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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 April 1936 (USA)
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Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.

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Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all until Babe Bennett comes along. Babe is a hot-shot reporter who figures the best way to get close to Deeds is to pose as a damsel in distress. When small-town boy meets big-city girl anything can, and does, happen. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Rocking America with laughter!

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El secreto de vivir  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 1, 1937 with Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur and Lionel Stander reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When Longfellow Deeds is preparing for his "engagement" lunch, he has a pipe in his hands or mouth throughout (sliding down the banister, discussing the utensils, flowers, etc.). But after he "practices" the seating with the butler, he gets up and leaves and the pipe has disappeared. See more »

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[Mac, the newspaper editor, is chewing out his reporting staff for their inability to get a scoop on Deeds]
MacWade: He's been here three days and what have you numb-skulls brought in? Any halfwit novice could have done better. You imbecilic stoops. Now get out of here before I really tell you what I think of you. Go on, get out!
[a reporter mumbles an unintelligible insult at Mac as he exits the office]
MacWade: What was that?
Reporter: I said you were a... uh... I said you had dirty plaster.
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Winthrop Oliver Warner (a studio musician) actually played the tuba for the film. See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Played by a band at the train station, including Mr. Deeds on tuba
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One of my favorite movies!
25 April 2003 | by (Seattle, WA. USA.) – See all my reviews

Or is it my favorite?!

Just a wholesome, thought-provoking expose on the weirdness of typical American city thinking and behavior, being brought to light by a naïve young man who has down-to-earth small-town common sense!

From the IMDB age-bracket reviews, it seems this movie might not appeal to the younger, especially girls under 18 (go figure).

A great Frank Capra-directed film. I also really like "You can't take it with you", but that film is more off-beat and goofy.

Enjoy this film when you're in the mood for something to remind you of "goodness". Whatever that is!


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