You Can’t Take It With You 1938

I first watched this movie in the 90’s and I still watch it from time to time. Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur had great chemistry on screen. The following year they would be in “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”…another great movie. Capra wanted Jean Arthur in It’s a Wonderful Life but she was committed to a Broadway show.

This movie is about a rich man named Tony Kirby (Jimmy Stewart) who is working reluctantly for his ruthless banker dad. He falls in love with his stenographer Alice (Jean Arthur). The father doesn’t really care but his mother is outraged that he would love someone beneath him. This part of the story you have seen before but it’s when the great Lionel Barrymore who plays Alice’s grandfather Martin Vanderhof enters the movie gets going.

Martin and his family do exactly what they want, his daughter Penny received a typewriter in the mail by mistake and thinks she is a novelist, Alice’s sister dances everytime music is played and a basement full of unemployed older gentlemen who like to invent things…especially firecrackers… It’s a crazy household but they live life and are not bothered by a thing.

This is the opposite of the Kirby family who is uptight, overwhelmed and disgusted by this family…except Tony of course.

The movie is full of off the wall humor and Alice’s family is great. Anyone that comes to the house wants to stay…and sometimes does. The grandfather goes out and finds one person (Mr. Poppins) who invents things but works at a terrible job and Martin invites him to live at the house with his family to be…”a lily of the field” and quit his dreadful job.

Here are some quotes from the meeting

Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: How would you like to come over to our house and work on your gadgets?

Poppins: Your house? Well I don’t know, thank you.

Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Oh go on, you’ll love it. Everybody at over at our place does just what he wants to do.

Poppins: Really?

Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Mmm-hmmmm.

Poppins: That must be wonderful. But how would I live?

Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: The same way we do.

Poppins: The same way? Well, who takes care of you?

Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: The same One that takes care of the lilies of the field, Mr. Poppins, except that we toil a little, spin a little, have a barrel of fun. If you want to, come on over and become a lily too.

This is a screwball comedy and a good one. Lionel Barrymore is magnificent in this. Just a few years later he would play mean Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life.

This movie was directed by Frank Capra. Some critics in his day called him “Capra-corn” because of the optimism he showed for the everyday man. I think he was a great director. This is one of his best movies.

It’s a very good movie…any movie with Jimmy Stewart can’t be bad. The comedy holds up today. After the movie, you will want to be a lily of the field.

This movie is based off a play written by the great George Kauffman and Moss Hart.

Author: badfinger20

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76 thoughts on “You Can’t Take It With You 1938”

  1. I agree with you- very good enjoyable movie- Capra and Stewart made some great ones together. I didn’t know that about Jean Arthur and It’s A Wonderful Life– one of my Mount Rushmore movies– and James Stewart is my favorite actors. He was of course in bad movies here and there but he was never bad himself.

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    1. Yes Stewart was always good. This movie always makes me laugh. Capra had a nice streak of movies going in the thirties and forties. I also like Lost Horizon…it’s different.
      I don’t think Arthur could have played that character as innocent as Donna Reed if she would have been in it…I could be wrong but Reed was perfect for it.

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      1. Hard to disagree with Donna Reed as being perfect for Mary Bailey.. funny how those things seem to work out for the best sometimes. Capra one of the few who knew when to quit- the times and tastes as they always do had changed last movie 1961- died thirty years later.

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      2. Knowing when to quit is rare in every field. He seemed like an intelligent man. I’ve seen a few interviews with him. One on Cavett with other directors that is worth a watch. It has Mel Brooks, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich and Capra.

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  2. We just watched “The Spirit of ’76”- dumb but fun.. a lot of laughs and they got 1976 down perfectly. Funny how only 14 years later it was already a time to made fun of.

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    1. Glad you got some laughs…loved the exploding Pinto… I loved the garage also…It brought back some memories for me… BTW I just got back from an overnight trip to Atlanta and finished off the Beatles ’66. Thanks so much for the recommendation. It was detailed nicely with things I didn’t know…I wanted to hear about 67 right away. I hope Mark Levinson gets his done soon.

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      1. It was a great movie as far as getting down the little details…and the music too..and poor Iron Eyes Cody..
        Glad you liked Beatles ’66. I haven’t seen any news on vol 2 of Lewisohn I know originally he was saying around 2020 I hope he is still on schedule… i guess 2020 is only a year and a half away… can that be possible?

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      2. You know when I think of the 90s…I think of that as not that long ago. I cannot believe we are even near 2020… They did get the details down. The Rob Reiner seminar was good also.

        When I got home I looked up the Peter Cook John Lennon scene that the book described. I had never seen that before.

