Picks and Pans Review: Great Performances: You Can't Take It with You

updated 11/19/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/19/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Friday, Nov. 16, 9 p.m. ET)

And in this TV version of the classic 1936 Broadway play, there are more crazy characters: Jason Robards heads a household inhabited by a clumsy ballet dancer, an incompetent playwright (author of Sex Takes a Holiday), a Beethoven-playing xylophonist and a basement fireworks manufacturer. The only normal one, granddaughter Alice (Maureen Anderman), falls in love with a normal fella, and when his parents come to dinner, sanity meets insanity. The moral: Nuts have more fun. It looks a lot like a straight La Cage aux Folles. But this You Can't Take It With You also looks dated.

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