- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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Which DVD to buy?
- H. Koiman
This is my favorite movie of all time. But I have had trouble finding a good copy on DVD. The one that is actually shown on the TCM broadcasts (usually around Father's Day or William Powell festivals) is the best copy I've ever seen, I guess I should DVR it. On TCM's website, they have no fewer than FOUR DVDs for sale with this title. They have 2 different versions listed as "DVD" for $4.95, then they have one that's listed as "DVD-Manufactured On Demand" for $11.95, and then they have one listed as "DVD-Manufactured On Demand, Remastered, NTSC Format" for $8.95. Is any one of these the good copy that they show on their broadcasts? VERY confusing.
Life with Father
- Alfred Garshong
Arguably the best movie I have ever seen. Mr and Mrs Day and the 4 boys made my heart melt. The humor is indeed a therapy. Love it!!!!!
Those Four Brothers!
- Raymond Banacki
Lovely film, and I especially enjoyed the four boys - Jimmy Lydon (as Clarence), Martin Milner (as John), Derek Scott (as Harlan) and Johnny Calkins (as Whitney).
Life With Father
I agree totally with Harold Jacobs and his review from 08-24-12. I also have two VERY bad DVDs. Not only the color but the audio too. I want to buy a good one. Hasn't any company made a new DVD? I'm determined to find one as good as what I see on TV. This is one of my most favorite movies of all time.
What a great family movie! One of my favorite classics!
...that little pug dog...
love that every member of the family is a redhead--except that little pug dog!!
The most under appreciated movie of it's time.
- Kathy Haider
I think the one word to describe this movie is charming. William Powell and Irene Dunne are just that, making you love them both, despite night and day personalities. Clarence Day Sr. is the epitome of an old fashioned father, so brisk and stern, seemingly tight fisted with the money too. But you see from the house, the maids, the ring he brings Vinnie (Mrs. Day), he's really not. And when he's told his wife is sick, money is no object. Vinnie (Ms. Dunne) is much more carefree and easy going as her husband, except when she finds out he's not baptized! I know, on paper, this doesn't sound like a hilarious premise, but this cast pulls it off. I never miss an opportunity to watch this movie and I realize as the final scene concludes, my face is sore from the smile I've worn for the last 2 hours.
Thank you for playing "Life with Father"
- Laura Baldschun
I just tried to watch one of my all time favorite films and was dismayed to hear and see a "remastered" version. I wrote an email to Warner Brothers to let them know that this film is a treasure and they should restore it. I was very happy to see that TCM is showing it on June 15. THANK YOU!!! TCM is a treasure!!!
LIFE WITH FATHER
- scarlett harden
I love this movie very much, every month I look at TCM schedule to see what is playing and when I saw Life with Father was it made my heart jump, thank-you TCM
truly grateful !
I stand "amazed", even today, that I enjoy this film as much as I do; yes, love this film, as much as I do ! I am one of those people who was raised in a house, not a home, with a very cruel, authoritarian, physically, as well as, verbally and emotionally abusive, biological, father. For decades, it was impossible to find any humor at the idea associated with the word, "father"; that is, until, I saw this film.I first saw this film, probably two years ago. I was 66 years old at the time. Thank you, TCM, for making it possible to truly laugh out loud, while I watch a film that depicts the idea of a person I so hated and feared all my life. I am indeed, so grateful to you for making it possible for me to know about, and enjoy such a wonderful film as, "Life with Father". Many, many thanks to you. Please keep on showing beautiful movies like this one. Alice
Life With Father, with my mother
Life with Father was one of my late mother's favorite films, starring one of her favorite actresses, Irene Dunne (also Showboat, and I Remember Mama, her best-loved Dunne film). The scene my mother loved most was the one in which Irene Dunne explains to William Powell that she has traded the ceramic dog for their son's new suit, and Powell tries to convince her there ain't no such thing as a free lunch: "Well, McCreary's isn't giving anything away-- they're going to make me pay for something!" "Well, don't you let them!" (or dialogue to that effect). My mom was clever, and she pinched pennies till Abe's eyes popped out, but even she knew you couldn't pull this one off, and she never ceased to laugh at this scene.
My Favorite Movie of all time
One of the few movies that each time I see it I find something new. My Favorite movie of all time.
LIFE WITH FATHER DVD QUALITY
- Harold Jacobs
Life With Father is a wonderful movie. I purchased this DVD from TCM and was shocked at the terrible quality. The box claims that it has been "digitally remastered" but what good is that when it was produced from a non-Technicolor print which has scratches and doesn't even always hold a steady frame. The colors are awful. I cannot believe that TCM would sell such an inferior product and, since it is no better than the one I already have from another company, I want to return it. BUYER BEWARE!
How did they get Elizabeth Taylor
- Jack The Hat
Just one question? Since Elizbeth Taylor was MGM's greatest asset, how did Jack Warner get Louis B. Mayer to lend Elizabeth for this film? There must be a story there.
One of My Favorite Movies
- Karen Mosley
This is a favorite movie of all time. William Powell's acting is supurb and funny. I wish they would sell the remastered version they run on Turner. I've tried twice to buy this film only to find I have to send it back. The audio recording is terrible on the version they sell. I'm a hopeful "someday owner" of this film.
- Gunter Meisner
"Now CLare, you gave your word! You must be baptized!" I love it.
Life with Fathr
This is a wonderful family comedy. Some of the funniest lines ever. Great acting by all. TCM needs to make a good dvd available for purchase.Amazon and Netflix have the poorest quality picture and sound I have ever seen on a dvd movie...what a waste, very difficult to sit through and hard to enjoy. Sound is difficult to understand and color is practically nonexistent - the great music is left wanting clarity. For now, try to watch this on TCM - look for it. --- and tape it for your children to enjoy as well. I Love TCM!
Life With Father
- Virginia Faulknor
Irene Dunne and William Powell are the perfect combination. This is a wonderful turn of the century tale about a straight back man who melts like butter for his precious wife Vinne. It is an all time favorite of my family and I know it will be for everyone.
A delightful movie!
Irene Dunne has a wonderful performance as Vinnie, the mother. The scene where Irene/Vinnie must explain where $5 went to William Powell/Father is a classic! Who else could turn it around so that Father owes HER money back! Great performances throughout this movie, a real gem!
A real gem.
- Mrs. J. Gill
Fans of Liz Taylor will love her in one of her first films... cast as the teenaged girlfriend in this heart warming film. The movie is based on the book of the name...about a very excentric father and his family living in New York in the late 1800's. Absolutely one of my top ten favourite films. Five Stars.