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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

By Gary Cooper (Actor), Jean Arthur (Actor), George Bancroft (Actor), Lionel Stander (Actor), Douglass Dumbrille (Actor) & Frank Capra (Director)
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Record Label   Sony Pictures
Format   Black & White / Closed-captioned / Color
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   PROVIDENT #130
ISBN  0012493392  
EAN  0043396894396  
UPC  043396894396  

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About a big-city reporter attempting to exploit a man who intends to donate his $20 million inheritance to the needy. Special features: subtitles in english spanish portuguese chinese korean thai production notes interactive menus frank kappa jr. Commentary talent files and much more. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 12/21/2004 Starring: Jean Arthur Gary Cooper Run time: 115 minutes Rating: Nr

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is Frank Capra's classic screwball comedy about a village innocent who inherits $20 million, only to discover it's more trouble than it's worth. The screwball in question is Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), a small-town greeting-card poet and tuba player transplanted to the big city to administer his newly inherited wealth, where fast-pattering, wised-up cynics, sneering society denizens, and corrupt lawyers lord it over the ingenuous and straightforward. Deeds's idiosyncrasies are amply magnified in the tabloids by journalist "Babe" Bennett (Jean Arthur), dating Deeds as a cover, only to discover she's the sap when she falls irresistibly for him. But the damage has been done, when Babe's column is used by a pack of corrupt lawyers, Cedar, Cedar, Cedar & Budington, to prove Deeds mentally unfit. The miracle of this unforgettable comedy is how it embraces dark material, calling into question some common assumptions about capitalism while maintaining an approachable atmosphere of light comedy, and deceptively so. You'll be so pixilated by its charm, you won't rest until you've doodled your way to a rhyme for "Budington." --Jim Gay

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A Most Sublime Piece of "Capra-Corn" with Cooper and Arthur at Their Youthful Zenith  Feb 12, 2008
This is "Capra-corn" at its most sublime as this 1936 comedy is still one of the legendary director's best works due primarily to the sterling, career-defining performances of Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. In the 1930's and 40's, Frank Capra's oeuvre was the humanistic picture, inspirational to the common folk reeling from the Great Depression and later World War II. Written by his frequent (and later quite embittered) collaborator, Robert Riskin, this was his first film fully in this direction after his Oscar-winning success with the quintessential runaway heiress comedy, 1934's It Happened One Night. It's intriguing to know that Capra only made this film because he could not start production on the far more ambitious Lost Horizon as scheduled and fit this in only when Cooper became available for the title role.

Cooper portrays Longfellow Deeds, a young poet and volunteer fireman in a small Vermont town who suddenly inherits $20 million, a huge fortune at the time, from a distant uncle who died in an automobile crash in Italy. Having never been outside of his hometown, Deeds is thrust into the limelight and moves to Manhattan to take care of his uncle's estate and related business interests. The first half has all the trappings of a "fish out of water" situation (which Capra pretty much perfected with this film), but it doesn't take Deeds long to figure out that the people around him are not as sincere as they want him to think. One exception, he believes, is Mary Dawson, a small-town girl looking for a job before she faints from hunger. He falls in love with her not realizing that she is really ace reporter Babe Bennett out to land a juicy newspaper story about Deeds' "Cinderella Man" exploits. Tired of the selfish cynicism surrounding him, Deeds gives away his fortunes to establish a program to help poor farmers. In response, his advisors attempt to have him put away for insanity.

Previously a stoic straight arrow in primarily westerns and female-oriented weepies, Cooper emerges here as a multi-dimensional leading man with a deft comedy touch, while the throaty-voiced Arthur (in a role abandoned by no less than Carole Lombard) shows her natural élan as a tough newspaperwoman who discovers her vulnerability thanks to Deeds' magnanimous gestures. It's no wonder these two returned to Capra's hands in subsequent features - he in Meet John Doe, she in You Can't Take It With You and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The top-notch supporting cast is headed by Lionel Stander as Deeds' confidante (a role similar to the agent he played in the 1937 A Star Is Born); H.B. Warner as the sympathetic Judge May (who would later return to Capra for Lost Horizon as the wizened Chang and for It's A Wonderful Life as the drunken druggist who slaps George on his deaf ear); and Douglass Dumbrille as the nasty Cedar. The 2006 DVD has a scene-specific commentary track, fairly interesting, from the director's son, Frank Capra, Jr., who is also featured in a ten-minute short about the film. Several vintage trailers of the senior Capra's films are included though surprisingly not one for Deeds.
Definitively he seems to be taken by the delfts   Feb 11, 2008
"Mr. Deeds" incarnates to a good-natured middle age man, who suddenly is aware he has inherited an immense fortune and decides - for the general surprise - to distribute it among the most needed people.

But beneath the anecdote of this urban fable, there's more; at first place a tongue in the cheek before the hard times of the Great depression of 1929, on the other hand Capra allows himself certain liberties to carve in relief in terms of comedy what years later would come : "The grapes of wrath" ; and finally as you and me might expect he shakes hands with the world, when an inquisitive reporter, trying to understand the motives of his outrageous behaviour, eventually falls in love with him.

We should remark the impressive performance of Gary Cooper, starring this one-of- a-kind personage, his sublime clumsiness, lost glance and childish behaviour around an unique character by then. The sequence in the court room, after he decides to react against the multiple attacks remains as a classic and a formidable magisterial class of realistic acting.

Watch it and then you will make the full round circle with "It's a wonderful life."

Makes me Want to Shout!  Oct 6, 2007
This is a film that belongs on your shelf so that on those down days when the world seems too horrible and you've lost faith in people, you can play this and remember what life is all about.

Capra's insistence on the goodness at the heart of the common man and the power of his goodness to win out over the crookedness of "big-city slickers" may be corny, but it sure feels good, doesn't it? It's great to see a firm of ethically-challenged lawyers and ridiculous psychiatrists get their commuppance.

Gary Cooper is sublime in this role. I've read every reader's review here and no one has mentioned how gorgeous he is! So I will: He is GORGEOUS! He personifies the good guy from the small Vermont town, who's not as much of a bumpkin as folks would like to think. True, he is a bit pixillated and that's definitely to his favor. Pixies fled New York City a long time ago and look at the mess it's in!

The whole film is entertaining but there are a few scenes that stood out in my mind: first, when Deeds plays his bass tuba part as the town band plays farewell to him as he boards the train. Then, when he "conducts" the three stuffy servants in an impromptu echo trio in marble hallway of his mansion. Then, another musical one, when he and "Mary" form a duet on a park bench in the city, with Mary playing "Swanee River" on "drums" and Deeds oom-pah-ing "Humouresque." Very sweet!

I quote another reader here, James Roberts, who wrote that Capra reminds us how to be human. That's no small achievement!
The original Mr. Deeds Goes to Town  Jun 20, 2007
Quintessential Capra charmer is one of Cooper's most appealing comic forays, as his plain-talking homespun reflection of rural America out-foxes all those smug and greedy city-slickers. Arthur is also terrific as Babe Bennett, the hard-nosed lady journalist who first ridicules, then falls for Longfellow, much to her own surprise. One of the screen's authentic classics, this is pixilated comedy at its very best. Beware the Adam Sandler remake.
Truly a classic movie  Jan 11, 2007
A must see movie for those that like the classics. Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur are outstanding. People are not taught morals like this everyday anymore.

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