Director: Frank Capra Cast: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller, Spring Byington, Samuel S. Hinds, Donald Meeks, H.B. Warner, Halliwell Hobbes, Dub Taylor, Mary Forbes, Lillian Yarbo, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Clarence Wilson, Josef Swickard, Ann Doran, Christian Rub, Bodil Rosing, Charles Lane, Harry Davenport
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Frank Capra)
Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Spring Byington); Best Screenplay (Robert Riskin); Best Cinematography; Best Sound, Recording; Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: c. 2011
Synopsis: A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.
Did You Know? Shortly after filming began, Lionel Barrymore lost the use of his legs due to arthritis and a hip injury. To accommodate him, the script was altered so that his character had sprained his ankle, and he did the film on crutches.
Quotables: VANDERHOF: When things go bad nowadays, you go out and get yourself an “ism”.
And now a Word from the Guise:
This is one of the sweetest and charming farces ever, and it is one of my favourites. I know I’ve said that a lot during my Oscar Movie Marathon, but there are a vast number of films that I absolutely love, and this is definitely one of them. Lionel Barrymore reminds me of my Grandpa Joe, who was always a jovial man who remembered all of his grandchildren’s birthdays. He was such a loving and spirited man, and I miss him tremendously.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233