Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

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. When Deeds is convinced to move to New York, hard-boiled newspaper reporter Babe Bennett… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 12, 1936
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town features a pair of great performances from Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, and a story that is partially compelling, but it's ultimately let down by an overlong runtime that the film isn't able to sustain.

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Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

Snappy lines, stellar performances, Capra classic.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Essential Capra and one of his best. Cooper and Arthur are luminous.

Dan Jardine

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Brad Laidman
Film Threat

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.

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Mark Van Doren
The Nation

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.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

Christopher Null

The tedium of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town outweighs its message of freedom and charity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An "everyman" inherits a fortune but is surprised by the culture of his upper class peers. Frank Capra must have had the most simplistic ideas… More
Jameson Worley
What a great classic film! Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur are absolutely perfect!
Graham Jones
Another inspiring tale from the master. Gary Cooper is brilliant.
Aj V
If you've seen Mr. Deeds, the one with Sandler, you should really see the original movie with Cooper. Arthur is such a great actress, and she's great… More
Michael Gildea
God, I loved this movie! Not only is Mr. Deeds Goes to Town yet another of Frank Capra's best works but it manages to do what every other great Frank Capra… More
Ken Stachnik
So much better then I was expecting! A really funny, touching and surprising film that just makes you smile! One of Capra's best. Does anyone think… More

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