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Life with Father

Irene Dunne and William Powell have captured to a considerable extent the charm of the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse [based on the book by Clarence Day Jr]. The major humor of the story, based on Father's eccentric characteristics and Mother's continual mollifying of his tantrums, is still evident in the pic. The Day children are not as effectively projected as in the play, but this, too, has been shrouded by the lesser intimacy of the pic.

With:
Irene Dunne William Powell Elizabeth Taylor Edmund Gwenn ZaSu Pitts Jimmy Lydon

Irene Dunne and William Powell have captured to a considerable extent the charm of the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse [based on the book by Clarence Day Jr]. The major humor of the story, based on Father’s eccentric characteristics and Mother’s continual mollifying of his tantrums, is still evident in the pic. The Day children are not as effectively projected as in the play, but this, too, has been shrouded by the lesser intimacy of the pic.

Elizabeth Taylor, as the vis-a-vis for Clarence Day Jr, is sweetly feminine as the demure visitor to the Day household, while Jimmy Lydon, as young Clarence, is likewise effective as the potential Yale man. Edmund Gwenn, as the minister, and ZaSu Pitts, a constantly visiting relative, head the supporting players who contribute stellar performances.

1947: Nominations: Best Actor (William Powell), Color Cinematography, Color Art Direction, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture

Life with Father

Production: Warner. Director Michael Curtiz; Producer Robert Buckner; Screenplay Donald Ogden Stewart; Camera Peverell Marley, William V. Skall; Editor George Amy; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Robert M. Haas

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 118 MIN.

With: Irene Dunne William Powell Elizabeth Taylor Edmund Gwenn ZaSu Pitts Jimmy Lydon

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