The Magnificent Dope

The Magnificent Dope

Henry Fonda
Director: Walter Lang Cast: Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
, Don Ameche
Don Ameche
, Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton
Walter Lang

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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In order to be permitted to appear in "prestige" items like Grapes of Wrath and The Ox-Bow Incident, Henry Fonda had to agree to appear in such inconsequential fluff as The Magnificent Dope. On its own terms, however, this gentle satire of the "Dale Carnegie" school of self-help is pretty funny. Don Ameche plays Dwight Dawson, the owner of a success school which isn't all that successful. Dawson's secretary-sweetheart, Claire Harris (Lynn Bari), suggests a publicity stunt which might improve business -- if Dawson can make a success out of the laziest man in America, the world will beat a path to his door. After an extensive search, the perfect candidate for Dawson's academy is found: cheerful, laid-back country boy Tad Page, who prefers happiness and serenity to hard work and wealth. In true "reverse procedure" tradition, it is Tad's take-it-easy philosophy, rather than Dawson's "get up and go" dictum, that eventually wins the hearts of the American public. Fourth-billed Edward Everett Horton has little to do other than his inimitable double takes, one of which amusingly closes the picture.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
UPC: 0024543970354
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 43,331

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Fonda Tad Page
Don Ameche Dwight Dawson
Edward Everett Horton Horace Hunter
George Barbier Barker
Frank Orth Messenger
Roseanne Murray Dawson's Secretary
Kitty McHugh Sadie
Marietta Canty Jennie
Hobart Cavanaugh Albert Gowdy
Hal K. Dawson Charlie
Josephine Whittell Mrs. Hunter
Arthur Loft Fire Engine Salesman
Chick Chandler Reporter
Paul Stanton Peters
Claire Du Brey Secretary
Harry Hayden Frank Mitchell
Pierre Watkin Carson
Kenneth Gibson Actor
Charles Meakin Actor
Lynn Bari Claire Harris
William B. Davidson Mr. Reindel
Gladys Blake Another Secretary
Ralph Brooks Man
Harry Depp Man
Byron Foulger Man
Carey Harrison Man
Paul McVey John
Jack Mower Man
Lawrence Wheat Man
Larry Williams Man
Frank Jaquet Man

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Richard Day Production Designer
Wiard Ihnen Production Designer
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Barbara McLean Editor
Emil Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Perlberg Producer
Joseph Schrank Original Story
George Seaton Screenwriter
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer

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