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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 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
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Oh no, I've got no respect for anybody who was born lazy. That's like being born a king. They didn't do anything to get there. Oh, I had to develop it. Took me a long time to get where I am.
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" Success is a job in itself, and Shrouds don't have pockets "
The city of New York is home to millions of people who desire to become successful in business. Thus a man like Dwight Dawson (Don Ameche) believes he can teach any candidate how to succeed in business without really trying. Dawson is worried however that his school is lacking students and therefore needs to increase his student body count by offering a $500.00 prize and a free 8 week course to the Laziest man in the country. He hopes by transforming a failure into a go-getting success, his school will flourish. His contest selects Thadeus Winship Page (Henry Fonda) who is selected, but has no ambition to change who or what he is, that is until he meets and falls in love with Dawsons' assistant, Lynn Bari (Claire Harris) who along with Horace Hunter (Edward Everett Horton) strive to make him unhappy with himself. The original story originated with Joseph Schrank and is further directed by Walter Lange who combine to creates a wonderful film that is fun for the entire family. Indeed, audiences reacted well to the movie, so much so, both Fonda and Ameche launched their careers with it. In the end, the entire cast should be credited with this milestone. Excellent viewing. ****
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