You Can't Take It With You

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1930s, Best Picture nominee 1930 to 1939

Brief Synopsis: "Alice, the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby. His wealthy banker father, Anthony P. Kirby, and his snobbish mother, strongly disapprove of the match. When the Kirbys are invited to dinner to become better acquainted with their future in-laws, things do not turn out the way Alice had hoped."

Overall Ranking: 2922 (Rank from 1938: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 25%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 25%


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People Involved

  • Jean Arthur (Alice Sycamore)
  • Lionel Barrymore (Grandpa Martin Vanderhof)
  • James Stewart (Tony Kirby)
  • Edward Arnold (Anthony P. Kirby)
  • Mischa Auer (Boris Kolenkhov)
  • Ann Miller (Essie Carmichael)
  • Spring Byington (Penny Sycamore)
  • Samuel S. Hinds (Paul Sycamore)
  • Donald Meek (Mr. Poppins)
  • H.B. Warner (Mr. Ramsey)
  • Halliwell Hobbes (Mr. DePinna)
  • Dub Taylor (Ed Carmichael)
  • Mary Forbes (Mrs. Anthony P. Kirby)
  • Lillian Yarbo (Rheba)
  • Eddie Rochester Anderson (Donald)
  • Clarence Wilson (John Blakely)
  • Josef Swickard (Professor)
  • Ann Doran (Maggie ONeill)
  • Christian Rub (Schmidt)
  • Bodil Rosing (Mrs. Schmidt)
  • Charles Lane (Henderson)
  • Harry Davenport (Judge)
  • Irving Bacon (Henry - the Head Waiter (uncredited))
  • Ward Bond (Mike - the Detective (uncredited))
  • James Burke (Chief Detective (uncredited))
  • Eddy Chandler (Plainclothes Policeman (uncredited))
  • Anne Cornwall (Miss Jones - Blakelys Secretary (uncredited))
  • Nell Craig (Blakelys Inquisitive Office Worker (uncredited))
  • Edgar Dearing (Bill - Plainclothes Policeman (uncredited))
  • Pat Flaherty (Police Guard at Courtroom Entrance (uncredited))
  • Bess Flowers (Martins Neighbor in Courtroom (uncredited))
  • Robert Greig (Lord Melville (uncredited))
  • Kit Guard (Inmate Wearing Black Cap (uncredited))
  • John Hamilton (Kirbys Dining Guest (uncredited))
  • Edward Hearn (Court Attendant (uncredited))
  • Russell Hicks (Kirbys Attorney (uncredited))
  • Edward Keane (Board Member (uncredited))
  • Pert Kelton (Inmate (uncredited))
  • Edwin Maxwell (Kirbys Attorney (uncredited))
  • Frank McClure (Restaurant Patron (uncredited))
  • Charles McMurphy (Guard (uncredited))
  • James Millican (Policeman (uncredited))
  • Edward Peil Sr. (Neighbor Helping with Move (uncredited))
  • Ian Wolfe (Kirbys Secretary (uncredited))
  • Frank Capra (Director)