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Life with Father


This film's excellent cast brings interest to a story of otherwise routine family events. Almost all of the performers are nicely matched with their characters, especially William Powell and Irene Dunne as the parents.

Life with Father is a 1947 American comedy film.


Due to the Motion Picture Production Code standards of the day, the play's last line (in response to a policeman asking Mr. Day where he is going), "I'm going to be baptism, dammit!" had to be rewritten for the film.
The movie was adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart from the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, which was based on the book by Clarence Day It was directed by Michael Curtiz.


  • William Powell - Clarence Day, Sr.
  • Irene Dunne - Vinnie Day
  • Elizabeth Taylor - Mary Skinner
  • Edmund Gwenn - Rev. Dr. Lloyd
  • ZaSu Pitts - Cousin Cora Cartwright
  • Jimmy Lydon - Clarence Day, Jr.
  • Emma Dunn - Margaret - the cook
  • Moroni Olsen - Dr. Humphries
  • Elisabeth Risdon - Mrs. Whitehead - introduces Morley
  • Derek Scott (actor) - Harlan Day
  • Johnny Calkins - Whitney Day
  • Martin Milner - John Day
  • Heather Wilde - Annie - 1st maid
  • Monte Blue - The Policeman
  • Mary Field - Nora - 2nd maid
  • Clara Blandick - Miss Wiggins, the Maid Service Employment Agent

Memorable quotes

  • Employment agent: "Sir, before I can let any girl go from this establishment, I must know the character of the home in which she will be employed." Mr. Day: "Madam, I am the character of my home!"
  • Clarence Day, Jr: "...outside green is the best color." Mary Skinner: "That's right. I never thought of it that way. But when you do think of it - it's quite a thought."
  • Upon leaving Clarence Day, Jr. and Mary Skinner alone in the parlor, Mrs. Day turns and says: "Remember, it's Sunday."
  • Mary Skinner announces through tears after sitting on Clarence Day, Jr's lap - (he tells her to "Get up! Get up!"): "Now you just think I am some bold and forward girl."
  • Mr. Day states "I am not a guide to Chinatown and The Bowery."


It was nominated for Academy Awards for Academy Award for Best Actor (William Powell), Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Robert M. Haas, George Hopkins (set designer)), Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Academy Award for Original Music Score.< name="NY Times"></>


The film earned rentals of $5.9 million in rentals in North America. Through a clerical error, the film was not renewed for copyright and has fallen into the public domain. There is a digitally remastered version in the Archive Movie Collection through with a copyright date of 2009.

Category:1947 films
Category:1940s comedy films
Category:American comedy films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films directed by Michael Curtiz
Category:Warner Bros. films
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