The Magnificent Dope (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  21 October 1942 (Mexico)
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Dwight Dawson, who runs an unsuccessful success school, stages a contest to find the biggest failure in the USA, for publicity value when the "dope" takes his course. But winner Tad Page is... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Bari ...
Claire Harris
Dwight Dawson
Horace Hunter
George Barbier ...
James Roger Barker
Frank Orth ...
Roseanne Murray ...
Dawson's Secretary
Marietta Canty ...
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Albert Gowdy
Hal K. Dawson ...
Josephine Whittell ...
Mrs. Hunter
Arthur Loft ...
Mr. Morton, Fire Engine Salesman
Paul Stanton ...
Claire Du Brey ...
Peter's Secretary
William B. Davidson ...
Mr. Reindel


Dwight Dawson, who runs an unsuccessful success school, stages a contest to find the biggest failure in the USA, for publicity value when the "dope" takes his course. But winner Tad Page is contented with his idle, lazy life and threatens to convert Dawson's other students to his philosophy. Dawson captalizes on Tad's attraction to Claire Harris to win him over; but will Tad find out Claire is really engaged to Dawson? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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21 October 1942 (Mexico)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Don Ameche's character says, "None but the brave," and attributes the quote to Benjamin Franklin. Actually it's from the first stanza of John Dryden's Alexander's Feast, "None but the brave, deserve the fair." See more »


Dwight Dawson: That kiss took five years off my life... ...hey, careful, I'll be too young to vote!
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I Know Why (and So Do You)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and occasionally throughout the picture
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Henry Fonda and Don Ameche
30 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Here we have Henry Fonda playing a lazy guy who is happy to just drift through life. When he answers an advert that earns him $500 and puts him in touch with Don Ameche, we learn that Fonda's character is not someone you can change by arguing with them, but rather by showing them how they should live. It follows the pattern: tell me and I'll forget; show me and I'll remember; demonstrate and I'll buy. If you want to motivate people you cannot do it by arguing with them you have to show and demonstrate to them the right way to do things. We don't have enough role models in daily experience, but we have loads of people who want to change us by criticising us.

It's a nice touch when Fonda sees a man eating dinner by himself and he goes over to offer friendship. Realistic you couldn't do that today, but it shows Fonda had his heart in the right place.

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