Title: You Can’t Take it With You
Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur
Director: Frank Capra
Runtime: 2 hr 6 mins
Is It Any Good?: It’s a bit schmaltzy, but otherwise enjoyable film. Lionel Barrymore steals the show here as “Grandpa” Martin Vanderhof, a man so disenfranchised with the corporate game he quits it all together. His family is the family on the block that everyone knows! They’re charitable, giving and always trying to do the right thing, not just for themselves, but for their neighbors. When grandpa’s only single granddaughter Alice falls for the man she works with, Mr. Tony Kirby Jr. there’s only one problem with their possible love story…Tony’s family! You see while Alice’s are more excepting of everyone the Kirby’s are rather snobbish, particularly Tony’s bourgeois mother. At the same time, Mr. Kirby is in the midst of a huge conglomeration, one he doesn’t know is being held up by Grandpa and his band of misfits.
Memorable Quote: Grandpa Martin Vanderhof: Lincoln said, “With malice toward none, with the charity to all.” Nowadays they say, “Think the way I do or I’ll bomb the daylights outta you.”