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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 Due to a legal tangle with the Day estate, Life With Father was withdrawn from circulation after its first run; it re-emerged on the Public Domain market in 1975. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 13, 1947

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Max Steiner Best Original Score 1947 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Max Steiner Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1947 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle William Powell Best Actor 1947 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Powell Best Actor 1947 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences J. Peverell Marley Best Color Cinematography 1947 Nominee

Cast

William Powell
as Clarence Day
Irene Dunne
as Vinnie Day
Monte Blue
as Policeman
ZaSu Pitts
as Cora
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Wiggins
Emma Dunn
as Margaret
Edmund Gwenn
as Rev. Dr. Lloyd
Elizabeth Taylor
as Mary Skinner
Mary Field
as Nora
Queenie Leonard
as Maggie
Moroni Olsen
as Dr. Humphries
Jimmy Lydon
as Clarence
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Whitehead
Derek Scott
as Harlan
Heather Wilde
as Annie
Martin Milner
as John
Arlene Dahl
as Girl in Delmonico's
Hallene Hill
Henry Sylvester
Laura Treadwell
as Churchgoers
James Metcalfe
as Customer
Clara Reid
as Cleaning Woman
Philo McCullough
as Milkman
Douglas Kennedy
as Mr. Morley
George Meader
as Salesman
Philip Van Zandt
as Clerk
Russell Arms
as Stock Quotation Operator
Faith Kruger
as Hilda
Jean del Val
as Francois
Michael Mineo
as One of Twin Boys
Creighton Hale
as Father of Twins
Jean Andren
as Mother of Twins
Douglas Kennedy
as Mr. Morley
Creighton Hale
as Father of Twins
Michael Mineo
as One of Twin Boys
Philip Van Zandt
as Clerk
Jean del Val
as Francois
Philo McCullough
as Milkman
Laura Treadwell
as Churchgoers
Arlene Dahl
as Girl in Delmonico's
Faith Kruger
as Hilda
Clara Reid
as Cleaning Woman
Russell Arms
as Stock Quotation Operator
George Meader
as Salesman
James Metcalfe
as Customer

Crew

Michael Curtiz
Director
Robert Buckner
Producer
Russel Crouse
Play Author
Howard Lindsay
Play Author
Donald Ogden Stewart
Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley
Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
George J. Amy
Editor
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
William McGann
Special Effects
Ray Foster
Special Effects
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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