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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

"Playing the part as if born to it, Cooper is at the top of his game, imbuing Deeds with just the right blend of empathy and intelligence."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"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
"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
"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)
"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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