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      3. John could have been a decent actor… He did a good job in How I Won The War… I have to follow through and look for more Peter Cook… Oh, the next time I go to Atlanta I’m going to try to catch a game. I’ll have to time it right.

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      4. I have been to games at Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field but haven’t been to the new place yet. You will have to give me a report on it.

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      5. I sure will… Yes, I was at the other two also. I didn’t like Turner Field… at night it wasn’t safe getting there. My wife and I were driving away from the stadium and we went down a street…a cop pulled us over and told us to go the other way and escorted us out because it was unsafe…that is pretty bad. It was in the early 2000s I believe.

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      6. I went to Turner not long after they moved there- it was a day game- I didn’t think much of it. It seemed like a stadium built for the Olympics that was modified into being a baseball park…..

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      7. I agree- hope he is back and in for a strong finish to the season. The way that standings are there is no reason to rush him back- he must be ready.. I see Rich Hill is back too. For as bad a first half as they have had injury wise- they are in a good position. Need Buehler back- since I have him on my fantasy team!

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      8. They love Vanderbilt pitchers and I don’t mind. Buehler could be special or at least a very good number 2 pitcher. Rich Hill’s curve is a thing of beauty when it’s working… I just read an article on Kershaw…He is one of the most driven guys I have ever seen. He is determined to get everything he can out of his career… I just hope his body can hold up longer.

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      9. Yes, but there is a lot of baseball miles on him. Believe me, I hope he gets over this and stays healthy. The front office made him stop as many workouts as he did before… Let me ask you about pitch counts. I think they get carried away at times with them. I don’t believe a pitcher should throw 200 pitches in a game don’t get me wrong but now they stop some before 90 pitches in a game.

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      10. I think they need to watch and I know they do carefully the effectiveness of a pitcher in any game. No one should be throwing 150 pitches but if they have thrown 90 in 6 or 7 innings and are still throwing strong- let them go another inning and evaluate him again. When a pitcher is cruising along let him pitch.

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      11. I agree. I think they can be too careful at times…It depends on the body and makeup of the pitcher. Bueller they are letting pitch more…of course, he was a college pitcher. Julio Urias is hopefully coming back after the All Star break.

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      12. It was frustrating because they really were careful with him. I think he got up to 80 innings the year before and that is the most he has pitched. He will probably be a bullpen guy this year.

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      13. Some pitchers can handle any kind of load– others more fragile it seems. There is a great book that came out a couple years ago called The Arm- which examines all kinds of theories etc– and bottom line there is no answer.. I guess God didn’t make the arm for overhead throwing of baseballs.

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      14. No he didn’t…its not natural…I’ve heard people talk about Mike Marshall and his training but he claims no one in MLB will take it seriously. You would think some front office would try his method… now I havent read a lot about him but supposedly he has a way to pitch where it doesn’t hurt you as bad.

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      15. I think someone should listen- what they are doing now and for decades of baseball history hasn’t been working. What is there to lose? Baseball doesn’t like him is the problem– he was a guy who spoke up… they remember even if all the old time baseball people are gone they have him marked… If I were running an organization I’d bring him in and talk to him.

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      16. You would think a progressive front office would do it. It must be pressure from MLB that is the only thing I can think of… Baseball has a long memory. Talking about him makes me want to read Ball Four again.

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      17. What a book that is.. I never tire of reading it.,,, I think baseball organizations are finally for the most part changing for the best. I think the old time baseball men from days past are now pretty much gone. But still there is some resistance to what they consider radical individuals.

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      18. The Phillies front office finally moved forward. I was so happy when The Dodgers got Friedman…Ned Colletti hated young players. The only front office left I can think of that still plays by the old rules are the Giants…and I’m thankful.
        I talked about Neil rambling and here I’m doing it…back to the subject I love that book also. It just showed how much the owners owned the players and individualism was not allowed or you were blackballed.

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      19. Are you a Warren Zevon fan? I always think of his song about Bill Lee– Bill Lee– “You’re supposed to sit on your ass and nod at stupid things”–that is pretty much what baseball management demanded of players back then–and anyone who rebelled- or talked against it or seemed to find a problem with that–we’re well traveled or quickly out of a job…. I read where the Cardinals got rid of Steve Carlton over a few thousand dollars- Augie Busch got mad and said get rid of him…. … Yes the Giants seem to still be in the old school way of thinking. Is there any team that doesn’t have moneyball type front office people dealing with analytics? I think they all do. Can’t imagine that as late as the 1990’s-early 2000’s.

