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When a small-town idealist (*Gary Cooper*) goes to New York to collect a twenty million dollar inheritance, he finds romance with a wisecracking journalist (*Jean Arthur*), becomes the target of ruthless businessmen and relatives, and finally decides to give his fortune away because it's so much trouble.
This milestone film is one of the most charming and best-loved romantic comedies ever made and won an Oscar and #174; in 1936 for Best Director (Frank Capra).
Also stars *George Bancroft*, *H.B. Warner* and *Lionel Stander*.
Bonus features include an interview with Frank Capra Jr., audio commentary by Frank Capra Jr., vintage advertising, bonus theatrical trailers, filmographies and more.
Audio is in English and Spanish with subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai.
Approximate total running time is 1 hour 55 minutes.
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
Director Frank Capra's work doesn't hold up as well today as some of his contemporaries' because of his habit of over-inflating his scripts. Read morePublished on July 11 2004
This is a great movie. The Adam Sandler version might be funnier in a silly, mindless way, but this movie makes a point that too many people forget. Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by James Roberts
...But today I found it as bland as a glass of water, however not pure or refreshing. In fact reading a dull, damp B&W newspaper is just as entertaining and very similar. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Moviebuffer101
This kind of social comedy, with its naive eulogy of the simple man, the inocent farmers and the small american town, just gives me the creeps. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002
This original film opened in 1936, starring Gary Cooper a country bumpkin from an obscure new England town, who has just found out he is the beneficiary of a fortune, left to him... Read morePublished on July 30 2002 by Denise Bentley
When I heard that a remake was being made of this movie, I was totally outraged. Remakes are made for three reasons, in my opinion: a director sees a good concept that is carried... Read morePublished on July 12 2002 by ehakus
Even after retiring from showbiz, Frank Capra remained a very popular director until his death in 1991. Read morePublished on July 11 2002 by "weirdo_87"