra's best even though it won the Oscar for best picture and best director. I found it a bit manic and overlong. The band of eccentric characters can be very charming albeit their antics were somewhat repetitive. My favorite characters were the calmer ones. Lionel Barrymore owns the role of kindly and wise philosopher. And Edward Arnold accounted himself well as a less, but ultimately, lovable character. I also found this movie to be missing the witty dialogue of Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace, for example. Upon some research, I found the ages of the actors to be interesting and somewhat surprising. Stewart was 30, Jean Arthur 38 and Ann Miller was only 15.

    • 8/30/16

  • You Can't Take It With You

    • Michael Whitty
    • 8/18/16

    The greatest film director of the 1930s was Frank Capra who won 3 Academy Awards and 2 Best Pictures and "You Can't Take It With You" was won of the Best Pictures. This was the Vanderhof family and everyone was a little different. This was a crazy family but in an honest way. James Stewart gets connected up with Jean Arthur and starts to notice this strange family situation. It's all done with some humor and light drama the way Capra would have it. Frank Capra made 5 hits in the 30s and they came when Hollywood was in a developmental mode after sound came in 1927. The movies were more innocent then.

  • You Can't Take It With You

    • Charles Jones
    • 12/1/15

    What a delightful family! And what a wonderful family movie to see. Terrific cast - one of the best movies ever made!

  • you can't take it with you

    • kevin sellers
    • 7/31/15

    I agree with Ms. Gabbert that movies "take us away." Unfortunately, it is not always where we wish to go.

  • They ruined it when they rewrote it

    • Wayne Daniel
    • 5/18/15

    Although based on a very amusing and endearing Broadway comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and featuring an all-star cast, this movie is a real disappointment. Not content with the Hart-Kaufman script, they wrote a whole new screenplay, keeping only a few bits from the original and adding a lot of unnecessary scenes. The 1979 made-for-TV version is a lot better.

  • Can't take it with you

    • Ellen Gabbert
    • 4/25/15

    Love the movie and could watch it over and over. As for reviewer that found it boring and fanciful I do feel sorry for you. That is what movies do for us, they take us away. Loved entire cast. Deserves more stars than I can give.

  • you can't take it with you

    • kevin sellers
    • 2/6/15

    Can I just point out something that seems to have eluded many of the previous reviewers? The Sycamore family aint poor. They have a maid, for cryin out loud! Kinda weakens the empty rich vs. the fun poor theme of this extremely annoying film. Give it a B minus for some good comic energy from Jean Arthur.

  • out of touch

    • boomer69
    • 2/2/15

    immy Stewart's parents in the film have no idea what it is like to live on the other side of life. This movie clearly points that out,money doesn't make friends. In America today we have huge splits of social society , corporate vs main street ,rich vs poor & the haves vs the have nots. This movie could of been produced in America today & many people could identify with it.

  • "What's the government going to do with it?"

    • Jeff Boston
    • 8/10/12

    I love that line by Republican Barrymore, whose character continues raising the ire of the IRS agent with "I wouldn't mind paying for something sensible." Back then plenty knew of Washington waste, too, in this Oscar winning picture involving fellow Republicans Stewart, Arnold, and Capra, who won Best Director here for the 3rd time in 5 years. It would've been 4 of 6 if "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (of which Capra, Arnold, and Stewart teamed with Arthur again) did not have the stiffest competition in the history of Hollywood. It was nice seeing the two scenes with Barrymore at the head of the dinner table thanking God and leaving all "up to you."

  • You can't Take it with You

    • Dashiell Barnes
    • 8/10/12

    The Best Picture winner if '38 is magnificently helmed by Capra. Fine ensemble from Arthur, Stewart & Barrymore, Byington was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy award. Not as engaging or memorable as other Capra vehicles, but nonetheless this is very funny & entertaining. This is a good, overlooked film from the late '30's. I give it a 4/5.

