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* AdaptationalVillainy: Mr. Kirby is stiff, prudish man in the original play, but the movie turns him into a ruthless, scheming business man.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: AdaptationalVillainy:
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Mr. Kirby is stiff, prudish man in the original play, but the movie turns him into a ruthless, scheming business man.man.
** While she's still a RichBitch in the play, Mrs. Kirby isn't seeking out any conflict, unlike the movie where she divulges into straight up insults.



* ButtMonkey: Mr. Kirby in Act 2.

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* ButtMonkey: Mr. Kirby in Act 2. And while she doesn't suffer the same direct misfortune, Alice's reactions throughout Act 2 make it clear she's in similar misery.


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* NoNameGiven: Mr. [=DePinna=]'s never called by his first name.


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mr. Kirby makes a HeelFaceTurn

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mr. Kirby makes a HeelFaceTurnHeelFaceTurn in the final act, but Mrs. Kirby isn't present for the concluding drama. It's most likely that she'll also accept the turnout though. The film has her appear at the end and Grandpa notes that they'll "thaw her out".


* AdaptationalVillainy: Mr. Kirby is stiff, prudish man in the original play, but the movie turns him into a ruthless, scheming business man.



* CloserToEarth: Grandpa is still a kook in his own right, but outside of Alice, he's clearly by far the most normal member of his family. Alice is a minor example as well, as there's some hints of her having the family craziness in her, but for the most part, she's TheOnlySaneMan.



* DropInCharacter: A few {{Subversions}}.
** Kolenkhov pops in and is welcomed with open arms in each act, but in the first two acts he's there because of Essie's dancing lesson, and only comes in unannounced during the final scene. Still, it's implied there that he can show up whenever and be let in, so this trope ''may'' be in play.
** Donald walks in during the first scene, and his first two descriptions imply he hasn't known the Sycamores ''too'' long. But then he's still staying over late that same night which isn't questioned at all. Then both of the following acts start with him already in the house, only leaving one time to run an errand. Given there's no references to his home life, it looks like Donald was already starting to live there before the show began, and may have cemented doing so between acts.
** Mr. [=DePinna=] came to deliver ice eight years ago, and struck a chord with the Sycamores. Rather than regularly coming back though, he just decided to never leave. Before him there was a milkman who stayed for five years. Lending to this pattern, Ed apparently came home one night with Essie and continued to stay afterwards. With all this in mind, it certainly lends credence to the idea that Donald has moved in with the Sycamores.



* EnsembleCast: The show doesn't have any true main character. The plot centers around the romance of Alice and Tony, but they're both supporting parts, with Grandpa and Penny being the leads, having the most stage time and lines. Still, outside of Grandpa saving the day at the end, it's really not their story.



* OneNormalNight: Alice just wants her family to not be weird over the course of one dinner party. It doesn't work.

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* OneNormalNight: Alice just wants her family to not be weird over the course of one dinner party. It doesn't work. Tony actually {{Inverts}} this, as he realizes Alice will try to enforce this trope, and decides to bring his family on the wrong day so the Sycamores won't be prepared to play normal and his parents will know what kind of family he's marrying into. This backfired though when things go so terribly that Alice calls off the engagement.



* WhileRomeBurns: The first act of the play ends with a lot of fireworks exploding offstage and a lot of people wildly shouting and rushing about onstage. The imperturbable Grandpa, however, just says "Well, well, well!" and sits down. "If a lot of people weren't in the way," the script suggests, "you feel he'd like to throw some darts."

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mr. Kirby makes a HeelFaceTurn
* WhileRomeBurns: The first second act of the play ends with a lot of fireworks exploding offstage and a lot of people wildly shouting and rushing about onstage. The imperturbable Grandpa, however, just says "Well, well, well!" and sits down. "If a lot of people weren't in the way," the script suggests, "you feel he'd like to throw some darts."


* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Anthony P. Kirby would probably sell his own grandmother to get hold of the Vanderhoff property.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: In the film, Anthony P. Kirby would probably sell his own grandmother to get hold of the Vanderhoff property. In the play, there's no implication of Mr. Kirby indulging in shady activities.



