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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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Claire Harris
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Dwight Dawson
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Horace Hunter
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James Roger Barker
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Messenger
Roseanne Murray ...
Dawson's Secretary
Marietta Canty ...
Jenny
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Albert Gowdy
Hal K. Dawson ...
Charlie
Josephine Whittell ...
Mrs. Hunter
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Mr. Morton, Fire Engine Salesman
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Peters
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Peter's Secretary
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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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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 »

Quotes

Tad Page: 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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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Tad and Claire are drinking champagne at the Havana Club
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funny but?
12 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie contains some incredibly racist lines. It was obviously aimed at southern belief system. I wouldn't let my kids watch it. Lynn Bari makes remarks about Louise Beavers making a cake with her "lilly white hands". Louise Beavers basically says she can't read. Then during the actual party scene Don Ameche sings in a pseudo black voice.

On the other side the movie does have some very fun scenes but some of the lines are not funny and unnecessary to the plot of the movie.

The clothing in this movie is fabulous. Lyn Bari's outfits are quite fashionable. I don't think she ever looked better in a movie.

Henry Fonda, Don Ameche and Everett Horton play their usual excellent comedic roles. Good for a quick laugh.


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