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Good Sam (1948)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 September 1948 (USA)
Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Ken Englund (screenplay), Leo McCarey (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Sam Clayton
Ann Sheridan ... Lu Clayton
Ray Collins ... Reverend Daniels
Edmund Lowe ... H.C. Borden
Joan Lorring ... Shirley Mae
Clinton Sundberg ... Nelson
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Nelson
Louise Beavers ... Chloe
Dick Ross Dick Ross ... Claude
Lora Lee Michel ... Lulu Clayton
Bobby Dolan Jr. Bobby Dolan Jr. ... Butch Clayton
Matt Moore ... Mr. Butler
Netta Packer ... Mrs. Butler
Ruth Roman ... Ruthie
Carol Stevens Carol Stevens ... Mrs. Adams
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Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

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He'll take the whole world . . . and you to his heart !

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'n Duivel van een man See more »

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Production Co:

Rainbow Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 25, 1950 with Ann Sheridan reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: Why can't people stand on their OWN two feet and have a baby?
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #10.34 (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Redeemed
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played by the Salvation Army band and sung by Gary Cooper and the band members
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Character Should Count
23 August 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It took three years for Leo McCarey to get back to the screen after directing Bing Crosby in that double barreled triumph of Going My Way and The Bells of St.Mary's. Sad to say, Good Sam didn't quite live up to the standards of those two films. Leo took no Oscar nominations home for this one.

Gary Cooper is a fine upstanding citizen with wife Ann Sheridan and two small kids and a mooching live-in brother-in-law played by Dick Ross. He's an impulsive do gooder, an easy touch for a sob story and a handout. He drives poor Ann to distraction. A sermon by minister Ray Collins at the beginning of the film on the virtues of charity put Cooper's generosity into overdrive.

It's a nice film, maybe a bit too unbelievable. I can't believe that Ann Sheridan hadn't taken Coop in tow by this point of her marriage. Two noted baseball immortals, Babe Ruth and Dizzy Dean, had in common the fact that they both married strong willed women who took charge of the finances lest their hubbys give it all away.

Still I did like the message of the film which is delivered by Harry Hayden who has a small role as a banker. Coop's generosity not only with cash, but co-signing loans for various people has put him as a credit risk. When he needs the money he can't get a loan from the bank. But later on Hayden comes over to the house and tells Sheridan that he changed his mind and approved the loan for their new house. Character and decency should count for something. It was a very similar message to one that was delivered in a far better film, The Best Years of Our Lives when Fredric March as a veteran who returns to his job as a bank loan officer, approves a loan to a veteran on the strength of his character.

Character and decency should count, but Coop's pants pockets still needed a lock put on them.


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