Life with Father

Life with Father

William Powell
Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: William Powell
William Powell
, Irene Dunne
Irene Dunne
, Monte Blue
Monte Blue
Michael Curtiz


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The longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history, Life With Father was faithfully filmed by Warner Bros. in 1947. William Powell is a tower of comic strength as Clarence Day, the benevolent despot of his 1880s New York City household. Irene Dunne co-stars as Day's wife Vinnie, who outwardly has no more common sense than a butterfly but who is the real head of the household. The anecdotal story, encompassing such details as the eldest Day son's (James Lydon) romance with pretty out-of-towner Mary (Elizabeth Taylor), is tied together by Vinnie's tireless efforts to get her headstrong husband baptized, else he'll never be able to enter the Kingdom of God. Each scene is a little gem of comedy and pathos, as the formidable Mr. Day tries to bring a stern businesslike attitude to everyday household activities, including explaining the facts of life to his impressionable son. Donald Ogden Stewart based his screenplay upon the play by Howard Lindsey (who played Mr. Day in the original production) and Russell Crouse; the play in turn was inspired by a series of articles written by Clarence Day Jr., shortly before his death in 1933. Due to a legal tangle with the Day estate, Life With Father was withdrawn from circulation after its first run; it re-emerged on the Public Domain market in 1975.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2018
UPC: 0887936434419
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Digicomtv
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 9,015

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Clarence Day
Irene Dunne Vinnie Day
Monte Blue Policeman
ZaSu Pitts Cora
Clara Blandick Mrs. Wiggins
Johnny Calkins Whitney
Emma Dunn Margaret
Edmund Gwenn Rev. Dr. Lloyd
Elizabeth Taylor Mary Skinner
Nancy Evans Delia
Mary Field Nora
Frank Elliott Dr. Somers
Queenie Leonard Maggie
Moroni Olsen Dr. Humphries
Jimmy Lydon Clarence
Elizabeth Risdon Mrs. Whitehead
Derek Scott Harlan
Heather Wilde Annie
Martin Milner John
Joe Bernard Cashier
Lois Bridge Corsetierre
David Cavendish Actor
Arlene Dahl Girl in Delmonico's
Hallene Hill Actor
Henry Sylvester Actor
Laura Treadwell Churchgoers
Gertrude Valerie Actor
James Metcalfe Customer
Lucille Shamburger Nursemaid
Clara Reid Cleaning Woman
Philo McCullough Milkman
Douglas Kennedy Mr. Morley
George Meader Salesman
Philip Van Zandt Clerk
Russell Arms Stock Quotation Operator
Faith Kruger Hilda
Jean del Val Francois
Michael Mineo One of Twin Boys
Creighton Hale Father of Twins
Jean Andren Mother of Twins
Elaine Lange Ellen
John Beck Perkins the Clerk
Jack Martin Chef

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
George J. Amy Editor
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Buckner Producer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Ray Foster Special Effects
Robert M. Haas Production Designer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
William McGann Special Effects
William Skall Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
Perc Westmore Makeup

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