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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Samuel R. 'Sam' Clayton
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Lucille 'Lu' Clayton
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Rev. Daniels
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H.C. Borden
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Shirley Mae
Clinton Sundberg ...
Mr. Nelson
Minerva Urecal ...
Mrs. Nelson
Louise Beavers ...
Chloe, Lu's Maid
Dick Ross ...
Claude, Lu's Brother
Lora Lee Michel ...
Lulu Clayton
Bobby Dolan Jr. ...
Butch Clayton
Matt Moore ...
Mr. Butler
Netta Packer ...
Mrs. Butler
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Ruth 'Ruthie'
Carol Stevens ...
Mrs. Adams
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Storyline

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

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 7, 1949 with Gary Cooper reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: Why can't people stand on their OWN two feet and have a baby?
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Soundtracks

Eight to Five
(uncredited)
Written by Leo McCarey
Sung by Joan Lorring in the department store
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A sweet, underrated Christmas yarn from a legendary comedy director
10 December 1999 | by (Sourthern California) – See all my reviews

In this comedy-drama from Leo McCarey, Gary Cooper plays Sam, seemingly the one guy in the world who takes the Christian tenet of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you seriously. And for his efforts, he is constantly being taken advantage of to the point that his wife, the sassy Ann Sheridan, is ready to take the kids and leave him. Sly writing relieves some of the sappiness, and Cooper has such a solid male presence that he doesn't seem terminally wimpy despite the fact that others use him like a doormat. Finally, after Sam threatens to abandon his Good Samaritan philosophy, all his selfless deeds pay off, and his family comes together in a warm, homespun conclusion. To those who say this isn't worthy of Capra, well, I love Capra, but McCarey has a body of work that any director would be proud of.


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