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You Can't Take It With You (1984 TV) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jason Robards, Maureen Anderman, Elizabeth Wilson, Nicolas Surovy, Colleen Dewhurst

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Alice Sycamore, a nice girl employed downtown, has fallen in love with the boss's son, Tony Kirby, but is very nervous about letting him (let alone his wealthy, proper folks) meet her eccentric family. Grandfather Martin Vanderhof (Robards) walked out on his Wall Street job decades ago; mother Penny writes play after play because a typewriter was delivered to the house by mistake (thus ending her horrid painting phase); Alice's Dad makes fireworks in the basement, which often go off unexpectedly; her dingy sister makes candy and wants to be a ballet dancer; and a constant parade of various other weirdoes (most notably the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina, played by Dewhurst, who escaped Russia and now waits tables downtown) marches through the house. This 1984 stage production of Kaufman & Hart's beloved late Depression era comedy was taped during its Broadway run. (The Capra film version that starred Jimmy Stewart diverged from the original play significantly.) The sound is poor, and the play gets a little preachy at the end, but there's plenty of lively acting, and Robards is perfectly loveable.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   adults acting eccentric Lover is...    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   play

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