You Can't Take It With You
- Jean Arthur as Alice Sycamore
- Lionel Barrymore as Grandpa Martin Vanderhof
- James Stewart as Tony Kirby
- Edward Arnold as Anthony P. Kirby
- Mischa Auer as Boris Kolenkhov
- Ann Miller as Essie Carmichael
- Spring Byington as Penny Sycamore
The Sycamore/Vanderhof household is a family of eccentrics who do what they like to do and are loved by all the people in their neighborhood. The only nearly normal person in the family is one of the two daughters, Alice. She is a stenographer and she falls in love with her boss, Tony Kirby. They want to get married but Tony's parents are concerned about the class difference. Little do any of them know, that Tony's father is trying to make Grandpa Vanderhof sell their precious house to make a factory. Everyone in Alice's family is ecstatic about the proposed marriage, and Tony and Alice have a great evening out together (which has such a funny scene in it).
But when Tony brings over his family to Alice's house on the wrong day deliberately, Alice is furious that she couldn't at least try to make a good impression.
It's true this film follows the 1940s Frank Capra pattern, the good will always win and all that jazz, and I just adore it. It has really good messages, especially since we are in the economical situation we are. Everyone in this film is good, but it's really Lionel Barrymore that steals the show. He's just amazing and his prayer scenes before they all eat are great. He and Jean Arthur have some great scenes together, and they work very well together. James Stewart and Jean Arthur are always good together, and Frank Capra directed them, and the whole film superbly. He really is a great director. Look out for a 15 year-old, dancing Ann Miller!