Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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Overview

When a car crash ends the life of a fabulously wealthy patron of the arts, the decedent's $20,000,000 fortune is inherited by one Longfellow Deeds Gary Cooper of Mandrake Falls, Vermont. Already a reasonably successful local businessman, Deeds doesn't really feel the need for anything extra in his life: he just wants enough time to practice his tuba and compose greeting-card doggerel. When Deeds is convinced to move to New York, hard-boiled newspaper reporter Babe Bennett Jean Arthur is dispatched to get the ...
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Overview

When a car crash ends the life of a fabulously wealthy patron of the arts, the decedent's $20,000,000 fortune is inherited by one Longfellow Deeds Gary Cooper of Mandrake Falls, Vermont. Already a reasonably successful local businessman, Deeds doesn't really feel the need for anything extra in his life: he just wants enough time to practice his tuba and compose greeting-card doggerel. When Deeds is convinced to move to New York, hard-boiled newspaper reporter Babe Bennett Jean Arthur is dispatched to get the inside scoop on "The Cinderella Man." Babe's stories of Deeds' eccentricities and no-nonsense dealings with phonies and poseurs provide excellent headline fodder; but she begins to regret her actions, having fallen in love with the big lug. Deeds ultimately sets up a foundation to dispense his fortune to the country's neediest souls, on the proviso that the recipients do their best to get back on their feet, a turn of events that leads his lawyer John Cedar Douglas Dumbrille to try to have him declared insane. By the end of the sanity hearing, the judge H. B. Walker declares: "Not only are you sane, but you're the sanest man who ever walked in this courtroom!" A joyously unadulterated hunk of Frank Capra-corn, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town was adapted by Robert Riskin from Clarence Buddington Kelland's short story "Opera Hat." In addition to the pleasure of watching the country bumpkin outwit city slickers, the movie is a film buff's dream, boasting one of the best character-actor casts ever assembled for a single film. Nominated for four Academy Awards, the film won Frank Capra his second Oscar out of three as Best Director.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Frank Capra, Jr. Remembers... Mr. Deeds Goes to Town; Commentary by Frank Capra, Jr.; Vintage advertising gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Frank Capra built his career around the themes that he explores in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. For the populist Capra, the battle lines are clearly drawn; he makes his points (sometimes heavy-handedly) by pitting small-town simplicity, selflessness, and idealism against big-city sophistication, greed, and cynicism. Capra raised the "little guy" to iconic status, stereotyping him as effortlessly as he stigmatized the corrupt city slicker. Gary Cooper's Longfellow Deeds often looks as if he is visiting from a different era, an errant knight guided by an anachronistic code of chivalry. He is not afraid to resort to violence if words don't get the job done, although his impassioned speeches tend to get him in more trouble than they get him out of. He is looking for a "damsel in distress," and he is guided by an archaic and romantic notion of "noblesse oblige." Jean Arthur makes her first of three Capra appearances as this damsel, the hard-nosed reporter who exposes Mr. Deeds to ridicule. Her nasally, pointed line delivery is sharp and precise, and Cooper's trademark laconic delivery is also perfect for the role. Playing the part as if born to it, Cooper is at the top of his game, imbuing Deeds with just the right blend of empathy and intelligence. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town won Capra his second of three Best Director trophies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • UPC: 043396279797
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Subtitled / B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,220

