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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 April 1936 (USA)
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Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.

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Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett comes along. Babe is a hot-shot reporter who figures the best way to get close to Deeds is to pose as a damsel in distress. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Columbia Pictures had so much faith in it that they sold the film to exhibitors as a one-shot deal, rather than including it in a package of films designed to sell each other. See more »

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When Longfellow Deeds is preparing for his "engagement" lunch, he has a pipe in his hands or mouth throughout (sliding down the banister, discussing the utensils, flowers, etc.). But after he "practices" the seating with the butler, he gets up and leaves and the pipe has disappeared. See more »

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Morrow: You hop aboard my magic carpet and I'll show you sights that you've never seen before.
Longfellow Deeds: Well, I'd kinda like to see Grant's tomb and the Statue of Liberty.
Morrow: Well, you'll not only see those, but before the evening's half through, you'll be leaning against the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you'll mount Mount Everest, I'll show you the Pyramids and all the little pyramidees, leaping from sphinx to sphinx!
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Winthrop Oliver Warner (a studio musician) actually played the tuba for the film. See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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67 years on and the film is still pertinent.....
15 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Of all Capra's films this is the one I like the best, partly, I think, because there has never been anybody in the history of cinema to match Gary Cooper at putting on the boyish charm. As Longfellow Deeds, a man who inherits a lot of money he does not need and therefore does not want, Cooper is just right, a hick, but not a fool, a gentle man but not one who will let the wool be pulled over his eyes. The films' pertinence arises from its' depiction of a rich man prepared to give his wealth away to benefit his fellow man. It was a fantasy then, and is as much a fantasy now, because we do not learn, least of all from pictures even as good as this one.


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