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rule to live by.
thou shall not speak of the adam sandler remake..ever.
Champion of Integrity
- Will Fox
Gary Cooper, Top 10 film star, personifies integrity in more than 70 films, as the quintessential American individualist. In the beginning Paramount made him a contract player and notoriously randy A-list actress Clara Bow gave him a role in her next picture "It" (1927). The "It-girl" romance made Cooper the original "It-boy." That led to his first top-billing as a hero-cowboy in "Arizona Bound" (1927), then he played with Bow in "Wings" (1927), the first film to win the Academy Award as Best Picture. Additional highlights include Coop's first cowboy talkie "The Virginian" (1929), Frank Capra's "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936) and "Meet John Doe" (1941), then celebrated biopics "Sergeant York" (1941 Oscar), "Pride of the Yankees" (1942), and "The Fountainhead" (1949, architect Frank Lloyd Wright), plus his Oscar2 in "High Noon" (1952). Cooper's "Deeds" codified the character, as an archetype of integrity and innocence in the face of smug, sophisticated charlatanry. Longfellow Deeds, a tuba-playing small-town Vermonter inherits a fortune, then beats NY City's lying lawyers and grifters. "had to symbolize incorruptibility, and in my mind Gary Cooper already was that symbol," Capra wrote. His intuition paid off with a hit, earning Cooper his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Director Howard Hawks has Cooper, as Sgt. Alvin York, the World War I hayseed-pacifist drafted into the U.S. Army, overcome conscientious objections and capture a German Army company single-handed. "Sergeant York" earned 11 Oscar nominations. Hero Cooper won Best Actor.
May I you honor?
If you have not seen this movie, stop! Do not read any further, unless you do not mind knowing what happens before you see a movie.Mr Deeds is what society would label a strange fellow. He writes poems of on postcard for a living. His life in a small town comes to an end when he inherits 20 million from a deceased Uncle. Off to the big city he goes with his lawyer and personal assistant. He is tricked by a young lady who works for the newspaper and falls in love with her. Needless to say, he become sicken with the realities of life as he has become to know it, and decided to give away the entire fortune and is put on trial for being insane for doing such a crazy thing.At the end of movie at his hearing to determine if he is crazy, Mr. Deeds decides to speak up. He has been silent until now. If he does not defend himself he will be sent to the mental hospital and have his inheritance stripped away and pocketed by greedy lawyers. In his defense speech, Deeds puts the whole hearing on trial. When it appears he is finished the Judge says asked him if that is all, but Deeds says, one more thing Judge and punches the lawyer who represented his Uncle and who is trying to declare him insane and steal the 20 million dollars.I was not expecting the punch and has a real good laugh. This lawyer has been set up to take the fall and fall hard he did. That punch was thrown by all in the audience!
Mr. Deeds goes to Town
An touching and funny screwball comedy. Cooper recieved his first Oscar nomination as a small-town poet who inherits $20 million and wants to help farmers with it, Arthur does solid work as a reporter who warms up to his honesty. Capra won his second Best Director Oscar that for the most part doesn't become "Capra-corny." In short, a film that shows that it is possible to be happy without materialism. I give it a 4.5/5.
An excellent film
- Mr. Blandings
Longfellow is an odd fellow all right ... but then -- who isn't? Such is the point of the film. Cooper's speech at the end is hilarious and insightful and puts everyone in their place. Jean Arthur is wonderful as the supportive love interest.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
- Mark Sutch
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
- Jay Higgins
This is one of Frank Capra's best, and one of the best "feel good" films ever. The performances are outstanding, the writing sublime and one of the best classics ever. Delightful from start to finish.
I think this movie is great in relaying a message about where true happiness lies and shows money can buy happiness if it's used in the right way. Very heartwarming and a make you feel good film that send a positive message more important and true in today's world than when it was made over 70 years ago demonstrating some things may never change. After watching it you feel as if you have learned one of life's valuable lessons in wisdom.
This is easily one of Frank Capra's best films. In fact, it's my favourite. Gary Cooper is irrestible as the small town man, Mr. Deeds and so is his leading lady, the underrated Jean Arthur. There are plenty of memorable moments which will make you smile and some very tender ones as well. Highly recommended viewing!
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This is an excellent portrayal of small town/big city clashing! To say nothing of the personalities involved in this struggle!The acting is down to earth and for those of us who have come from the small town it is right on point.We look forward to this story each time it is presented - please join with us in this comedy/drama.