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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 April 1936 (USA)
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.

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Complete credited cast:
... Longfellow Deeds
... Babe Bennett
... MacWade
... Cornelius Cobb
... John Cedar
... Walter
... Judge May
... Mabel Dawson
... Morrow
... Farmer
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Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett comes along. Babe is a hot-shot reporter who figures the best way to get close to Deeds is to pose as a damsel in distress. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Rocking America with laughter!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Also Known As:

El secreto de vivir  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally Frank Capra was going to make Lost Horizon (1937) after Broadway Bill (1934) but Ronald Colman couldn't get out of his other filming commitments. So Capra decided to make this film instead. See more »

Goofs

When Longfellow Deeds is preparing for his "engagement" lunch, he has a pipe in his hands or mouth throughout (sliding down the banister, discussing the utensils, flowers, etc.). But after he "practices" the seating with the butler, he gets up and leaves and the pipe has disappeared. See more »

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Louise "Babe" Bennett: Mabel, that guy's either the dumbest, stupidest or the most imbecilic idiot in the world or else he's the grandest thing alive. I can't make him out... I'm crucifying him.
Mabel Dawson: People have been crucified before.
Louise "Babe" Bennett: Why? Why do we have to do it?
Mabel Dawson: You started out to be a successful newspaper woman, didn't ya?
Louise "Babe" Bennett: Yeah, then what?
Mabel Dawson: Search me? Ask a gypsy.
Louise "Babe" Bennett: Here's a guy that's wholesome and fresh. To us, he looks like a freak. Do you know what he told me tonight? He said when he gets married, he wants to carry ...
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Crazy Credits

Winthrop Oliver Warner (a studio musician) actually played the tuba for the film. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in És akkor a pasas... (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played with drumsticks and sung by Jean Arthur
Also sung a cappella by Gary Cooper
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One of my favorite movies!
25 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Or is it my favorite?!

Just a wholesome, thought-provoking expose on the weirdness of typical American city thinking and behavior, being brought to light by a naïve young man who has down-to-earth small-town common sense!

From the IMDB age-bracket reviews, it seems this movie might not appeal to the younger, especially girls under 18 (go figure).

A great Frank Capra-directed film. I also really like "You can't take it with you", but that film is more off-beat and goofy.

Enjoy this film when you're in the mood for something to remind you of "goodness". Whatever that is!


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