Life with Father
- 1 hr 58 min
The 1947 comedy Life with Father starred William Powell and Irene Dunne. The story is about stockbroker Clarence who longs to be the head of his household. He desperately tries to be a tyrant but he finds that both his wife and his children keep undermining his authority. Rather than him taking control, they begin to make demands on him to chance his callas ways. One of the ways that Clarence can change is by being baptized into the church. He adamantly refuses to have anything to do with religion, and his family insists that he is going to hell if he doesn’t complete this deed. The ill-temperature man argues with his family of boys, all redheads one might add, and refuses to accept the church and its teachings. The movie started Elizabeth Taylor’s career as a girl in whom one of Clarence’s sons was infatuated with. Clarence seeing the error of his ways decides that he should be baptized to avoid hell’s flames. Although he grumbles the whole way, he does make it to the church. The movie was seen as edgy for its time. An altercation with a police officer on the way to the church uses the word “damn.” Said to be too racy for the time period, this was removed to be less offensive to the audience.