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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:
"The Sanest Man Whoever Walked Into This Courtroom" See more (104 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)
Barbara Knox ... Minor Role (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)
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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)
 
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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:
The film cost over $800,000 which was a very high figure for 1936.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the attorney is trying to get Deeds to sign the power of attorney, while Deeds is being fitted for a new suit, a vest disappears and reappears.See more »
Quotes:
Longfellow Deeds:Hand me my pants. I wrote her phone number on a piece of paper.
Walter:You have no pants, sir. You came home last night without them.
Longfellow Deeds:I did what?
Walter:As a matter of fact, you came home without any clothes at all. You were in your shorts. Yes, sir.
Longfellow Deeds:Don't be silly, Walter. I couldn't walk around on the streets without any clothes. I'd be arrested.
Walter:That's what the two policemen said, sir.
Longfellow Deeds:What two policemen?
Walter:The ones who brought you home, sir. They said you and another gentleman kept walking up and down the street shouting "back to nature! Clothes are a blight on civilization! Back to nature!"
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Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
"The Sanest Man Whoever Walked Into This Courtroom", 6 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Frank Capra knew that Gary Cooper was made for the part of Longfellow Deeds, he waited until Harry Cohn could get him from Paramount before making this film. It certainly is a once in a lifetime role and it got Gary Cooper his first nomination for Best Actor. He lost that year to Paul Muni for The Story of Louis Pasteur. But Capra won for Best Director that year.

Cooper, poet laureate of Mandrake Falls, inherits 20 million dollars from a rich uncle. He's not terribly impressed with that as he feels he's living just fine in Mandrake Falls. But he goes down to New York City to settle the estate and gets put up in grand style at his late uncle's mansion.

The executor of the estate, Douglass Dumbrille, is one smooth talking, white shoe bottom feeder. This is probably Dumbrille's best known classic villain, John Cedar. He wants Cooper's power of attorney real bad to cover up some dipping he's done. Cooper isn't giving it to him right away though.

In the meantime his inheritance has become news and local editor George Bancroft has dispatched sob sister reporter Jean Arthur to invade his inner sanctum. That's a common thread in the Capra populist trilogy, a woman sent to invade the inner sanctum of the hero and ends up falling for him. Jean Arthur did it again to James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Cooper had it done to him again by Barbara Stanwyck in Meet John Doe.

After a whole lot of silly incidents which Arthur duly reports on, Cooper gets a real wake up call from one of what the current president then called a forgotten man. John Wray, a desperate farmer, tossed off his land and there were plenty of those in the twenties and thirties tells him off good and proper in a very powerful scene. Cooper, his own values questioned, decides to set up a fund to save the family farm as an institution.

Then he's called insane and Dumbrille takes as clients other heirs who want to contest the will. Which leads to Cooper's hearing in court to determine his sanity.

The values of Mr. Deeds are certainly eternal, honesty and decency don't and should never go out of style. Unfortunately the family farm is a thing of the past, there are less and less of them every year. It's agribusiness now so a faithful remake could never work today.

Yet the original still has a charm that cannot be denied, due to Frank Capra's vision and the way he got great performances out of the whole cast. One performance that shocked me was Raymond Walburn who usually plays avuncular, loquacious types. He plays the butler to Cooper's uncle and now to Cooper himself. To those who expect the usual Walburn we know and love, this is one different Walburn.

Even though Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is rooted firmly in the Thirties it should still be seen and studied today.

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