Magic Town (1947)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kent Smith ...
Ned Sparks ...
Lou Dicketts
Ed Weaver
Mrs. Weaver
Mr. Twiddle
E.J. Ballantine ...
Ann Shoemaker ...
Ma Peterman
Mickey Kuhn ...
Hank Nickleby
Harry Holman ...
Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Frisby
Mickey Roth ...
Bob Peterman


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

7 October 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade Mágica  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Lawrence 'Rip' Smith: I've been searching for a town like this for years. You know, when I got off that train this morning, I said to myself "This is it." I've just walked through your town, folks, with its shade trees and its lovely parks. I stood before your impressive buildings mellowed with age, and I said to myself "Here is a sturdy challenge to the evils of the modern era." I watched your people on the street, and I felt their vitality and their sense of security. Your children are happy. They're happy. You ...
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(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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Charming, imitation romantic comedy that capitalized on a news story now forgotten about the ideal American town still holds up well.
9 January 2004 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

A year before this film came out there were major news stories about a `perfect American city,' but once the story broke… so did the illusion. People had to learn the perfect society has to be practiced individually, intentionally and daily for it to become a reality.

I just re-watched this film again today and was very entertained by James Stewart (winking and charming) and Jane Wyman (smart and sexy). Packed with the Robert Riskin type characters this story lacks the `real' message of his earlier films and there in lies it's only weakness. It's a fun trip but after we've gone in circles for a while we are reminded there is no place like home. Still this film has lots of treasures in the performances, dialogue, physical comedy and rich diversity home spun Americana characters. I recommend this to all fans of the Capra-Riskin genre.

P.S. It's also your last chance to enjoy the work of Ned Sparks & Donald Meek who both died after completing this minor masterpiece of Riskin-corn.

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