Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Director: Frank Capra Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft
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Overview

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2008
UPC: 0043396279797
Original Release: 1936
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 10,746

Special Features

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

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
Beatrice Blinn Actor
Beatrice Curtis Actor
Frank Hammond Actor
Vesey O'Davoren Actor
Charles Sullivan Actor
Florence Wix Actor
Stanley Andrews James Cedar
Irving Bacon Frank
Billy Bevan Cabby
George Cooper Bob
Cecil Cunningham Bit part
Mary Lou Dix Shop girl
Ann Doran Girl on the Bus
Jay Eaton Writer
Bess Flowers Bit part
Edward Gargan 2nd Bodyguard
Russell Hicks Dr. Malcolm
Harry Holden Guard
Paul Hurst 1st Deputy
Eddie Kane Henneberry
Edward Keane Board member
Edward J. Le Saint Dr. Fosdick
Edwin Maxwell Douglas
Margaret McWade Amy Faulkner
George Meeker Brookfield
James Millican Interne
Gene Morgan Waiter
Jack Mower Reporter
Franklin Pangborn Tailor
Barnett Parker Butler
John Picorri Board member
Paul Porcasi Italian
Lillian Ross Hat Check Girl
Christian Rub Swenson
Lee Shumway Bailiff
Dale Van Sickel Lawyer
Gustav von Seyffertitz Dr. Emil Von Hallor
Pierre Watkin Arthur Cedar
John Wray Farmer
Harry C. Bradley Anderson
George "Gabby" Hayes Farmers' Spokesman
Charles Lane Hallor
Dennis O'Keefe Reporter
Charles Wilson Court Clerk

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

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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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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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.
John316 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.