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      20. Yes I am a Zevon fan!…Yes I know that song
        Yes they all do to some extent now. Philadelphia was the holdout and would brag about it…we saw how Ryan Howard worked out for them. I obviously love the past but I love being smart more.
        Some of the players were saying collusion this offseason but teams are getting smarter now…or restraining themselves more now.
        Oh the players were treated like cattle back in the day. What a smart thing to do…lose your temper and get rid of a Hall of Fame pitcher.

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      21. I agree- this past off-season they were expecting the teams to over pay for less than stellar talent. If Arrietta had been coming off his sensational season he would have got a bigger deal but he was a pitcher in his 30’s now- coming off a so-so year. There were some contracts in the past that when you heard them you thought- what is that team thinking- like Sandoval with Boston- you have a player who is out of shape and starting to age a little – you don’t throw crazy money at him….. I think as we were taking about pitchers earlier- back in the day they would just throw them out there and if they could handle the work load that was great if not, we’ll just get someone else they had so little invested moneywise.. now you have say Kershaw making 30 million a year you handle him with care.

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      22. A lot of contracts were signed in the past and knowledge baseball fans knew…we are talking fans…wow what a mistake so how did the front office not see it?

        The era I started to watch baseball… pitchers pitched 200 and more innings period no matter what. Look at Fernando…they wore him out. He had a rubber arm but he was abused. I’m glad they are taking better care of them now don’t get me wrong…but like you said before if they are pitching well and smooth you don’t have to pull them at 85 or 90 pitches if they are doing well. Now relief pitchers take up the slack much more than earlier.

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      23. Lasorda abused a lot of arms- I always thought he was a jerk- and a front runner. As long as you can help him you were his boy then he threw you aside when you couldn’t help him…. the kids are alright- and american warewolf in london came in today…

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      24. He is a good story teller and motivator… that is about it. He is a jerk… he can be mean as hell to people… and I’m a Dodger fan… but a realist….

        American Werewolf in London I do hope you like.. It can be legit scary but also a few laughs….

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      25. Fernando is one of my favorite players ever and I still remember what he said when the Dodgers released him “The end comes for everyone – it came for Koufax etc.” The end came too soon Tommy because you pitched him to death. Orel Hershiser same thing.,,, Tommy was a con man. …. Looking forward to watching the movie and The Who doc again- that one was a lot of fun as I recall.

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      26. How much longer of a career those two could have had if treated properly…In 88 Orel was as unbeatable as you could get. In 89 he was just as good but with no run support.
        Yes the The Who documentary is a lot of fun. I’ve probably watched that more than any other music doc…

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      27. I am planning on watching it at least a couple times this week. … he rode pitchers hard- get what i can out of them so i can win. he did manage 3 world championship teams you can’t take that away from him but he was terrible at managing pitchers.

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      28. He should have managed 3 because the Dodgers were the better team in 1978 but he won in 81 and 88… 1978 hurts to this day. You may be counting the Olympic team.

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      29. The only thing I’ll give Tommy is he could motivate. It would NOT work today the way he did it though. The guy I’m most proud of as a Dodger fan is of course Vin Scully. Even Giant fans like him. It’s hard not to like the guy.

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      30. Think about this- two men- Connie Mack and Vin cover about all of baseball history-starting 1886 as a player- 1950 mack’s last year managing and then Vinny started in 1950 and ended 2016.

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      31. That is incredible…from Robinson to Puig…for Scully. The number of games and players they saw…
        When I was younger I did like the Yankees…let me correct that. The Yankees of the 20s. I read every book I could on Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. I also read about John McGraw and the dead ball era. My librarian ordered me a book on Christy Matheson and I was a fan of him…That is why I love baseball…the rich history that no other sport has…well to me anyway.

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      32. Yes I love the history of the game also- There was a book a couple years ago about McGraw and his Giants and how he built the teams- really only had one superstar all those years Matty- but still won- forget the title don’t know if you’ve read it or not….I love the Yankees history also back before our time– not so much when they started winning again in the 70’s..

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      33. When George bought them the mystic stopped. You know it’s odd but I don’t think of the McGraw’s Giants as the Giants I hate. I need a good baseball book. I’ll look for it. I did reread The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn a couple year back and that was great.

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      34. The McGraw book was good- i wish I could recall the title… yes I don’t think of the Yankees from Ruth- DiMaggio- to Mantle as I do The Boss’s Yankees.. The Boys of Summer -I wish he had done a follow up on that book. ,,, one of my favorite bios- Babe The Legend Comes To Life by Robert Creamer.

