October 17, 2011
Meet lovable old Mr. Vanderhof (a.k.a. – dad, grandpa) and his colorful array of characters. Mr. Vanderhof lives in a little old house with… his daughter Mrs. Sycamore, who types plays on a typewriter (“just because it got delivered accidentally; if it had been a plow, she would have taken up farming”); son-in-law; 2 granddaughters, Essie Carmichael and Alice Sycamore, one who wants to be a ballerina and dances around the house making candies which she calls something like ”love-dreams”, and the other who is a stenographer, and the only “sensible” one in the family. Also included are: grandson-in-law Ed Carmichael, who was a football player and now plays the xylophone and runs a printing press from home; an enthusiastic inventor who spends all day in the basement, making fireworks with the afore-mentioned son-in-law; Reba the maid, and her fiancé who lives on relief (“Reba put the forks on the left, forks on the left, forks on the left…”); Mr. Kolenkhov, the Russian ballet teacher (“Confidentially, she stinks”); and soon to come, an eccentric toy-maker, to join the others in the basement.
Enter Tony Kirby, the famed rich banker Anthony P. Kirby’s son, soon to inherit his father’s business, and move up in the ranks of the family bank… “The Kirby’s have been bankers for nine-thousand years…” When Tony falls in love with Alice, the two families are bound to clash. And clash they do. The climax comes when Tony brings his parents to visit the Sycamores and various extended relations on the wrong night… and what happens is history. Well, not really. But Kolenkhov was sure that it was the beginning of the second Russian Revolution, or something like that.
A good ol’ black-and-white film for all to enjoy.
Kelsey’s favorite quote:
Kolenkhov: “Ah, life is running around inside of me like a squirrel!”
Cory’s favorite quote:
Penny: “I don’t feel guilty. Do you feel guilty?”
The educational qualities include lessons on government, taxes, and Socialism. The Christian qualities include 2 really heartwarming dinner prayers.