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The Magnificent Dope (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 October 1942 (Mexico)
Dwight Dawson, who runs an unsuccessful success school, stages a contest to find the biggest failure in the USA, for publicity value when the "dope" takes his course. But winner Tad Page is... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thadeus Winship 'Tad' Page
... Claire Harris
... Dwight Dawson
... Horace Hunter
... James Roger Barker
... Messenger
Roseanne Murray ... Dawson's Secretary
... Jenny
... Albert Gowdy
Hal K. Dawson ... Charlie
... Mrs. Hunter
... Mr. Morton, Fire Engine Salesman
... Peters
... Peter's Secretary
... Mr. Reindel
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Dwight Dawson, who runs an unsuccessful success school, stages a contest to find the biggest failure in the USA, for publicity value when the "dope" takes his course. But winner Tad Page is contented with his idle, lazy life and threatens to convert Dawson's other students to his philosophy. Dawson captalizes on Tad's attraction to Claire Harris to win him over; but will Tad find out Claire is really engaged to Dawson? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Meet the All-American Jerk...Ladies' Man De Luxe!

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They are in New York City, but when they rode over a bridge, it appeared to be one located in San Francisco! See more »

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Dwight Dawson: That kiss took five years off my life... ...hey, careful, I'll be too young to vote!
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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Tad and Claire are drinking champagne at the Havana Club
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A paean to laziness
13 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Peter Gibbons, meet Thadeus "call me Tad" Page. Selling life insurance may have been the 1940's equivalent of a cubicle job, but in any case Tad Page doesn't take to it much better than Peter Gibbons did in "Office Space", and they both appreciate fishing. Henry Fonda is the perfect personality for demonstrating the value of well-timed laziness. Don Ameche was either Alexander Graham Bell or a pleasant schemer in his films (until "Trading Places" at least) and his Dwight Dawson-ambitious-man-with-a-gimmick is nicely drawn here. I also appreciated the subtle manner in which the tune "Lazy Bones" was woven unobtrusively into the background during Fonda's scenes. Watch for it on TCM; worth your time.


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