Life with Father (1947)
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You can tell Life with Father is based on a series of short stories (or on a Broadway play based on a series of short stories, same difference) because it is very nearly plotless. It might as well be several episodes of a sitcom mashed together. Nevertheless, as a comic character piece, it is very amusing indeed. William Powell is perfect as the obtuse, opinionated patriarch who will argue with God himself if he needs to, never bending the knee to anything or anyone (cue the only baptism farce I've ever experienced in any medium), and Irene Dunn is his match, expertly handling him to get her way, with some confounding but funny ideas about home finances. But it all comes from a place of love, or else it wouldn't be as charming. The subplots involving their four sons (and a young Elizabeth Taylor as love interest) are only interesting insofar as they connect to the lead couple's relationship, but there's some useful mirroring going on there. I might have tuned in to see these people week in, week out, which is to the film's credit, but AS a film, it does tend to meander.
Quite the unique show -- all about Mr. Day (William Powell) and his demanding, irreverent way of running his life and family. Mrs. Day (Irene Dunne) tries to get him into heaven, and his son discovers to his great scare that he's becoming like his dad when he wears his father's old suit. Elizabeth Taylor is the girl who fascinates Day's eldest, prompting Mr. Day to go on a monologue on the way to deal with women -- which we realize even he has not got figured out when Mrs. Day comes on. A resolution that wasn't overly sentimental or too much -- but just right for the characters involved. A unique comedy -- my dad was cracking up!!
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