Life with Father
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The longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history, Life With Father was faithfully filmed by Warner Bros. in 1947. William Powell is a tower of comic strength as Clarence Day, the benevolent despot of his 1880s New York City household. Irene Dunne co-stars as Day's wife Vinnie, who outwardly has no more common sense than a butterfly but who is the real head of the household. The anecdotal story, encompassing such details as the eldest Day son's (James Lydon) romance with pretty out-of-towner Mary (Elizabeth Taylor), is tied together by Vinnie's tireless efforts to get her… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Irene Dunne and William Powell have captured to a considerable extent the charm of the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"All in all it's innocuous with infrequent laughs."
‑ , Film4
"Curtiz knocks it together without so much as breaking sweat."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Good cast, competent direction can't save this seemingly interminable nostalgia flood."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Powell is nothing less than magnificent as the mustached philosophizing patriarch, and Dunne casts a warm glow beside him."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Dunn and Powell are adorable, musty charm in this sweet family classic."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
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