Magic Town
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With Robert Riskin as screenwriter, director William Wellman proved in Magic Town that it was possible to make a Frank Capra-esque picture without Capra himself at the helm. James Stewart plays Rip Smith, a cynical pollster who comes across a small American town named Grandview, which represents a "perfect" balance of ethnic types, professions, political beliefs, and personal opinions (a parody of the then-current "Middletown" study). Smith publicizes this discovery, leading to a barrage of media attention and an onslaught of get-rich-quick entrepreneurs. Not surprisingly,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A dated satire on pollsters, that lacks an edge."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Interesting comedy take on radio giveaway shows."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Miscast director bogged in a sappy movie."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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