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 overview, first billed only:
Sam Clayton
Lu Clayton
Reverend Daniels
H.C. Borden
Shirley Mae
Clinton Sundberg ...
Minerva Urecal ...
Mrs. Nelson
Louise Beavers ...
Dick Ross ...
Lora Lee Michel ...
Bobby Dolan Jr. ...
Matt Moore ...
Mr. Butler
Netta Packer ...
Mrs. Butler
Carol Stevens ...
Mrs. Adams


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 !


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

1 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

'n Duivel van een man  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Director Leo McCarey shot two different endings and let remarks by preview audiences determine which one to use. See more »


Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: Why can't people stand on their OWN two feet and have a baby?
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Eight to Five
Written by Leo McCarey
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Character Should Count
23 August 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It took three years for Leo McCarey to get back to the screen after directing Bing Crosby in that double barreled triumph of Going My Way and The Bells of St.Mary's. Sad to say, Good Sam didn't quite live up to the standards of those two films. Leo took no Oscar nominations home for this one.

Gary Cooper is a fine upstanding citizen with wife Ann Sheridan and two small kids and a mooching live-in brother-in-law played by Dick Ross. He's an impulsive do gooder, an easy touch for a sob story and a handout. He drives poor Ann to distraction. A sermon by minister Ray Collins at the beginning of the film on the virtues of charity put Cooper's generosity into overdrive.

It's a nice film, maybe a bit too unbelievable. I can't believe that Ann Sheridan hadn't taken Coop in tow by this point of her marriage. Two noted baseball immortals, Babe Ruth and Dizzy Dean, had in common the fact that they both married strong willed women who took charge of the finances lest their hubbys give it all away.

Still I did like the message of the film which is delivered by Harry Hayden who has a small role as a banker. Coop's generosity not only with cash, but co-signing loans for various people has put him as a credit risk. When he needs the money he can't get a loan from the bank. But later on Hayden comes over to the house and tells Sheridan that he changed his mind and approved the loan for their new house. Character and decency should count for something. It was a very similar message to one that was delivered in a far better film, The Best Years of Our Lives when Fredric March as a veteran who returns to his job as a bank loan officer, approves a loan to a veteran on the strength of his character.

Character and decency should count, but Coop's pants pockets still needed a lock put on them.

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