Life With Father (1947)

Seventy-four years ago today, the film Life With Father premiered. Through a clerical error, it was not renewed for copyright and has fallen into the public domain. You can watch the full film below.

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Title: Life With Father
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Produced by: Robert Buckner
Screenplay by: Donald Ogden Stewart
Based on: Life with Father 1935 novel by Clarence Day 1939 play by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse
Starring: William Powell, Irene Dunne
Music by: Max Steiner
Cinematography: William V. Skall, J. Peverell Marley
Edited by: George Amy
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Release date: August 14, 1947 (U.S.)
Running time: 118 min.
Budget: $4,710,000
Box office: $6,455,000

Stockbroker Clarence Day is the benevolent curmudgeon 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 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. and pretty out-of-towner Mary Skinner, a plan by Clarence Jr. and his younger brother John 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.

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