DirectorMichael Curtiz Initial DVD releaseAugust 4, 1998 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateAugust 14, 1947 (1947-08-14) (U.S.) Based onLife with Father
by Clarence Day
1939 play by Howard Lindsay
Russel Crouse WriterClarence Day (memoir "Life with Father"), Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play), Howard Lindsay (from the original play by), Russel Crouse (from the original play by) CastWilliam Powell (Clarence Day, Sr.), Irene Dunne (Vinnie Day), Elizabeth Taylor (Mary Skinner), Edmund Gwenn (Rev. Dr. Lloyd), ZaSu Pitts (Cousin Cora Cartwright), Jimmy Lydon (Clarence Day, Jr.) Similar moviesMongolian Ping Pong, The Cave of the Yellow Dog, The Story of the Weeping Camel, Boyhood, Poltergeist, Wall Street
TaglineHere for all!! All the happiness of the play that ran longer, the laughs that were louder than any known before!
Life with father 1947 comedy
Life with Father is a 1947 Technicolor American comedy film. It tells the true story of Clarence Day, a stockbroker who wants to be master of his house, but finds his wife and his children ignoring him, until they start making demands for him to change his own life. The story draws largely on the insistence by his wife that Clarence be baptized and Clarence's stubborn, sometimes ill-tempered nature. In keeping with the autobiography, all the children in the family (all boys) are redheads. It stars William Powell and Irene Dunne as Clarence and his wife, supported by Elizabeth Taylor as a beautiful teenage girl with whom Clarence's oldest son becomes infatuated, along with Edmund Gwenn, ZaSu Pitts, Jimmy Lydon and Martin Milner. The film and its audio entered the public domain in 1975.
Stockbroker Clarence Day (William Powell), is a benevolent despot of his 1880s New York City household, striving to make it function as efficiently as his Wall Street office but usually failing. His wife Vinnie (Irene Dunne) is the real head of the household. The anecdotal story encompasses such details as Clarence's attempts to find a new maid; a romance between his oldest son Clarence Jr. (Jimmy Lydon) and pretty out-of-towner Mary Skinner (Elizabeth Taylor); a plan by Clarence Jr. and his younger brother John (Martin Milner) to make easy money selling patent medicines; Clarence's general contempt for the era's political corruption and the trappings of organized religion; and Vinnie's push to get him baptized so he can enter the kingdom of God.
William Powell as Clarence Day, Sr.
Irene Dunne as Vinnie Day
Elizabeth Taylor as Mary Skinner
Edmund Gwenn as Rev. Dr. Lloyd
ZaSu Pitts as Cousin Cora Cartwright
Jimmy Lydon as Clarence Day, Jr.
Emma Dunn as Margaret as the Cook
Moroni Olsen as Dr. Humphries
Elisabeth Risdon as Mrs. Whitehead - introduces Morley
Martin Milner as John Day
Johnny Calkins as Whitney Day
Derek Scott as Harlan Day
Heather Wilde as Annie, 1st maid
Mary Field as Nora, 2nd maid
Monte Blue as The Policeman
Clara Blandick as Miss Wiggins, the Maid Service Employment Agent
Due to the Motion Picture Production Code standards of the day, the play's last line (in response to a policeman asking Mr. Day where he is going), "I'm going to be baptized, dammit!" had to be rewritten for the film.
The movie was adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart from the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, which was based on the book by Clarence Day, Jr. It was directed by Michael Curtiz.
Employment agent: "Sir, before I can let any girl go from this establishment, I must know the character of the home in which she will be employed." Mr. Day: "Madam, I am the character of my home!"
Clarence Day, Jr: "...outside green is the best color." Mary Skinner: "That's right. I never thought of it that way. But when you do think of it - it's quite a thought."
Upon leaving Clarence Day, Jr. and Mary Skinner alone in the parlor, Mrs. Day turns and says: "Remember, it's Sunday."
Mary Skinner announces through tears after sitting on Clarence Day, Jr's lap - (he tells her to "Get up! Get up!"): "Now you just think I am some bold and forward girl."
Mr. Day states "I am not a guide to Chinatown and The Bowery."
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Powell), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color (Robert M. Haas, George Hopkins), Best Cinematography, Color and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
As Warner Bros. never owned complete rights to this film (the studio did and still does own the theatrical distribution and music rights), other companies have been able to release home video versions of Life with Father under different licenses; with some varying by quality.
The film earned $5.9 million in rentals in North America.
Through a clerical error, the film was not renewed for copyright and has fallen into the public domain. There is a digitally remastered version in the Archive Movie Collection through Digicom.tv with a copyright date of 2009.