Context


When You Can’t Take It With You opened on Broadway on December 14, 1936 it was an instant hit. It eventually played 838 performances on Broadway and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The uplifting comedy, with its life-affirming credo and madcap humor, struck a chord with American audiences recovering from the Great Depression.

You Can’t Take It With You succeeded as a welcome addition to the crop of screwball comedies on Broadway that allowed audiences to escape from their troubles. Yet, the underlying critique of class and capitalism embedded in You Can’t Take it With You might also

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