Cinema: The New Pictures: Sep. 12, 1938

You Can't Take It With You (Columbia). When the play from which this picture was derived opened in Manhattan in December 1936, critics complained that Playwrights George Kaufman and Moss Hart had failed to equip it with plot, that their eccentric characters were freaks rather than human beings. Translation from the stage to cinema sometimes has extraordinary results. In this case, the result is spectacular proof that the comic exterior of You Can't Take It With You concealed not merely plot but superb dramatic conflict, and that its characters, far from being...

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