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Good Sam (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 September 1948 (USA)
Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sam Clayton
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Lu Clayton
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Reverend Daniels
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H.C. Borden
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Shirley Mae
Clinton Sundberg ...
Nelson
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Mrs. Nelson
Louise Beavers ...
Chloe
Dick Ross ...
Claude
Lora Lee Michel ...
Lulu
Bobby Dolan Jr. ...
Butch
Matt Moore ...
Mr. Butler
Netta Packer ...
Mrs. Butler
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Ruthie
Carol Stevens ...
Mrs. Adams
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Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

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He'll take the whole world . . . and you to his heart !

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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1 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

'n Duivel van een man  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Leo McCarey shot two different endings and let remarks by preview audiences determine which one to use. See more »

Quotes

Banker: [to Lu] I feel that I'm directly responsible for what happened. I turned him down for a loan because he had no security. And then I got to thinking, what kind of a world is this? There must be something rotten somewhere when a man like your husband can't get a loan. I'm not for advising the banking laws, but sometimes we should take an exception and take a good heart for security. So, rest assured... the house is yours.
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Connections

References The Fugitive (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Redeemed
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played by the Salvation Army band and sung by Gary Cooper and the band members
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Good Grief
24 October 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Leslie Halliwell didn't like this film either. He called it Capraesque, and it seems quite obvious that that is the effect the filmmakers were going for.

Frank Capra certainly had a special touch. It wasn't always infallible, mind you, but he could do wonders with some pretty soppy material. Maybe it's good to have an example of what happens when you go Capraesque without Capra.

Gary Cooper is a Good Samaritan so generous that he consistently gets himself into dire straits. The idea isn't bad, but the execution... Cooper's character goes way past selflessness and on into suckerdom. (Suckerhood?) He's so virtuous, he's neither believable nor sympathetic. I've seen this film twice in the past couple of decades, and both times the impulse to reach out and throttle him was difficult to suppress. He's infuriating to watch. An actual person like this would be a menace to his family and friends. He simply begs to be walked all over.

Ann Sheridan is Coop's wife. What a waste. The following year, 1949, she was paid back in spades for her generosity in suffering through this one by co-starring in the uproarious "I Was a Male War Bride" with Cary Grant.

Capra fans will recognize Todd Karns immediately. He played Harry Bailey, Jimmy Stewart's younger brother, in "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). It's because of films like that one that you can find a word like "Capraesque" in the dictionary.


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