Life with Father (1947)

Life With Father (1947)

1h 53min. // A headstrong 19th century stockbroker, Clarence Day (William Powell), strives (unsuccessfully) to make his family function as efficiently as his Wall Street office. Mr. Day likes things to go his way, and naively believes that he controls every aspect of his families affairs, though his wife Vinnie Day (Irene Dunne) is really the one running the show. The anecdotal story encompasses such details as Clarence’s attempts to find a new maid, a plan by Clarence Jr. and his younger brother John to make easy money selling patent medicines, and Clarence’s general contempt for the era’s political corruption and the trappings of organized religion. With Elizabeth Taylor.


Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Writing Credits: Clarence Day (memoir “Life with Father”), Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay)

Starring: William Powell (as Clarence Day – Father), Irene Dunne (as Vinnie Day – Mother) and Elizabeth Taylor (as Mary Skinner)


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WON. Golden Globes, USA 1948. Best Original Score. Max Steiner.

NOMINATED. Academy Awards, USA 1948. Best Actor in a Leading Role. William Powell.

NOMINATED. Academy Awards, USA 1948. Best Cinematography, Color. J. Peverell Marley, William V. Skall.

NOMINATED. Academy Awards, USA 1948. Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color. Robert M. Haas, George James Hopkins.

NOMINATED. Academy Awards, USA 1948. Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Max Steiner.


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Irene Dunne, Johnny Calkins, Jimmy Lydon, Martin Milner, and Derek Scott in Life with Father (1947)

William Powell and Irene Dunne in Life with Father


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