Life with Father - Elizabeth Taylor

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Life with Father is a 1947 American comedy film. It tells the true story of Clarence Day, a stockbroker who wants to be master of his house, but finds his wife and his children ignoring him, until they start making demands for him to change his own life. In keeping with the autobiography, all the children in the family (all boys) are redheads. It stars William Powell and Irene Dunne as Clarence and his wife, supported by Elizabeth Taylor as a beautiful teenage girl with whom Clarence's oldest son becomes infatuated, along with Edmund Gwenn, ZaSu Pitts, Jimmy Lydon and Martin Milner.Due to the Motion Picture Production Code standards of the day, the play's last line (in response to a policeman asking Mr. Day where he is going), "I'm going to be baptized, dammit!" had to be rewritten for the film.The movie was adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart from the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, which was based on the book by Clarence Day, Jr. It was directed by Michael Curtiz.William Powell - Clarence Day, Sr.Irene Dunne - Vinnie DayElizabeth Taylor - Mary SkinnerEdmund Gwenn - Rev. Dr. LloydZaSu Pitts - Cousin Cora CartwrightJimmy Lydon - Clarence Day, Jr.Emma Dunn - Margaret - the cookMoroni Olsen - Dr. HumphriesElisabeth Risdon - Mrs. Whitehead - introduces MorleyDerek Scott - Harlan DayJohnny Calkins - Whitney DayMartin Milner - John DayHeather Wilde - Annie - 1st maidMonte Blue - The PolicemanMary Field - Nora - 2nd maidClara Blandick - Miss Wiggins, the Maid Service Employment Agent[edit]Memorable QuotesEmployment agent: "Sir, before I can let any girl go from this establishment, I must know the character of the home in which she will be employed." Mr. Day: "Madam, I am the character of my home!"Clarence Day, Jr: "...outside green is the best color." Mary Skinner: "That's right. I never thought of it that way. But when you do think of it - it's quite a thought."Upon leaving Clarence Day, Jr. and Mary Skinner alone in the parlor, Mrs. Day turns and says: "Remember, it's Sunday."Mary Skinner announces through tears after sitting on Clarence Day, Jr's lap - (he tells her to "Get up! Get up!"): "Now you just think I am some bold and forward girl."Mr. Day states "I am not a guide to Chinatown and the Bowery."[edit]AwardsIt was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Powell), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color (Robert M. Haas, George Hopkins), Best Cinematography, Color and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.

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Comedy
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Life with Father, Clarence Day, William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor
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