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Mr. Deeds Goes To Town

7.81 h 55 min1936UHDU
A reluctant millionaire (Gary Cooper) is declared insane when he announces that he'll give his fortune away to America's poor. Oscar(r)-winning direction by Frank Capra.
Frank Capra
Gary CooperJean ArthurGeorge Bancroft
English [CC]
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Lionel StanderDouglass DumbrilleRaymond WalburnH.B. Warner
Frank Capra
Columbia Pictures
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4.6 out of 5 stars

463 global ratings

  1. 75% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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Anthony ManmohanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 July 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tuba Player Underplays
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Cooper a tuba player and poet is self-made in a small town where he learns he has inherited $20m. He leaves his town for the first time having to borrow suitcases, taking up new residence in New York City where he lives in a mansion with upper-class servants. The only thing is everyone seems to want something from him, he is believed to be a simpleton and sap, but he never blows his trumpet.
A female report Arthur goes undercover to write articles about this unknown person but ridicules him in the press to sell papers. He decides to dispose of his inheritance in a housing scheme for the homeless whereby others take him to court to have him declared insane. Love follows.
I chose to watch this as I used to play the tuba and enjoy Jean Arthur films.
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Ms Louise WilfordReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable hokum
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Gary Cooper is remarkably handsome and a tad wooden in his acting style but quite endearing as the innocent abroad exploding the cynical and exploitative jaded urbanites with his faux naive downhome approach to life. Jean Arthur is brilliant as always. Typical heartwarming Frank Capra film, making some excellent comments about the self-important and machiavellian, money-grubbing city types - Mr Deeds is the sort of man Donald Trump tries to present himself as being, but Cooper's character is the real deal. Frank Capra's depiction of small-town American life in his films presents them as places full of gentle eccentrics, which misses all the nasty gossip, social pressures, hatred of outsiders, and general insularity that such places often exhibit in reality - but if you want reality, don't watch Frank Capra films!
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Spike OwenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Flawless Capra and Cooper.
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"They created a lot of grand palaces here, but they forgot to create noblemen to put in them"

Has simplicity of story ever been so grand as it is here? Director Frank Capra manages to turn a simple tale of a rural man coming into big money, into a charismatic uplifting lesson to generations past and present. There are no sheep around here for the makers to extract wool from to pull over our eyes, they don't need too, for it is just a plain and honest story to gladden even the hardest of hearts. It's a journey that tickles you pink and then stops you in your tracks with a swift turn of events, it then gives you tension, frustrating pain in the ass tension, and then? Well it's into the delightful realm of Capra.

The direction is flawless, I honestly can't find anything wrong here even if it was my wish to do so, the acting is actually to die for. Gary Cooper is simply brilliant in the title role, he takes you with him on his journey from the easy going rural chap at the start of the film-to the quite emotive and strong man coming alive for the finale. Cooper was a class act when playing men with high moral fibre, such is the case here, he layers Deeds with conviction, witness a tonal shift in the film that brings his world crashing down, the grief on Cooper's face has the viewer ready to fight the world for him. Then there's the entire court room sequences as he sits there acting only with expressions, it's special I tell you.

Jean Arthur has a back story to the film that makes me admire her all the more, she was only chose quite late on in casting by Capra after he caught her in a small low budget production, and she suffered violently with nerves on each shoot, but the results are incredible as she dominates the camera in every scene she is in, with her delivery, her voice that makes me ache in a good way, this lady covers herself in glory. The supporting cast are also first class, the writing is top dollar, the film is actually perfect across the board, so with that I'm stunned that more golden baldy statues from the Academy didn't come this films way.

I was going to watch Mr Smith Goes To Washington after this, but I spent another hour re-watching my favourite scenes from this film. It's a well regarded film in classic movie buff circles, and rightly so, for it's a peerless entry on Capra's CV, and also cements the statement that Gary Cooper deserves his legendary status. 10/10
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3dcncReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Feel good without the cringe factor for me.
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I really liked it. It was very well acted , which i think helped make it a classic. The romance part , worked because it was well written and visualised within the main arc of the story . Feel good without the cringe factor for me. Not sure it is possible to make this type/style of film today and get away with it. Glad it it available to watch.
Mr. G BrownReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
You cannot buy class
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One of the great films of any time. Actors are fabulous, and with the improved picture, this is a delight.
They couldn't make a film this well now it they flung a billion at it.
You cannot buy class
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A truly great film
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Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur - maybe, possibly, the film of film making. Yes, it's old, yes it's black and white, but (a cliché) they don't make them like this anymore (says an old man). I love it, I hope you will too.
Samuel BarberReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur
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This is actually quite a good film. Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur team up together in the same year that they appeared in Cecil B. DeMille's 'The Plainsman'. Frank Capra got more out of Cooper and Arthur than DeMille did. The script is good, and whenever Jean Arthur is given good lines it really lifts her performance. Capra's direction really made Cooper act well which is a real achievement. Lionel Stander appears in this film and would go on to appear as Max in the 1980s television series, 'Hart to Hart'.
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Shirley O'NeillReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 May 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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My opinion is Gary cooper didn't suit the role, Cary Grant would have made a better lead role!
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