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...
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The guy with the dynamite heart meets the girl with the firecracker eyes!
Did You Know?
While inspired by the Middletown Studies of 1924 and 1937, the movie's public opinion plot bears no similarity to those research studies by sociologists Robert and Helen Lynd. Their research was the study of "the interwoven trends that are the life of a small American city." The Rockefeller Institute of Social and Religious Research funded the Lynd research projects. A 1929 book by the Lynd's reported their findings in "Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture." See more
Good heavens. I'm so excited I ate one of my own muffins.
Also available in a colorized version. See more
My Book of Memory
(originally "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen")
Music by Thomas Payne Westendorf
Lyric: Edward Heyman
Sung by chorus with brief solos by Jane Wyman
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