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Magic Town (1947)

An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Robert Riskin (story), Joseph Krumgold (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Rip Smith
Jane Wyman ... Mary Peterman
Kent Smith ... Professor Frederick Hoopendecker
Ned Sparks ... Ike
Wallace Ford ... Lou Dicketts
Regis Toomey ... Ed Weaver
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Weaver
Donald Meek ... Mr. Twiddle
E.J. Ballantine E.J. Ballantine ... Moody
Ann Shoemaker ... Ma Peterman
Mickey Kuhn ... Hank Nickleby
Howard Freeman ... Nickleby
Harry Holman ... Mayor
Mary Currier Mary Currier ... Mrs. Frisby
Mickey Roth Mickey Roth ... Bob Peterman
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Storyline

Rip Smith's opinion-poll business is a failure...until he discovers that the small town of Grandview is statistically identical to the entire country. He and his assistants go there to run polls cheaply and easily, in total secrecy (it would be fatal to let the townsfolk get self-conscious). And of course, civic crusader Mary Peterman must be kept from changing things too much. But romantic involvement with Mary complicates life for Rip; then suddenly everything changes... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The guy with the dynamite heart meets the girl with the firecracker eyes!

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade Mágica See more »

Filming Locations:

Chico, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Robert Riskin Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did poorly at the box office, resulting in a loss of $350,000 ($3.77M in 2017) for RKO according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Mary Peterman: The air becomes charged with electricity around desperate men.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »

Soundtracks

MY BOOK OF MEMORY
(originally "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen")
Music by Thomas Payne Westendorf (uncredited)
Lyric: Edward Heyman
Sung by chorus with brief solos by Jane Wyman (uncredited)
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a bit silly but with such a fun movie, who cares?
29 December 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Okay, I'll admit the plot is silly and contrived. Sure, the idea of an actuary determining that there is a "perfect" city that is actually statistically represents America in a microcosm is silly. And, their plan NOT to tell anyone in the town but surreptitiously poll just these townspeople in order to find out what America thinks about a wide variety of issues is far-fetched. BUT, with Jimmy Stewart and Jane Wyman as well as William Wellman's direction, who cares?! This is one of those "just sit back and enjoy" pictures that isn't particularly deep but that is charming and great fun to watch. And I think we need a few films like this now and again.


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