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

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Rip Smith
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Mary Peterman
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Professor Frederick Hoopendecker
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Ike
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Lou Dicketts
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Ed Weaver
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Mrs. Weaver
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Mr. Twiddle
E.J. Ballantine ...
Moody
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Ma Peterman
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Hank Nickleby
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Nickleby
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Mayor
Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Frisby
Mickey Roth ...
Bob Peterman
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Birch
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Senator Wilton
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Stringer
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Dickey
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Mrs. Wilton
Joel Friedkin ...
Dingle
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Hodges
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Bus Driver
Frank Darien ...
Quincy
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Sam Fuller
Jimmy Crane ...
Shorty
Richard Belding ...
Junior Dicketts
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Benny
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Henry - Stringer's Office (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ...
Birch's Secretary (uncredited)
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Smoke Shop Counter Customer (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Electrician (uncredited)
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Questioning Grandview Citizen (uncredited)
Joan Delmer ...
Young Girl (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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New Arrival (uncredited)
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Soda Jerk (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
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George (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Man with Reporter (uncredited)
Joseph Granby ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Moving Man with Wastebasket (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ...
Radio Comic (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Businessman on Street (uncredited)
Gabriel Heatter ...
Gabriel Heatter - Radio Newscaster (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ...
Radio Host (uncredited)
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Moving Man (uncredited)
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Jim - Townsman (uncredited)
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Radio Broadcaster (uncredited)
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Moving Man (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ...
Man in Hall Outside Stringer's Office (uncredited)
Mickey McGuire ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Newspaper Man (uncredited)
Philip Morris ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Minister (uncredited)
William Newell ...
Radio Comic in Montage (uncredited)
Ken Niles ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ...
Naturally Nosey Lady (uncredited)
Garry Owen ...
Cigar Counter Clerk (uncredited)
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Bookkeeper (uncredited)
Vic Perrin ...
Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
City Council Member (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Newspaper Man (uncredited)
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Mailman (uncredited)
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Shoe Shine Customer (uncredited)
Jim Toney ...
Joe (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ...
Minister (uncredited)
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Grandview Citizen (uncredited)
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Stringer's Associate (uncredited)
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New Citizen in Crowd (uncredited)
Bobby Warde ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Moving Man (uncredited)
Lee 'Lasses' White ...
Shoe Shine Man (uncredited)
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Radio Comic in Montage (uncredited)

Directed by

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William A. Wellman

Written by

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Robert Riskin ... (story) and
Joseph Krumgold ... (story)
 
Robert Riskin ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Riskin ... producer
William A. Wellman ... producer

Music by

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Roy Webb

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Joseph F. Biroc ... director of photography

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Sherman Todd
Richard G. Wray

Editorial Department

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William Hornbeck ... montage

Production Design by

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Lionel Banks

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George Sawley ... (set decorations)

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Arthur S. Black Jr. ... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)

Sound Department

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Terry Kellum ... sound
John E. Tribby ... sound (as John Tribby)

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Clyde Taylor ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Milo Anderson ... costumes: Miss Wyman
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director

Other crew

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William S. Holman ... general manager
Robert Riskin ... presenter
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The guy with the dynamite heart meets the girl with the firecracker eyes! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Fremde Stadt (Germany)
  • Ciudad mágica (Spain)
  • A Cidade Mágica (Portugal)
  • Cidade Encantada (Brazil)
  • La città magica (Italy)
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  • 103 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Loretta Young was originally cast as Mary but was forced to leave the production before shooting began because of ill health. See more »
Soundtracks MAGIC TOWN See more »
Quotes Mary Peterman: The air becomes charged with electricity around desperate men.
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