Good Sam

Overview

Small-town department store manager Sam Clayton (Gary Cooper) is a born "Good Samaritan," which in his case translates as "sucker." Much to the dismay of his wife Lu (Anne Sheridan), who'd like to save up enough cash for a new house, Sam habitually gives his money away to one "deserving" soul or other. But when Sam himself is in dire financial difficulty, none of the people to whom he's extended his generosity come to his aid. Disillusioned, he goes on a bender and disappears into the night. Thanks to Lu's ...
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Overview

Small-town department store manager Sam Clayton (Gary Cooper) is a born "Good Samaritan," which in his case translates as "sucker." Much to the dismay of his wife Lu (Anne Sheridan), who'd like to save up enough cash for a new house, Sam habitually gives his money away to one "deserving" soul or other. But when Sam himself is in dire financial difficulty, none of the people to whom he's extended his generosity come to his aid. Disillusioned, he goes on a bender and disappears into the night. Thanks to Lu's not-so-gentle remonstrations, however, Sam's debtors finally own up to their obligations, and a happy ending is had by all. Producer/director Leo McCarey has a good thing going in the first few reels of Good Sam, but eventually loses control of the film, resulting in a great deal of illogical plot twists and character transformations in the final footage. Still, it's interesting to watch Gary Cooper doing what amounts to an imitation of Jimmy Stewart. Originally released a 128 minutes, Good Sam was pared down to 114 minutes for reissue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2014
  • UPC: 887090080309
  • Original Release: 1948
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,196

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Sam Clayton
Ann Sheridan Lu Clayton
Ray Collins Rev. Daniels
Edmund Lowe H.C. Borden
Joan Lorring Shirley Mae
Ruth Roman Ruthie
Clinton Sundberg Nelson
Minerva Urecal Mrs. Nelson
Louise Beavers Chloe
Dick Ross Claude
Lora Lee Michel Lulu
Bobby Dolan Jr. Butch
Matt Moore Mr. Butler
Netta Packer Mrs. Butler
Todd Karns Joe Adams
Irving Bacon Tramp
William Frawley Tom
Harry Hayden Banker
Cliff Clark Probation Officer
Dick Elliott Politician
Louis Mason Mr. Duffield
Bert Moorhouse Man
Garry Owen Taxi Driver
Carol Stevens Mrs. Adams
Dick Wessel Bus Driver
Claire James Mrs. Adams
Jane Allen Girl
Effie Laird Mrs. Duffield
Florence Auer Woman on Bus
Joseph Crehan Casey
Irmgard Dawson Girl
Mimi Doyle Red Cross Nurse
Tom Dugan Santa Claus
Sarah Edwards Mrs. Gilmore
Bess Flowers Parent
Jack Gargan Parent
William Haade Taxi Driver
Ann Lawrence Salvation Army Girl
Marta Mitrovich Mysterious Woman
Ida Moore Old Lady
Franklin Parker Photographer
Bert Roach Whispering Usher
Ruth Sanderson Sam's Secretary
Almira Sessions Landlady
Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director, Producer
George Barnes Cinematographer
John L. Cass Sound/Sound Designer
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer
Ken Englund Screenwriter
John B. Goodman Art Director
Jesse Hibbs Asst. Director
John Klorer Original Story
Jacque Mapes Set Decoration/Design
James McKay Editor
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
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