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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
When a car crash ends the life of a fabulously wealthy patron of the arts, the decedent's $20,000,000 fortune is inherited by one Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) of Mandrake Falls, Vermont. Already a reasonably successful local businessman, Deeds doesn't really feel the need for anything extra in his life: he just wants enough time to practice his tuba and compose greeting-card doggerel. When Deeds is convinced to move to New York, hard-boiled newspaper reporter Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur) is dispatched to get the inside scoop on "The Cinderella Man." Babe's stories of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Deeds is really a very intelligent and beautiful affair, a film no less charming than Mr. Capra's It Happened One Night at the same time that it is definitely more profound."
‑ Mark Van Doren, The Nation
"A wonderful Capra vehicle; Cooper is superb; Arthur luminous. A comic movie with heart and a point to make. True Capra-corn, and that is not a criticism. A fine example of populist art."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The tedium of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town outweighs its message of freedom and charity."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Snappy lines, stellar performances, Capra classic."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"Essential Capra and one of his best. Cooper and Arthur are luminous."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Here is a shamelessly simple story with a populist point of view, but it is handled with such charm and charisma and acted so well by Cooper and Arthur that it became another Frank Capra classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Capra advocates populism and egalitarianism, underlined by values of Christianity. For him, every person is "God's creation" in his/her own right, evert person possesses some talent and should do his/her best with that gift."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's tough enough to film a credible morality play without being laughed out of town. It's altogether mind boggling to do so and provide a grade A romantic comedy to boot."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) is another lighthearted classic Frank Capra screwball romantic-comedy regarding the broader philosophical themes of individual innocence"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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