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The Magnificent Dope (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 October 1942 (Mexico)
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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Lynn Bari ...
Claire Harris
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Dwight Dawson
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Horace Hunter
George Barbier ...
James Roger Barker
Frank Orth ...
Messenger
Roseanne Murray ...
Dawson's Secretary
Marietta Canty ...
Jenny
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Albert Gowdy
Hal K. Dawson ...
Charlie
Josephine Whittell ...
Mrs. Hunter
Arthur Loft ...
Mr. Morton, Fire Engine Salesman
Paul Stanton ...
Peters
Claire Du Brey ...
Peter's Secretary
William B. Davidson ...
Mr. Reindel
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Meet the All-American Jerk...Ladies' Man De Luxe!

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21 October 1942 (Mexico)  »

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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 »

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Dwight Dawson: That kiss took five years off my life... ...hey, careful, I'll be too young to vote!
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On the Beautiful Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the birthday party
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Henry Fonda Smitten With Lynn Bari. Just A Little Implausible
7 August 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Yet he is, in this movie, a charming and sly country vs city tale. Fonda is the title character. He is chosen as a prime loser who can take Don Ameche's positive thinking course: If he can come through it, the cynical Ameche and his sidekicks reason, anyone can. And others will try.

Edward Everett Horton is one of these sidekicks, as is Bari, his mink-wearing secretary.

Fonda is from rural Vermont and teaches everyone in New York a thing or two himself. He wins over a famous financier, who promptly retires to enjoy life. He shows all and sundry how to relax. And he pines for Bari.

It's a cute idea, which twists and turns several times before its ending. The premise resembles a far less cynical and cruel "Curtain Call" -- which is an infinitely better, less conflicted, movie.


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