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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Classics and Comedy movie directed by Frank Capra

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Great Movie but He'dd be jailed or medicated today.

  • Aug 9, 2002
This movie is the story of a simple small town man who suddenly ends up with $20 mil from a dead uncle. It turns out however that reguardless of what everybody in NY thinks just because he isn't from the city doesn't mean he is stupid.

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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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 Cooper), a small-town greeting-card poet and tuba player transplanted to the big city to administer his newly inherited wealth, where fast-pattering, wised-up cynics, sneering society denizens, and corrupt lawyers lord it over the ingenuous and straightforward.

Deeds's idiosyncrasies are amply magnified in the tabloids by journalist "Babe" Bennett (Jean Arthur), dating Deeds as a cover, only to discover she's the sap when she falls irresistibly for him. But the damage has been done, when Babe's column is used by a pack of corrupt lawyers, Cedar, Cedar, Cedar & Budington, to prove Deeds mentally unfit.

The miracle of this unforgettable comedy is how it embraces dark material, calling into question some common assumptions about capitalism while maintaining an approachable atmosphere of light comedy, and deceptively so. You'll be so pixilated by its charm, you won't rest until you've doodled your way to a rhyme for "Budington."--Jim Gay

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 comedy film directed by Frank Capra, based on the story Opera Hat by Clarence Budington Kelland that appeared in serial form in the Saturday Evening Post.[1] It stars Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur in her first featured role. The ...
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