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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

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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
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Nelson
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Mrs. Nelson
Louise Beavers ...
Chloe
Dick Ross ...
Claude
Lora Lee Michel ...
Lulu
Bobby Dolan Jr. ...
Butch
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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

Despite the talent involved both on and off-screen, the film was a critical and commercial flop when first released in 1948. Ann Sheridan perceived that the failure was the result of she and Gary Cooper having no chemistry together as romantic leads. See more »

Quotes

Tom: [Handing Sam a drink at the bar] People are all alike, Sam. I know what you mean. I wish I could help you but I had a bookmaker in here taking bets and it was only last month that he ran away with all the cash I had.
Samuel R. 'Sam' Clayton: Must have been quite a blow to your wife.
Tom: No, she ran with him.
Samuel R. 'Sam' Clayton: Maybe I should buy YOU a drink.
Tom: Well, I could stand one right now, thanks.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #10.34 (1960) See more »

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The First Noel
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Traditional 17th century hymn
Part of the score at Christmastide
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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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