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MOVIE REVIEW | You Can’t Take it With You (1938)

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“You may be a high mogul to yourself, Mr. Kirby, but to me you’re a failure. Failure as a man, failure as a human being, even a failure as a father. When your time comes, I doubt if a single tear will be shed over you”.

Frank Capra behind the camera. Jimmy Stewart in front of it. A movie made in 1938. You’d better be ready from some saccharine sweet sentimentality. Actually, that’s unfair. Because while the cheap imitations of this kind of story telling over the last 80 odd years usually succumb to gag inducing saccharine sweet sentimentality, Capra and Stewart knew how to do it right. They did it while tackling depression and suicide in It’s a Wonderful Life. They did it with politics and corruption in Mr Smith Goes to Washington. And, they did it with general optimism and human nature, in You Can’t Take it With You.

Edward Arnold is Anthony P Kirby, banking fat cat, surrounded by his banking fat cat cronies. They’re on the verge of creating the largest monopoly America has ever known. Soon there won’t be a gun, canon or bullet made in America that doesn’t come out of one of their factories. All they need to do is buy one last house in a little neighbourhood of no real importance, and their conglomerate of death will be complete. So of course, the house purchase goes off without a hitch, and their fortunes are secure. (more…)