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You Can't Take It With You (1938)

Jean Arthur , James Stewart , Frank Capra  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Writers: George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Robert Riskin
  • Producers: Frank Capra
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007M5KP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Academy Award(r) winner James Stewart (1940 Best Actor, The Philadelphia Story and 1985 Honorary Oscar(r)), Jean Arthur, Academy Award(r) winner Lionel Barrymore (1931 Best Actor, A Free Soul) and Edward Arnold star in this classic screwball comedy. Based on the phenomenally successful Kaufman-Hart play,You Can't Take It With You was directed by Frank Capra and won two Academy Awards(r) (1938 Best Picture, Best Director) and garnered five more nominations. It was Capra's third Oscar(r) for directing. Arthur stars as Alice Sycamore, the stable family member of an offbeat clan of free spirits who falls for Stewart, the down-to-earth son of a snooty, wealthy family. Amidst a backdrop of confusion, the two very different families rediscover the simple joys of life.

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105 of 116 people found the following review helpful
This film itself:
5 stars.
It's a wonderful, warm, witty, and simply enjoyable movie. I love it.
The DVD:
1 star
I bought this DVD without reading any reviews (I also bought "Talk of The Town", a day-and-date Columbia release), because Columbia has, in the past, done astounding work restoring and remastering their old films ("It Happened One Night" from their Classics collection is nothing short of an amazing transfer). Apparently, their agenda has changed: they are now content to simply release anything as long as they can tout it as a "high-definition remaster", thus tricking their customers into thinking that some money and time was actually spent on striking a new print. Both this and "Talk Of The Town" look and sound absolutely horrible. The VHS version of this film has less grain and fewer sound defects (hissing, popping abound). In fact, this transfer is akin in quality to the one I often see on network television -- it's an absolute disaster on all levels. Virtually unwatchable. Avoid at all costs until Columbia treats its customers (and this film) right with a proper DVD release. Even Paramount is doing it with their catalogue releases, Columbia! Get with the program.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sheer Delight! January 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Jean Arthur and Jimmy Stewart are terrific in this screwball classic about the trials and tribulations of a VERY eccentric family during the depression. Edward Arnold and Lionel Barrymore are tremendous and even though the picture has dated notions, they only seem to add to the movie's charm as a whole. Director Capra had reached his creative genius by 1938 (The FIRST director to have his name above the credits, this genius almost singlehandedly kept Columbia Pictures financially sound.) Jean Arthur made her first film, a silent in 1923! she had to wait an incredible 12 years before her comedic gifts were finally recognized by Hollywood. Never as young as audiences assumed, she was born in 1901 and was 37 in this comedy classic which was voted by the Academy as the Best Picture of 1938. A delightful diversion in the screwball genre!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polly Waddle Doodle All Day! August 17, 2005
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If you were not in love with Jean Arthur before seeing this Frank Capra gem, you certainly will be afterward. Robert Riskin handed the great director another warm and hilarious screenplay, based this time on a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. A perfect cast, which includes Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Spring Byington, Mischa Auer, Edward Arnold, Donald Meek, Ann Miller, Harry Davenport and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, make this a true film classic.

The story centers around the impending marriage of Tony Kirby (Jimmy Stewart) and Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur) and the complications that arise due to her very unconventional family, headed by her kind and loving grandfather, portrayed in memorable fashion by Lionel Barrymore. Everyone in her family does pretty much as they please, defying convention and unafraid to enjoy life to its fullest.

Alice's mother Penny (Spring Byington) writes plays because a typewriter was once delivered to their house by mistake. Her sister Essie (Ann Miller) can't dance worth beans but takes lessons anyway from a starving and slightly crazy Russian named Kolenkov (Mischa Auer). He knows she can't dance but comes for the food and might as well be one of the family. Alice's dad spends all his time creating fireworks and testing them out inside the house. And grandpa, who refuses to pay taxes, has brought home a Mr. Poppins (Donald Meek), whom he has talked into pursuing his true love, which happens to be the making of monstor masks. All the above is usually going on simultaneously as grandpa plays the harmonica.

Tony's family is involved in some strange thing called banking. His father Anthony P.
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79 of 93 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Let's get some new staff in the Columbia DVD offices! February 22, 2003
By A Customer
Of all the beloved Capra classics, this one probably belongs on the bottom of the list. But it's classic all the same, and as such deserves respectful treatment on DVD. This is not the case here! Once again, Columbia is asking us to pay 30 bucks for a horrible DVD-transfer; in fact, the worst one so far among all the black and white releases produced during the last eight months. A year or two ago, one could rest assured that Columbia tried to give us decent or better transfers of their famous film library of the past. That or those persons responsible must have been fired! After 30 minutes of watching this one I felt so cheated and upset that I had to stop the film. The grain is intolerable; the focus is unstable at best; there are scratches and dirt galore (not to mention big black splices), and the sound is muffled and distorted. Not one cent has been spent on trying to preserve and present Mr. Capra's opus in the best possible way. Just look at what Warner has been doing lately with films like "Now, Voyager" and "Mildred Pierce": They sparkle like first class jewels! (And they charge $ 20.00!)The Columbia library could easily shine just as bright - that means, if somebody cared. Hey, Columbia: How about hiring some new people who love those old black and white classics! They sure would be welcome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, funny classic
How true ...Great movie , funny classic
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie...I'd like to see it sometime.
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Love Jean Arthur you'll enjoy this Movie. JWH
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5.0 out of 5 stars and she loved it.
Gift for a friend, and she loved it.
Published 12 days ago by Joseph E Devine
5.0 out of 5 stars I love, love, love this movie.
What a great movie. Zany, madcap early Frank Capra. Fun, Fun and ever so funny. Great cast and great scripting. I can always watch this again and it is always joyful. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Wonderful Life, the prequel!
It's a Wonderful Life, the prequel! Quite a trip to see Lionel Barrymore as the good guy this time! He does a great job. Read more
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