You Can’t Take It with You (1938)

Imagine if all your relations were complete eccentrics—and you had to mix them with your beloved’s stuffy clan, like combustible substances meeting over dinner. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s supremely larky play You Can’t Take It with You won a Pulitzer, and Frank Capra’s film won a Best Picture Oscar, but something tells us you had to be there, in the 1930s, to appreciate this stagy, singsong fluff. Still, the cast is rich stuff, beginning with James Stewart and Jean Arthur as the kids in love; Lionel Barrymore, Spring Byington, Ann Miller, Mischa Auer, Dub Taylor, and Samuel S. Hinds fill out the tax-evading, semidelusional, near-anarchist Sycamore tribe.

Screenshot of James Stewart and Jean Arthur fr...
Screenshot of James Stewart and Jean Arthur from the trailer for the film You Can’t Take It with You (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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