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Good Sam (1948)

Approved | | 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.

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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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Director Leo McCarey shot two different endings and let remarks by preview audiences determine which one to use. See more »

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Samuel R. 'Sam' Clayton: [Having one drink too many] Do you know what Confucius says about helping people?
Tom: [Also tipsy] Yeah, he said so many things he gets me mixed up.
Samuel R. 'Sam' Clayton: Well, he said...
Tom: Confucius fills me with confusion.
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References The Fugitive (1947) See more »

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There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
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Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Played by the Salvation Army band and sung by William Frawley
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Painfully bad and a waste of talents.
24 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

With two top actors, Gary Cooper and Ann Sheridan, and one of the best directors of his day, Leo McCarey, you have the formula for a great film. Unfortunately, "Good Sam" is NOT a great movie...nor is it even a good one. In fact, it's one of the biggest wastes of talent due to a painfully bad script with a painfully unfunny premise. In fact, I found it painful to sit and watch this film.

Gary Cooper plays Sam (Good Sam--Good Samaritan...get it?!). Sam is just too nice to be true and makes Ned Flanders (from "The Simpsons") seem like Hitler by comparison! This is because Sam is so generous, so nice and so trusting that everyone in town takes advantage of him. However, in the process, his own family keeps getting the short end of things and his ultra-patient wife eventually has enough. And, after seeing Cooper play such a simpering guy, your probably have had enough by then as well! The bottom line is that NO ONE is that nice as well as that thoughtless when it comes to their family. The story just comes off as contrived and ridiculous.

Incidentally, this movie was a big box office loser when it debuted, so it's not just my opinion that it's a bad film--America and film critics at the time also thought it was pretty bad!


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