  • Family Circus

    • Commenter77
    • 3/6/12

    This is one of those contrast-types-collide kind of pictures. The romance of a young couple brings two quite disparate families together, with a lot of madcap happenings and not a little umbrage. You've got your moneyed, stiff upper crust on the guy's side and a beehive of a lower income family -- plus whoever happens in, on the girl's. Of course, you know who changes. The uptights learn a lesson in unbending and enjoying life. The wild family group provide quite a romp as it goes along, guaranteed to unbend the viewer as well. There is an array of stars, some of them on their way up, which is always interesting. It's a charmer for sure.

  • Simply Superb!

    • RedRain
    • 12/7/11

    I love this film and I always have. One comment here said a remake may be in order to make it current and I so disagree! No film, save "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." is more current today than this one. With all of us railing against the Wall Street and corporate greed today, this film illustrates in spades how these moguls think about the 99% of us who don't have their money. Every actor, young and old, in this film does one heck of a job in their roles. The very young Ann Miller playing a ditz is such fun to watch. Lionel Barrymore is terrific as the patriarch of the motley crew he views as family. The delightful Spring Byington turns in a perfect performance. I'm a sucker for character actors and Mischa Auer is a gem as the Russian-born actor in the "family." You can't go wrong when Moss Hart and George Kaufman are the writers and they certainly don't disappoint here. This film won the Academy Award for Best Picture back in the day when it meant something and there was unbelievable competition for the Oscar. It's competition was: Boy's Town, Jezebel, Four Daughters, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Test Pilot, Grand Illusion, Pygmalion. Quite a formidable field to win against! Please see this film! You will love it as much as many of us do!

  • You can't take it with you

    • Jack
    • 12/4/11

    Wonderful plot. Supurb acting. Feel good movie. My favorite movie of all time

  • What Life is All About

    • Joseph Giampapa
    • 9/13/11

    This is an American classic not only because of the superb Direction and cast, but the subject matter is the essence of "What Life is All About". This should be made a part of American education curriculum. A "REMAKE" might be in order, only to bring it current.

  • A fine film

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 8/15/11

    Perhaps not as strong as Capra's other entries, this is a fine film with a lot of meaning and heart. And what a cast! Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, H.B. Warner, Charles Lane ... fantastic!

  • Capri-corn

    • chris
    • 7/6/11

    soapy, sentimental. and a little silly. But great

  • You Can't Take It with You

    • Mark Sutch
    • 4/14/11


  • Don't Pass This One Over

    • Todd
    • 4/9/11

    I watched this picture for the first time this morning ... It was great! True classic comedy with a great story and an under lying life lesson we could all take to heart. Take the time to watch this truly classic movie. Thanks TCM for showing this timeless movie. Lionel Barrymore at his best!

  • one of the best ever

    • Arlene
    • 4/2/11

    Simply one of the funniest beautifully timed family madcap romantic comedies ever. A pure delight.

  • Madcap Jean Arthur

    • Christine
    • 2/28/10

    I agree with Brian and Gary that Jean Arthur is one of the best ever. Great commedienne and great timing as an actress. Also the most unique voice in Hollywood films. She deserves to be right up there with the greats. What a gem! This is a good fun movie and I always enjoy watching it.

  • A Must See Movie

    • Nette
    • 2/28/10

    I just love this movie. This work is funny, silly and heart warming. Classic Capra. After viewing it numerous times I still laugh out loud while Ann Miller is ballet dancing in the livingroom and you see Donald and Rheba in the background doing the boogie woogie in the kitchen! Edward Arnold is wonderful in this role!

  • Who were.......

    • EarthGoddess
    • 12/8/09

    Who were the kids in the park playing music/ dancing for a dime?? Such a fun scene! One of many in this crazy, feel good movie with such a great cast under the direction of one of Hollywood's best!! I just wondered if these kids were a group like the Dead End Kids or just random actors cast n the part. I hope someone can provide the answer!

  • xtreme movie buff

    • chris
    • 6/4/09

    In response to Mary, I agree!

  • Another Frank Capra Winner!!

