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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town ()


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A unassuming greeting card poet from a small town in Vermont heads to New York City upon inheriting a massive fortune and is immediately hounded by those who wish to take advantage of him.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations.
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Longfellow Deeds
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Babe Bennett
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MacWade
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Cornelius Cobb
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John Cedar
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Walter
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Judge May
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Mabel Dawson
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Morrow
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Farmer
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James Cedar (uncredited)
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George Rankin (uncredited)
John W. Austin ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Frank (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobbie Beal ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Unemployed Farmer in Line and Courtroom (uncredited)
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Cabby (uncredited)
Georgie Billings ...
Little Boy (uncredited)
John Binns ...
Old Lawyer (uncredited)
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Psychiatrist (uncredited)
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Assistant Secretary (uncredited)
Katherine Block ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Barbara Boudwin ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Anderson (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Hal Budlong ...
Elevator Man (uncredited)
Vera Burnett ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Mary Jane Carey ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Mal (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Court Policeman (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Auditor (uncredited)
Charles Conrad ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Bob (uncredited)
Georgie Cooper ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Thomas A. Curran ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ...
Young Lawyer (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Mary Lou Dix ...
Shop Girl (uncredited)
Rita Donlin ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Girl on Bus (uncredited)
Walter Downing ...
Farmer (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Mrs. Meredith (uncredited)
Peter Duray ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Janet Eastman ...
Shop Girl (uncredited)
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Writer (uncredited)
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Dr. Emerson (uncredited)
Robert Ellsworth ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Theresa (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Juanita Fletcher ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Unemployed Farmer (uncredited)
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Bodyguard (uncredited)
Otto Gervice ...
Patient (uncredited)
Octavio Giraud ...
Farmer (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Charlie (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Hammond ...
Information Booth Man (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Beth Hartman ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Hatfield ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Farmer's Spokesman (uncredited)
Althea Henley ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Al Herman ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Lew Hicks ...
Chuck Collins (uncredited)
Harry Holden ...
Courtroom Guard (uncredited)
Fay Holderness ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Mr. Dodsworth (uncredited)
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Budington (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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1st Deputy (uncredited)
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Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Writer (uncredited)
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Court Clerk (uncredited)
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Brookfield (uncredited)
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Board Member (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Hallor (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Frederick Lee ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
James B. Leong ...
Chinese Chauffeur (uncredited)
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Dr. Fosdick (uncredited)
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Headwaiter (uncredited)
Margarete Matzenauer ...
Madame Pomponi (uncredited)
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Douglas (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Unemployed Farmer in Line and Courtroom (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Amy Faulkner (uncredited)
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Henneberry (uncredited)
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Mrs. Semple (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Interne (uncredited)
Jack Minton ...
Young Lawyer (uncredited)
Patricia Monroe ...
Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Edwin Mordant ...
Board Member (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Writer (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Field Norton ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Train Conductor (uncredited)
Vessey O'Davoren ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
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Unemployed Farmer in Courtroom (uncredited)
Peggy Page ...
Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Ethel Palmer ...
Governess (uncredited)
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The Tailor (uncredited)
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Butler (uncredited)
George Pauncefort ...
Board Member (uncredited)
Esther Peck ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Gertrude Pedlar ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Cameraman (uncredited)
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Board Member (uncredited)
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Italian Opera Board Member (uncredited)
Richard Powell ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ...
Deputy (uncredited)
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Board Member (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ...
Italian Interpreter (uncredited)
Lillian Ross ...
Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Christian Jenson (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Jane Faulkner (uncredited)
Harvey Shepherd ...
Interne (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Bailiff (uncredited)
S.S. Simon ...
Farmer (uncredited)
Kay Smith ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Stafford ...
Board Member (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Henry Stockbridge ...
Unemployed Farmer (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Beatle Puss - Cab Driver (uncredited)
Peggy Terry ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Mr. Semple (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Lawyer (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Dr. Emile Von Hallor (uncredited)
Bess Wade ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Pauline Wagner ...
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
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Arthur Cedar (uncredited)
Don Wayson ...
Intern (uncredited)
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Clerk (uncredited)
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Businessman (uncredited)
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County Hospital Guard (uncredited)
Jack Wise ...
Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Capra

Written by

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Robert Riskin ... (screen play)
 
Clarence Budington Kelland ... (story)

Produced by

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Frank Capra ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Howard Jackson ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Joseph Walker ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Gene Havlick ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Stephen Goosson

Costume Design by

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Samuel Lange ... (costumes)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Edward Bernds ... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
John P. Livadary ... sound director (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Roy Davidson ... special camera effects (as E. Roy Davidson)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Irving Lippman ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Howard Jackson ... musical director
Louis Silvers ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Harry Cohn ... president: Columbia Pictures Corp. of Calif. Ltd.
Hyatt Daab ... press agent (uncredited)
Stewart East ... stand-in: Lionel Stander (uncredited)
Frank Hill ... stand-in: George Bancroft (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... stand-in: Jean Arthur (uncredited)
Jim Priest ... stand-in: Douglass Dumbrille (uncredited)
Slim Talbot ... stand-in: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Meet Gary as Mr. Deeds- and fall in love with him -as he panics Broadway with the audacity of his adventures-strikes back at his enemies in the most startling climax ever seen upon the screen! (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 22 April 1936) See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'Extravagant Mr. Deeds (France)
  • Mr. Deeds geht in die Stadt (Germany)
  • El secreto de vivir (Spain)
  • È arrivata la felicità (Italy)
  • Mr. Deeds kommer till stan (Finland, Swedish title)
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  • 115 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This movie marks the entry of the verb doodle (in the sense of absent-minded scribbling) into the English language. The word was coined for the movie by screenwriter Robert Riskin. See more »
Goofs When Deeds is interviewing the farmers and one of them gives him a sandwich, he takes a normal-sized bite out of it, which shows as he holds it afterward. But the bite is much smaller a few minutes later when the police come in and walk up to him. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into High Hopes: The Capra Years (1981). See more »
Soundtracks For He's a Jolly Good Fellow See more »
Crazy Credits Winthrop Oliver Warner (a studio musician) actually played the tuba for the film. See more »
Quotes Longfellow Deeds: People here are funny. They work so hard at living they forget how to live.
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