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Release Date:
12 April 1936 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Rocking America with laughter!
Plot:
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This really is is what being human is all about ! See more (105 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Longfellow Deeds

Jean Arthur ... Babe Bennett
George Bancroft ... MacWade

Lionel Stander ... Cornelius Cobb

Douglass Dumbrille ... John Cedar
Raymond Walburn ... Walter

H.B. Warner ... Judge May
Ruth Donnelly ... Mabel Dawson
Walter Catlett ... Morrow

John Wray ... Farmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... James Cedar (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... George Rankin (uncredited)
John W. Austin ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Frank (uncredited)
Louise Bates ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobbie Beal ... Chorine (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Unemployed Farmer in Line and Courtroom (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Cabby (uncredited)
Georgie Billings ... Little Boy (uncredited)
John Binns ... Old Lawyer (uncredited)
Wyrley Birch ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Beatrice Blinn ... Assistant Secretary (uncredited)
Katherine Block ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sammy Blum ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barbara Boudwin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Anderson (uncredited)
Charles Brinley ... Farmer (uncredited)
Hal Budlong ... Elevator Man (uncredited)
Vera Burnett ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fred Cady ... Farmer (uncredited)
Mary Jane Carey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Mal (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Policeman (uncredited)
Steve Clark ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Clifford ... Court Policeman (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Auditor (uncredited)
Charles Conrad ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Cooper ... Bob (uncredited)
Georgie Cooper ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Strolling Violinist (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Thomas A. Curran ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ... Secretary (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Young Lawyer (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mary Lou Dix ... Shop Girl (uncredited)
Rita Donlin ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Girl on Bus (uncredited)
Walter Downing ... Farmer (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Farmer (uncredited)
Adabelle Driver ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bobby Dunn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Meredith (uncredited)
Peter Duray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Janet Eastman ... Shop Girl (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Writer (uncredited)
Oliver Eckhardt ... Dr. Emerson (uncredited)
Robert Ellsworth ... Policeman (uncredited)
Muriel Evans ... Theresa (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... Farmer (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Juanita Fletcher ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles K. French ... Unemployed Farmer (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Octavio Giraud ... Farmer (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Charlie (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Hammond ... Information Booth Man (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Beth Hartman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Hatfield ... Reporter (uncredited)

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Farmer's Spokesman (uncredited)
Althea Henley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Herzinger ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lew Hicks ... Chuck Collins (uncredited)
Harry Holden ... Courtroom Guard (uncredited)
Fay Holderness ... Nurse (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Mr. Dodsworth (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Budington (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Hurst ... 1st Deputy (uncredited)
Warren Hymer ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
William Irving ... Writer (uncredited)
Gladden James ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Brookfield (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Board Member (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Reporter (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Hallor (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frederick Lee ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Chinese Chauffeur (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Dr. Fosdick (uncredited)
Stella LeSaint ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Margarete Matzenauer ... Madame Pomponi (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Douglas (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lafe McKee ... Unemployed Farmer in Line and Courtroom (uncredited)
Margaret McWade ... Amy Faulkner (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Henneberry (uncredited)