* FamilyOfChoice: While it's never commented on, Mr. [=DePinna=], Rheba, and Donald are pretty much members of the Sycamore family. This dynamic is a bit on display with Kolekhov, although it's less pronounced since he's not a member of the household.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Kirby is a ruthless and cold-hearted businessman, but he has a sense of humor and loves his son very dearly.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Kirby is a ruthless and cold-hearted businessman, but he has a sense of humor and loves his son very dearly. This is more pronounced in the play than the movie, as Kirby is still a stiff, but a seemingly ethical business man.



* LargeHam: Given the number of characters who are nuts, this is bound to happen.
** Kolenkhov is a loud, Russian dance instructor who enjoys wrestling, complaining about his country, and chewing scenery.
** Being a writer, Penny has a flair for the dramatic, and cheerfully shoves her nose into other people's business happily.
** Actors can be hammy. Drunks can be hammy. Gay Wellington is a drunk actress and she's most certainly hammy.
** Essie spends a good majority of her time onstage dancing horribly.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: A whole family of this kind.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: A whole family of this kind. Though noticeably, the love story has the party from the more rigid family act more cheerful and carefree than the one from a family made up of [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Cloudcuckoolanders]].



* NiceGuy: Tony.
** The Sycamore family as a whole (including Mr. DePinna, Rheba, and Donald) also counts.

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* NiceGuy: Tony.
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The Sycamore family as a whole (including whole. And that includes Mr. DePinna, Rheba, and Donald) Donald. Tony also counts.counts, and he's on his way to become an official member soon. The Grand Duchess is also quite good natured. While he does indulge in his fair share of complaining, Kolenkhov counts too. Though depending on how the actor plays it, questioning his blame over wrestling Mr. Kirby can push him into JerkWithAHeartOfGold territory.



* OnlySaneMan: Alice, among her family.

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* OnlySaneMan: Alice, among her family. Grandpa also counts. Sure, he's also a bit of a nut, but he's by far the smartest character in the story, and clearly has a lot more common sense than the members of his nutty family.



* RichBitch: Mrs. Kirby is flat-out mean.

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* RichBitch: Mrs. Kirby is flat-out mean. And unlike her husband, we don't see any HeelFaceTurn, occurring.


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* YouNoTakeCandle: Alright, it's not ''too'' bad, but Rheba and Donald's grammar is written as worse than all the other characters, including the ones who learned English as a second language and a woman whose completely drunk. Modern productions will have then deliver their lines in perfect English to avert this.


* {{Adorkable}}: Paul, Ed, and Mr. [=DePinna=].


* Adorkable: Paul, Ed, and Mr. [=DePinna=].

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* Adorkable: {{Adorkable}}: Paul, Ed, and Mr. [=DePinna=].

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* Adorkable: Paul, Ed, and Mr. [=DePinna=].

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** The Sycamore family as a whole (including Mr. DePinna, Rheba, and Donald) also counts.

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** That said, the reach of the federal government was still fairly limited in 1936, so Grandpa's question of "What do I get for my money?" had some weight. Most of the items listed above (schools, police, the fire department, bridges, most roads) were paid for with local and state taxes, not federal ones. Grandpa himself mentions the taxes funding Donald's "relief" in act 2 - but it comes in for comedy, since the relief is seen as encouraging Donald not to work rather than truly helping him during a time of unemployment.

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* RuleOfThree: In the play, the tank of (harmless) snakes evokes terror three times before it's finally removed from the living room. In Act 1, it scares off the taxman entirely. Early in Act 2, it convinces the drunk actress Gay Wellington that she's hallucinating. So when a visiting Mrs. Kirby is terrified at the sight shortly after entering, it's an early warning that this get-together is not going to go well.


''You Can't Take It with You'' is a UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning 1936 ScrewballComedy play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, later adapted into a 1938 film directed by Creator/FrankCapra and starring Creator/LionelBarrymore and [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], and still later as a forgotten 1987 syndicated television series.

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''You Can't Take It with You'' is a UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning 1936 ScrewballComedy play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, later adapted into a 1938 film directed (directed by Creator/FrankCapra and Creator/FrankCapra, starring Creator/LionelBarrymore and [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], Creator/JeanArthur, and Creator/LionelBarrymore), and still later as a forgotten 1987 syndicated television series.


