Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is Frank Capra's classic screwball comedy about a village innocent who inherits $20 million, only to discover it's more trouble than it's worth. The screwball in question is Longfellow Deeds (Gary … see full wiki
Gary Cooper pulls off this movie with his stoic charm. His supporting cast is admirable with the best being Lionel Stander as the street savvy Cornelius Cobb who watchs over him. Jean Arthur plays basically the same role as Mr. Smith goes to washington and is just as good. The whole supporting cast is good and the old ladies at the end are a riot.
The plot line revolves about many different people trying to use him for a sap, and Deeds refusing to fall for it using simple common sense. Time and again he says what most people know but are unwilling to admit in order to seem "open minded". (I'm reminded of a quote who's author I can't recall saying some people are so open minded that they won't take their own side in an arguement"
This movie is very topical for today although I think he would be arrested or comitted or considered judgemental, but rather than getting into the cultural aspects, let me just say that Capra as he always did made movies about the human condition that will never be irrelevent.
A classic buy it.
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