You Can't Take It With You

Frank Capra's film version of the laugh-riot George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart stage play is, in Capra's words, the story of "a happy-go-lucky family of rebels... living in perfect concord, finding happiness in individual expression: doing the things they had always wanted to do, even though they did them badly." In other words, marginal characters managing to escape the modern rat-race, and drawing into their eccentric fold the likes of million-heir Jimmy Stewart and his family when Stewart wants to marry their daughter. Like Capra's earlier social comedies, You Can't Take It With You hits out at wealth and the American way of isms, making an hilarious if wistful case for the simple pleasures and that elsewhere elusive little object, the "key to happiness."

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