    • Mary
    • 5/21/09

    If you are looking for a feel good movie, this is it. No matter how many times I see it, I never want it to end. The character's are so endearing, starting with Lional Barrymore. I alway's think, how nice it would be to grow up in a family where you are encouraged to follow your own matter how "out there" those dreams may seem to others.If I were ever lucky enough to pick 3 of my favorite movie's for an evening with TCM..."You Can't Take It With You" would make the list!

  • xtreme moviebuff

    • Chris
    • 5/17/09

    What an extremely entertaining picture! One of Capra's most heartwarming film and his funniest, next to It Happened One Night. James Stewart in a wonderful film debut that prepares us for his future career. This is also a film with great timing from the whole cast. Winner of oscar for best picture 1938.

  • Capracorn

    • cris
    • 4/15/09

    Good Stuff

  • Good lessons in life

    • Dean
    • 11/28/08

    A happy natured and make you feel good film that shows that not all important things can be bought with money.A pleasure watching the beautiful star Jean Arthur at work.Lionel Barrymore does a good job portraying a down to earth,know what's important type of guy.Great scene showing Edward Arnold comming to the realization that he has become obsessed with business and money instead of putting time into enjoyment of life,true freindships,and his son's happiness.

  • Underrated Classic

    • Brian Sniatkowski
    • 7/20/08

    I've long thought that this offbeat comedy was Capra's most underrated and unappreciated. Barrymore is outstanding as the patriarch of the eccentric Vanderhof clan. He shows his range, playing the polar opposite of his evil Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life". Barrymore steals the show as a man who has dropped out of the rat race and whose only goal in life is happiness - his and that of everyone around him. Though both they have given better performances, Jean Arthur and Jimmy Stewart are solid as always. Arthur never seems to get her due when great actresses are discussed, but she certainly deserves to be mentioned along with the greats.Edward Arnold is excellent as the humorless, money hungry businessman who is trying to buy out the Vanderhof's home for his latest business venture.The cast of free spirits who live in, or regularly visit the Vanderhof home make the movie. Poppins, Kolenkhov, Penny and the rest are a hilarious bunch who create a continuous cacophony of joy that greets any visitor to the Vanderhof home.In typical Capra style things hit rock bottom for the Vanderhof clan before a warm, uplifting end that can't help but bring a smile to your face.

  • This was a lost classic for years

    • Mary Jane Stone
    • 7/19/08

    This film was not seen for many years because it was ln litigation. I believe that it had something to do with the estate of one the playwrights (Kauffman and Hart). It suddenly appeard on a local UHF station sometime in the 1980's and I was delighted. This could be a reason why it escaped notice for a long time while other films from frank Capra's varied directing career were recognized.I particulary enjoy Lionel Barrymore's performance as the grandfather/patriarch character. His physical disability (a leg injured when he fell over his drawing table--he was also an artist) is explained by a line where he says he was sliding down the banister with his grandaughter. And it fits into the story with total believability. The scenes where he prays convey the character's aggreable eccentricity with ideal Barrymore charm also. I was brought up by a mother on whom this film made a lasting impression. I love it as much as she does. Jean Arthur--what a voice!

  • Jean Arthur is Terrific

    • Gary
    • 6/7/07

    Although I always prided myself on my knowledge of classic movies and movie stars, Jean Arthur always slipped beneath my radar. But now I think of her as one of the best female comedians of her generation. Yet, she is still underrated by the mass of movie fans. In this movie, she is great as the sane (mostly) member of a family of eccentrics. And Jimmy Stewart is Jimmy Stewart, which is all one needs to say. The restaurant scene is as good as the one in "Bringing Up Baby" or "Arthur". Why this movie is not mentioned more is beyond me. I now consider it one of my favorites.

  • Forgotten classic

    • ojc
    • 12/4/06

    With all of the other great films in the Frank Capra canon this one has gotten overlooked. But in its day it was one of his most popular and critically acclaimed movies. Just shows you how the winds of opinion can blow. But it is well worth checking out. Filled with a number of good performances especially Jimmy Stewart and Edward Arnold. It is also a thought provoking movie though not as troubling as Meet John Doe.

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