''You Can't Take It with You'' is a 1936 UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning ScrewballComedy play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, later adapted into a 1938 film directed by Creator/FrankCapra and starring Creator/LionelBarrymore and [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], and still later as a forgotten 1987 syndicated television series.

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''You Can't Take It with You'' is a 1936 UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning 1936 ScrewballComedy play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, later adapted into a 1938 film directed by Creator/FrankCapra and starring Creator/LionelBarrymore and [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], and still later as a forgotten 1987 syndicated television series.


''You Can't Take It with You'' is a 1936 UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning ScrewballComedy play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, later adapted into a 1938 film starring Creator/LionelBarrymore and [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], and a forgotten 1987 syndicated television series.

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''You Can't Take It with You'' is a 1936 UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning ScrewballComedy play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, later adapted into a 1938 film directed by Creator/FrankCapra and starring Creator/LionelBarrymore and [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], and still later as a forgotten 1987 syndicated television series.



The film won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Picture of 1938, as well as Best Director for Creator/FrankCapra; it was Capra's third award in five years after previously winning for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Film/MrDeedsGoesToTown''. It was also something of a StarMakingRole for Stewart, who had been working in Hollywood since 1935 but saw his career really start to take off following this film.

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The film won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Picture of 1938, as well as Best Director for Creator/FrankCapra; it was Capra's Capra (his third such award in five years after previously winning for ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Film/MrDeedsGoesToTown''.''Film/MrDeedsGoesToTown''). It was also something of a StarMakingRole for Stewart, who had been working in Hollywood since 1935 but saw his career really start to take off following this film.


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Set during The Depression, the plot is centered around the lives of the QuirkyHousehold of the Sycamore family. The household includes eccentric but kind patriarch Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff; his daughter Penny, an amateur playwright; her husband Paul, who is a fireworks engineer with his friend Mr [=DePinna=]; and their two daughters Alice, the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]; and Essie, an amateur ballerina trained by a crazed Russian; Boris Kolenkhov and wife of Ed, a printer and xylophone player. Also in the house is the SassyBlackWoman maid Rheba and her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} boyfriend, Donald. The main conflict of the work involves Alice falling in love with Tony Kirby and how Tony's wealthy banker father, Anthony P. Kirby and his snobbish mother strongly disapprove of the match, especially after a disastrous Dinner Party where the families were supposed to become acquainted. Throw into the mix a drunken actress, Gay Wellington; an exiled Russian Countess, Olga Katrina; and various FBI and IRS agents, and you have a play beloved by High School drama clubs nationwide.

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Set during The Depression, TheGreatDepression, the plot is centered around the lives of the QuirkyHousehold of the Sycamore family. The household includes eccentric but kind patriarch Grandpa Martin Vanderhoff; his daughter Penny, an amateur playwright; her husband Paul, who is a fireworks engineer with his friend Mr [=DePinna=]; and their two daughters Alice, the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]; and Essie, an amateur ballerina trained by a crazed Russian; Boris Kolenkhov and wife of Ed, a printer and xylophone player. Also in the house is the SassyBlackWoman maid Rheba and her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} boyfriend, Donald. The main conflict of the work involves Alice falling in love with Tony Kirby and how Tony's wealthy banker father, Anthony P. Kirby and his snobbish mother strongly disapprove of the match, especially after a disastrous Dinner Party where the families were supposed to become acquainted. Throw into the mix a drunken actress, Gay Wellington; an exiled Russian Countess, Olga Katrina; and various FBI and IRS agents, and you have a play beloved by High School drama clubs nationwide.


* EekAMouse: Tony's explanation to the waiter for why Alice screamed at the fancy restaurant. Mayhem ensues as the couple calmly exits.

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* EekAMouse: Tony's explanation In the film, Tony takes Alice to a fancy restaurant, where he teases her to the point of screaming. He then explains to the waiter for why Alice screamed at the fancy restaurant. that she saw a mouse--no, actually, "a rat with hair on it." Mayhem ensues as the couple calmly exits.

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