You Can't Take It With You

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Academy Award® winner James Stewart (1940 Best Actor, The Philadelphia Story and 1985 Honorary Oscar®), Jean Arthur, Academy Award® winner Lionel Barrymore (1931 Best Actor, A Free Soul) and Edward Arnold star in this classic screwball comedy. read more
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Academy Award® winner James Stewart (1940 Best Actor, The Philadelphia Story and 1985 Honorary Oscar®), Jean Arthur, Academy Award® 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® (1938 Best Picture, Best Director) and garnered five more nominations. It was Capra's third Oscar® 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.

Original Release

09/26/1938

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Cast

James Stewart Tony Kirby
Lionel Barrymore Martin Vanderhof
Edward Arnold Anthony P. Kirby
Spring Byington Penny Sycamore
Mischa Auer Kolenkhov
Jean Arthur Alice Sycamore
Ann Miller Essie Carmichael
Samuel S. Hinds Paul Sycamore
Donald Meek Poppins
H.B. Warner Ramsey
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Directors

Frank Capra

Writers

Robert Riskin, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart

Cast

James Stewart Tony Kirby
Lionel Barrymore Martin Vanderhof
Edward Arnold Anthony P. Kirby
Spring Byington Penny Sycamore
Mischa Auer Kolenkhov
Jean Arthur Alice Sycamore
Ann Miller Essie Carmichael
Samuel S. Hinds Paul Sycamore
Donald Meek Poppins
H.B. Warner Ramsey
Halliwell Hobbes DePinna
Dub Taylor Ed Carmichael
Mary Forbes Mrs. Anthony Kirby
Lillian Yarbo Rheba
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson Donald (as Eddie Anderson)
Clarence Wilson John Blakely
Josef Swickard Professor
Ann Doran Maggie O'Neill
Bodil Rosing Mrs. Schmidt
Charles Lane Henderson

Producers

Frank Capra Producer

Editors

Gene Havlick

1939 Oscar Best Picture Won
1939 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1939 Oscar Best Director Won
1939 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
1939 Oscar Best Cinematography Nominated
1939 Oscar Best Sound, Recording Nominated
1939 Oscar Best Film Editing Nominated
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