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You Can't Take It with You is a romantic comedy film about a rich man who becomes engaged with a woman from an eccentric family. The film displays Tony Kirby, a son of a wealthy banker and a snobbish mother, as he falls in love with Alice, the only normal members of her family. Tony's parents disapprove of their relationship, so once his parents are invited to dinner by their future in-laws, things go a bit haywire. Directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, and Edward Arnold. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Heart.

You Can't Take It with You received great success in theaters and at awards ceremonies. It won two Oscar awards for Best Picture and Best Director and was nominated for five additional Academy Awards. Continue reading for some hilarious quotes from You Can't Take It with You.


Doorman: Good morning, Mr. Kirby.
Anthony P. Kirby: Good morning.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: How's Essie doing?
Boris Kolenkhov: Confidentially, she stinks.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Oh well, as long as she's happy.
Tony Kirby: Sometimes you're so beautiful it just gags me.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: If it's illegal to manufacture fireworks without a permit, then I guess we're guilty of that too, because we've been doing it a long time.
Penny Sycamore: I don't feel guilty, do you, Essie?
Essie Carmichael: No.
Penny Sycamore: Donald, were you ever in a monastery?
Donald: No, I don't go no place much. I'm on relief.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Do you have any Russian stamps for me?
Boris Kolenkhov: No, nobody writes to me anymore. They are all dead.
Poppins: The die is cast. I'm a lily!
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Have some popcorn.
Mrs. Anthony P. Kirby: [to Alice] If you had any sense, young woman, you'd stay where you belong and stop being ambitious.
Essie Carmichael: Shall I sock her, Alice?
Alice Sycamore: It's for you.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: Why bless my soul, a new harmonica.
Alice Sycamore: I got it for you for your birthday.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff: How do you know when my birthday is? Even I don't know.
Alice Sycamore: Anytime I get an impulse to get you something, that's your birthday.
Grandpa Martin Vanderhof: [offering grace] Quiet, please, quiet! Well, sir, here we are again. We've had quite a time of it lately, but it seems that the worst of it is over. Course, the fireworks all blew up, but we can't very well blame that on you. Anyway, everything's turned out fine, as it usually does. Alice is going to marry Tony; Mr. Kirby, who's turned out to be a very good egg, sold us back our house - he'll probably forget all about big deals for a while. Nobody on our block has to move; and, with the right handling, I think we can even thaw out Mrs. Kirby here. We've all got our health; as far as anything else is concerned, we still leave that up to you. Thank you. Bring it on, Reba!
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