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Life With Father

Based on one of the longest running Broadway plays, this heartwarming family film showcases William Powell (in his Academy Award nominated performance) as an eccentric father with a heart of gold.
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DVD Features:

  • From a play by Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse
  • Based on the book "Life With Father" by Clarence Day
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 4, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1947
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 11


User Ratings: 1,629
All in all it's innocuous with infrequent laughs. Full Review
May 24, 2003
Curtiz knocks it together without so much as breaking sweat. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Rating: 5/5 -- Dunn and Powell are adorable, musty charm in this sweet family classic.
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Sep 12, 2002
Irene Dunne and William Powell have captured to a considerable extent the charm of the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009
Rating: 4/4 -- Powell is nothing less than magnificent as the mustached philosophizing patriarch, and Dunne casts a warm glow beside him. Full Review
TV Guide
Mar 24, 2011
Rating: 3/5 -- Good cast, competent direction can't save this seemingly interminable nostalgia flood.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Jan 23, 2003

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The longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history, "Life With Father" was brought to joyous comedic life on film in 1947. Based on Clarence Day's writings about his own family, Life With Father stars screen legends William Powell and Irene Dunne as Clarence and Vinnie Day. Clarence is the headstrong yet loving family patriarch, while Vinnie is his "dizzy" wife, whose real genius is letting her husband believe it is really he who is running the family. Filled with warmth and humor, the film follows the family's adventures in 1880's New York City. Look for a young Elizabeth Taylor in an important supporting role as one of the Day son's romantic interests.

Life With Father was one of the top grossing films of the year and received Academy Award nominations in the Cinematography, Musical Scoring and Art Direction categories. A further nomination went to William Powell, who was cited by the New York Film Critics as the year's "Best Actor."

Product Description:

One of the best family films ever made which resulted in a N.Y. Film Critics Award for Powell. This delightful comedy based on Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse's Broadway play provides a look at family life in New York City during the 1880's. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Actor--William Powell. This classic also features Irene Dunn, Edmund Gwenn and a young Elizabeth Taylor.

Plot Synopsis:

Based on the popular stage play, which was adapted from Clarence Day Jr.'s own childhood reminiscences, about growing up in 1880s Manhattan with his stern, but loving, father, wise mother, and three younger brothers.


Production Notes:

  • Color by Technicolor.
  • Additional cast: Derek Scott (Harlan), Johnny Calkins (Whitney), Frank Elliott (Dr. Somers), Queenie Leonard (Maggie), and Nancy Evans (Delia).
  • Adapted from the stage production by Oscar Serlin.
  • Additional credits; Clarence Day Jr. (technical adviser) and Ray Foster (special effects).
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A Delightful Film...for the entire family! Movie Lover: from Long Island, NY -- May, 9, 2009

This is one of my favorite films- A true delight! The entire family will love this. William Powell is the perfect father of a family of 'red heads', Irene Dunne is his red-headed wife who tries his patience but will a great deal of love. A young Elizabeth Taylor co-stars. A fun and touching film-

Life with Father Movie Lover: from florida -- July, 30, 2003

This is a delightful, entertaining, family movie. I have watched it several times. I especially enjoy Irene Dunne's character as the mother of this family.

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  • Sales Rank: 11,068
  • UPC: 089218316295
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