You Cant Take it With You (1938)


you cant“Maybe it’ll stop you trying to be so desperate about making more money than you can ever use? You can’t take it with you, Mr. Kirby. So what good is it? As near as I can see, the only thing you can take with you is the love of your friends.” Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff

Number of Times Seen –1 (24 Oct 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A girl from a very eccentric family falls in love with the son of a wealthy man and both families learn a lot from each other about life and what’s truly important.

My Take on it – Frank Capra was the king of feel-good movies. IMHO, this is his best besides It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

The message is simple – live life to the fullest because anything else you do stays here after you die.  Do what you can to make yourself happy and also for those around you.

Great Capra cast (as usual) with Jimmy Stewart, Edward Arnold, Jean Arthur and especially Lionel Barrymore (who we are all use to seeing as the evil Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).  It was nice to see him as the sentimental and thoughtful patriarch).

Winner of 2 (of 7) Oscars – Best Picture and Director (Capra)

It lost – Screenplay, Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress (Spring Byington), Film Editing and Sound Recording.

Bottom Line – Great Capra feel-good movie.  Great message and it was nice to see Lionel Barrymore as a sentimental man instead of the grouch we all know him as.  Recommended

Rating – Globe Worthy

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