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      35. Yes, I read the Creamer book many years ago and loved it. Did you read the Cobb book by Al Stump? I’ve read some saying a lot of it was fiction. It was entertaining like the movie…

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      36. there is a Cobb book that came out a few years ago- A Terrible Beauty – which is excellent and sets the record straight supposedly on Cobb- and the fictions Stump spread on him.. Charles Leerhsen is the author.

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      37. I’ll get it. I know Cobb could be terrible but then I started to hear conflicting stories so I started to wonder… Thanks, I’ll check that one out.

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      38. A Terrible Beauty- he comes across of course as a flawed man but not the monster he has previously been portrayed as being.

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      39. I met someone that was in the organization in the 80s…he had horror stories about Tommy. Unless your last name was Garvey, Cey, Lopes, etc… he had no time for you. Dusty Baker and Bill Russell didn’t talk to him for years after they left.. or were forced to leave….Now Dusty is not good for pitchers arms either.

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      40. Dusty aka The Widowmaker.. maybe he learned from Tommy. Tommy seemed like that kind of a guy- the only person I have heard worse stories about is Reggie- and of course Barry Bonds.

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      41. I busted out laughing at the Widowmaker. Bonds and his leather chair and the “back off or I’ll snap” comment. As a kid Jackson was someone to hate. Not his 3 homeruns in 77 but his hip in the 78 World Series…it was interference and not called… Yes it still bothers me to this day.

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      42. That was a terrible call ever- i can still see that- I was rooting for the Dodgers in that one I would have probably rooted for the Red Army against the Yankees. … certain losses stay with you -the Reds- Pirates 1972 Bob Moose wild pitch and of course the Sid Slides. In 1972 I took it so hard because I was 11- they still had great teams for the rest of the 70’s but I watched that game at my grandparents- when the game was over i got on my bike and rode a mile home- went into the house ran up the stairs closed the door and started crying. I don’t know how I held it together so long.. my mom came up and of course asked me what was wrong- she said there would be next year.. at that point i didn’t think there would be…….Sid Slides was crushing because I knew the Pirates were do or die that year- Bonds and Drabek would be leaving- little did i think it would be 20 losing seasons in a row.

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      43. I saw that video not to long back. Wasn’t it Johnny Bench that scored or George Foster? That had to be hard..
        .I cried also…I was 11 also…but I had experience…when I was 10 Reggie hit 3 homeruns in game 6 and he was so cocky. In 78 it hurt more because they were up 2 games to none and should have taken a 3-0 series lead…Ron Cey said that play turned it all around for them. He said it should not have but it did.
        I was rooting for the Pirates because I despised the Braves. Bandwagon fans everywhere here because they were winning…I know Glavine was a great pitcher but he would get calls I swear 2 feet off the plate…him and Maddux would in the 90s.
        It should NOT have been 20 losing seasons in a row.

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      44. Bench hit the game tying home run– Foster scored the winning run on the wild pitch… From comments I see on social media it looks like Brave fans are climbing back on the bandwagon.. I still hate the Braves… I actually rooted for The Evil Empire when they played the Braves in the WS back in the 90’s. yes if LA had been up 3-0 it would have been over.

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      45. I know that was heartbreaking. It’s funny I can’t remember yesterday at times but I can remember exactly where I was sitting during those games…and how I wouldn’t move if the Dodgers were doing good.

        I made bets at work every year against them in the 90s and only lost once when they won the WS… Where I live there were no fans until they started to win…a lot of ex Red fans turned to them… I can’t do that. I Nashville got a team I would root for them but not against the Dodgers…

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      46. I’d do the same thing-sit in the same place.. i’d keep score every game with the same pen and once i couldn’t find it and was in a panic looking for it… it’s funny like those superstitions had any effect on the outcome! ….

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      47. Oh, I thought they did then! I would be sweating like I worked all day. I was spoiled…the first year I really followed baseball all the way through was 77 so in 78 I thought. Oh…this happens every year…we make it to the World Series…oh how I was wrong.

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      48. I was kind of that way too- the Pirates were pretty good nearly every year while i was growing up– if they didn’t finish first they were in the hunt- i figured they will always be good. Since 1983 they have had 7 winning seasons in 34 seasons…

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      49. Well I have to say…even in the McCourt years they were good…that was because of Dan Evans draft picks before Mcbankrupt bought The Dodgers (well…finance the Dodgers) for the most part.

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      50. I would like to see him win one more Cy Young…won’t happen this year of course… I would rather have a World Series but for him to get one more before he has to retire would be nice…. but at this point I’ll take a healthy season.

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      51. Yes he will be. He gets hurt by the homerun now….. What do you think about the baseball in the past couple of years. All of these blisters coming up on pitchers like Rich Hill with no history of that…homers left and right…

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