Life With Father
Life With Father (1947)

In this faithful film adaptation of the longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history, William Powell stars as Clarence Day, the benevolent despot of his 1880s New York City household. Irene Dunne co-stars as Day's wife, who… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1947
DVD Release Date: August 4, 1998
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Irene Dunne and William Powell have captured to a considerable extent the charm of the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.

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All in all it's innocuous with infrequent laughs.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Curtiz knocks it together without so much as breaking sweat.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Good cast, competent direction can't save this seemingly interminable nostalgia flood.

TV Guide

Powell is nothing less than magnificent as the mustached philosophizing patriarch, and Dunne casts a warm glow beside him.

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Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Dunn and Powell are adorable, musty charm in this sweet family classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
'Life with Father' may be worth watching for a little historical perspective of the late 19th century. I am glad that wasn't my period in life… More
Stella Dallas
i'd forgotten all about this charming film based on a long running broadway play. william powell is hilarious as the always exasperated father of a… More
Kevin M. Williams
Irene Dunn and William Powell radiate likeable charm like a bakery throws out smells good from a block away in this slice-o-life family drama depicting… More
Lanning : )
Wow, Elizabeth Taylor gets top billing for this one -- here at flixster. That's very interesting. <p> Question: Do you ever ride public… More
Aj V
An interesting, intelligent, and realistic family drama with a great cast. I really liked it, although it was a bit boring at times.
John Ballantine
It's a silly little family story but one that is not without charm. It probably didn't take much effort to produce this ditty but there are worse… More