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Longfellow Deeds
Jean Arthur Babe Bennett
George Bancroft MacWade
Lionel Stander Cornelius Cobb
Douglas Dumbrille John Cedar
H.B. Warner Judge Walker
Raymond Walburn Walter
Margaret Matzenauer Madame Pomponi
Warren Hymer Bodyguard
Muriel Evans Theresa
Ruth Donnelly Mabel Dawson
Spencer Charters Mal
Emma Dunn Mrs. Meredith
Wryley Birch Psychiatrist
Arthur Hoyt Budington
Jameson Thomas Mr. Semple
Walter Catlett Morrow
Margaret Seddon Jane Faulkner
Stanley Andrews James Cedar
Irving Bacon Frank
Billy Bevan Cabby
Beatrice Blinn
Harry C. Bradley Anderson
George Cooper Bob
Cecil Cunningham Bit part
Beatrice Curtis
Mary Lou Dix Shop girl
Ann Doran Girl on the Bus
Jay Eaton Writer
Bess Flowers Bit part
Edward Gargan 2nd Bodyguard
Frank Hammond
George "Gabby" Hayes Farmers' Spokesman
Russell Hicks Dr. Malcolm
Harry Holden Guard
Paul Hurst 1st Deputy
Eddie Kane Henneberry
Edward Keane Board member
Charles Lane Hallor
Edwin Maxwell Douglas
Margaret McWade Amy Faulkner
George Meeker Brookfield
James Millican Interne
Gene Morgan Waiter
Jack Mower Reporter
Vesey O'Davoren
Dennis O'Keefe Reporter
Franklin Pangborn Tailor
Barnett Parker Butler
John Picorri Board member
Paul Porcasi Italian
Lillian Ross Hat Check Girl
Christian Rub Swenson
Edward J. Le Saint Dr. Fosdick
Gustav von Seyffertitz Dr. Emil Von Hallor
Lee Shumway Bailiff
Charles Sullivan
Dale Van Sickel Lawyer
Pierre Watkin Arthur Cedar
Charles Wilson Court Clerk
Florence Wix
John Wray Farmer
Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director, Producer
Edward Bernds Sound Mixer
C.C. Coleman Asst. Director
Roy Davidson Special Effects
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Gene Havlick Editor
Howard Jackson Musical Direction/Supervision
Samuel Lange Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Joseph Walker Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
1. Start [1:03]
2. Semple Heir Search [3:23]
3. Longfellow Deeds [5:53]
4. A Lot of Friends [2:28]
5. C's & Little B [1:49]
6. Babe Bennett [4:51]
7. Gentlemen From the Opera [3:41]
8. "Lamb Bites Wolf." [4:54]
9. Lady In Distress [5:04]
10. Literati [4:50]
11. Cinderella Man [1:47]
12. "Quite a Bender." [4:31]
13. A Date With Mary [3:19]
14. Nuisance Value [1:07]
15. "Swanee River" [4:56]
16. What's Eating Babe [2:54]
17. Echoes [6:04]
18. Longfellow Proposes [3:46]
19. Quitting [3:17]
20. The Truth [3:08]
21. End of His Rope [4:06]
22. Giving His Dough Away [4:34]
23. Insanity Warrant [4:14]
24. Sanity Hearing [7:23]
25. Pixilated [3:04]
26. Dr. Emile Von Hallor [7:15]
27. Deeds' Two Cents [9:39]
28. Case Dismissed [2:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
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      Portuguese
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      Commentary By Frank Capra Jr.: On
      Commentary By Frank Capra Jr.: Off
      Frank Capra Jr. Remembers... "Mr Deeds Goes To Town"
      Vintage Advertising Gallery
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town A Classic!

    One of the best movies ever made, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, is a classic. It is well-acted, has a great script, and is visually enjoying. Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur give great performances. There is real chemistry between the stars.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very appropriate movie for our economic times!

    My 14 year old son requested this DVD for his birthday. Our entire family loves this movie! It is refreshing to watch a movie where the focus on material possessions is in the right perspective. Gary Cooper inherits a large sum of money, but instead of spending it foolishly, he wants to help the town folk who need it more. It is based on the Great Depression. A great movie for the times we are in economically! I highly recommend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of capra's finest

    frank capra, gary cooper, jean arthur. the result is magic! you can watch this film again and again ( I did). It never palls. Its fundamental values of decency and right vs wrong are as relevant today as when the film was made. A true classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    My all-time favorite movie

    I have seen this movie many times and each time I still laugh at the funny scenes and never grow tired of it. I highly recommend this to anyone who is either a classic movie buff or likes Gary Cooper.

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