Mayo Methot ... Mrs. Semple (uncredited)
Robert Milasch ... Farmer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
James Millican ... Interne (uncredited)
Jack Minton ... Young Lawyer (uncredited)
Patricia Monroe ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Farmer (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edwin Mordant ... Board Member (uncredited)
Gene Morgan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Reporter (uncredited)
John T. Murray ... Writer (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Waiter (uncredited)
Henry Norton ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Vessey O'Davoren ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Broderick O'Farrell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Unemployed Farmer in Courtroom (uncredited)
Peggy Page ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Ethel Palmer ... Governess (uncredited)
Franklin Pangborn ... The Tailor (uncredited)
Barnett Parker ... Butler (uncredited)
George Pauncefort ... Board Member (uncredited)
Esther Peck ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gertrude Pedlar ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Cameraman (uncredited)
John Picorri ... Board Member (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi ... Italian Opera Board Member (uncredited)
Richard Powell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hal Price ... Policeman (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ... Deputy (uncredited)
Frederick Roland ... Board Member (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ... Italian Interpreter (uncredited)
Lillian Ross ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Christian Jenson (uncredited)
Anne Schaefer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Margaret Seddon ... Jane Faulkner (uncredited)
Harvey Shepherd ... Interne (uncredited)
Antrim Short ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Bailiff (uncredited)
S.S. Simon ... Farmer (uncredited)
Kay Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Stafford ... Board Member (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Henry Stockbridge ... Unemployed Farmer (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Beatle Puss (uncredited)
Peggy Terry ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jameson Thomas ... Mr. Semple (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Dr. Emile Von Hallor (uncredited)
Bess Wade ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pauline Wagner ... Phone Operator (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Arthur Cedar (uncredited)
Don Wayson ... Interne (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Clerk (uncredited)
Lee Willard ... Businessman (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... County Hospital Guard (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin (screen play)

Clarence Budington Kelland (story)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
 
Costume Design by
Samuel Lange (costumes)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
John P. Livadary .... sound director (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special camera effects (as E. Roy Davidson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Howard Jackson .... musical director
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corp. of Calif. Ltd.
Hyatt Daab .... press agent (uncredited)
Stuart East .... stand-in: Lionel Stander (uncredited)
Frank Hill .... stand-in: George Bancroft (uncredited)
Frances Morris .... stand-in: Jean Arthur (uncredited)
Jim Priest .... stand-in: Douglass Dumbrille (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stand-in: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:6 (2005) (DVD) | South Korea:12 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1986) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #1966)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Screenwriter Robert Riskin considered this to be his favorite film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Deeds announces he is giving his money to the farmers, one of the headlines of the newspaper reads backwards.See more »
Quotes:
[to Walter, as he interrupts Mr. Deeds' tuba playing]
Longfellow Deeds:The evil finger's on you!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Humoresque, Op. 101/7See more »

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
This really is is what being human is all about !, 8 January 2006
Author: Nicholas Rhodes from Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France

Unvrivalled in the history of cinema and having just watched it again for the umpteenth time, I thought a short review on IMDb was necessary. I have watched the film regularly for the last twenty years and never tire of its humour, its tenderness, its wit, its romance, its general actors' performance and the originality of its subject matter. Never have tears and laughs been so much intermingled in the same film..I was gushing tears in the scene where Deeds hands a poem which Babe reads in the fog on her doorstep ... a few minutes later Deeds goes running off home, tripping up over a dustbin in the process and I was howling with laughter ... likewise the long passage in the courtroom when Deeds finally decides to "speak up" has me in fits of laughter over its finesse and wit. The final scene, where Deeds comes back to the almost empty courtroom to "collect" Babe who had been sitting by herself there once again started off my waterworks as he picks her up and tenderly embraces her all over the place. Indeed that final "kiss" is one of the photos featured on France's 3rd TV channel's "Cinéma-Club" on most Sunday nights.

They are truly indeed a BEAUTIFUL couple in all senses of the world. I will not go through the story of the film again as this has been more than amply related by others but suffice it to say I have never seen any other film made with quite this calibre and actors' performance. Ineed this is the type of film that could only be made once ! Each character is extremely well developed and each actor/actress has exactly the physique of the character they play - an absolutely perfect match, one of those "one-off" films where everything combines to make for the spectator's perfect pleasure.

What a shame that in the twenty first century we cannot produce films of this calibre using story line, actors' performance and plot alone - to obtain thrills from present-day audiences, large quantities of excessive noise, flashing lights and especially computer-generated imagery are necessary .... all this at the expense of plot and of the humour and witty lines. But, with modern technology being a double-edged knife, we should nevertheless thank God for it's enabling us to henceforth be able to appreciate these "golden oldies" for years to come !

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