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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.


Leo McCarey


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


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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


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 !


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

1 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'n Duivel van een man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rainbow Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the talent involved both on and off-screen, the film was a critical and commercial flop when first released in 1948. Ann Sheridan perceived that the failure was the result of she and Gary Cooper having no chemistry together as romantic leads. See more »


Rev. Daniels: He doesn't drink?
Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: No. Sometimes I wish he did.
Rev. Daniels: Gamble?
Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: No, but I'd prefer it to what he's doing.
Rev. Daniels: He isn't in love with somebody else.
Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: Yes. Everybody. He loves everybody. He's in love with the human race and even animals and bird life and fish. Why he wouldn't even swat a fly nor any of those... those leeches who cling to him. He just can't help helping people.
Rev. Daniels: And that's bad? Well, how does that affect your life?
Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: What life? Oh, alright. You say marriage is a case of give and take. Well, he ...
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References The Fugitive (1947) See more »


Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Music by Leo Friedman
Played by the Salvation Army band and sung by Gary Cooper
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Most people never understood that movie.
7 August 2002 | by raypaquinSee all my reviews

This movie is a satire on the 'Capraesque' genre. It is a satire on Altruism, in the spirit of 'if you don't like the fruit, take a good look at the tree'. Most politically-correct people feel like strangling the hero people he reminds them of themselves. The ending is spoiled, however, by a desire by the Hollywood politically-correct bosses to attenuate the logical consequences to be drawn from the script. In the end, all the hero's "good deeds" are rewarded. There is much evidence that Gary Cooper intended this film to be a satire; his making of 'The Fountainhead' the following year, an extreme right-wing ideological film that was spoiled by king Vidor's misunderstanding of its philosophical contents and his testimonies at the McCarthy enquiry at around that time. Try to see that film with new eyes, at it were.

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