Life With Father (1947) - Rotten Tomatoes

Life With Father1947

Life With Father (1947)




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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 outwardly has no common sense but who is the real head of the household.

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Edmund Gwenn
as Rev. Lloyd
Jimmy Lydon
as Clarence
Emma Dunn
as Margaret
Moroni Olsen
as Dr. Humphries
Elisabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Whitehead
Monte Blue
as Policeman
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Whitehead
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Wiggins
Frank Elliott
as Dr. Somers
Clara Reid
as Scrub Woman
Lois Bridge
as Corsetierre
Loie Bridge
as Corsetierre
George Meader
as Salesman
Douglas Kennedy
as Mr. Morley
Russell Arms
as Stock Quotation Operator
Jean Del Val
as Francois
Creighton Hale
as Father of Twins
Jean Andren
as Mother of Twins
Arlene Dahl
as Girl in Delmonico's
Gertrude Valerie
as Churchgoer
David Cavendish
as Churchgoer
Henry Sylvester
as Churchgoer
Hallene Hill
as Churchgoer
Laura Treadwell
as Churchgoer
Michael Mineo
as One of Twin Boys
John Beck
as Perkins the Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Life With Father

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

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

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Curtiz knocks it together without so much as breaking sweat.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

The beguiling chronicle of the Day family, so long a fixture on the Broadway scene, has been transformed faithfully and effectively.

July 15, 2021 | Full Review…

In spite of his limitations Curtiz succeeds in giving the play considerable added heart interest. This was not easy to do.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

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

March 24, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

All in all it's innocuous with infrequent laughs.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Life With Father


'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 though.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


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 "the good ol'days". There's a way things should be done, a way a family should be raised, there's the moral fiber of a family, and these considerations are on the table of a loving couple who nonetheless disagree about the answers to these thoughts and battle the whole movie for their own point of view, and battle each in their own way. Its a fun contest.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An interesting, intelligent, and realistic family drama with a great cast. I really liked it, although it was a bit boring at times.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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