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Good Sam (1948)

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

Quotes

Samuel R. 'Sam' Clayton: You'll feel better after she's had the baby.
Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: So will SHE!
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Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Music by Leo Friedman
Played by the Salvation Army band and sung by Gary Cooper
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This Should Have Been a Masterpiece
22 December 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Leo McCarey's Good Sam, the story of a suburban good guy who can't say no to his friends and neighbors, should have been a masterpiece. It has many of the same ingredients as It's a Wonderful Life, and was directed and co-written by a man who was at his best Frank Capra's equal. McCarey directed the best Marx Brothers picture, Duck Soup, plus the splendid Ruggles Of Red Gap, the heartbreaking Make Way For Tomorrow, the enormously popular (if overlong) Going My Way, and its sequel, The Bells Of St. Mary's. He was even in a partnership with Capra, to produce films independently, but lost his touch after the war. Good Sam shows McCarey's brilliance with actors, all of whom (Gary Cooper, Ann Sheridan, Ray Collins, William Frawley) are excellent, but the script is convoluted and the story, an inspired idea, is, as told, hard to follow. It's worth watching, for McCarey's directorial "touches", which are wonderful, but the film is plodding and episodic, and seems to go on forever.


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