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Magic Town (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 7 October 1947 (USA)
An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions.

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Hoopendecker
Ned Sparks ...
Ike
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Lou Dicketts
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Ed Weaver
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Mrs. Weaver
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Mr. Twiddle
E.J. Ballantine ...
Moody
Ann Shoemaker ...
Ma Peterman
Mickey Kuhn ...
Hank Nickleby
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Nickleby
Harry Holman ...
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Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Frisby
Mickey Roth ...
Bob Peterman
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Rip Smith's opinion-poll business is a failure...until he discovers that the small town of Grandview is statistically identical to the entire country. He and his assistants go there to run polls cheaply and easily, in total secrecy (it would be fatal to let the townsfolk get self-conscious). And of course, civic crusader Mary Peterman must be kept from changing things too much. But romantic involvement with Mary complicates life for Rip; then suddenly everything changes... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The guy with the dynamite heart meets the girl with the firecracker eyes!

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Comedy | Romance

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7 October 1947 (USA)  »

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A Cidade Mágica  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Loretta Young was originally cast as Mary but was forced to leave the production before shooting began because of ill health. See more »

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Mary Peterman: The air becomes charged with electricity around desperate men.
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MY BOOK OF MEMORY
(originally "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen")
Music by Thomas Payne Westendorf (uncredited)
Lyric: Edward Heyman
Sung by chorus with brief solos by Jane Wyman (uncredited)
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Loses Its 'Magic' Halfway Through
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was very good in the first half, a disappointment in the second. When things were going good, it was light-hearted and fun to watch, even inspiring to see "Lawrence 'Rip' Smith (James Stewart) and his idolizing kids. But, but when "Smith" was exposed as someone else, the story went in the opposite direction, almost depressing. The townspeople were still interesting to watch, even making fools of themselves with their suddenly-inflated egos but, they, too, lost their charm.

After these ups and downs, we get a Frank Capra-like ending where all things work out, even with a few credibility holes in the story. In all, a so-so human interest story perhpas worth a rental if you're a James Stewart fan, but not buying.


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