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American Madness (1932)

American Madness





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This Frank Capra drama centers on a socially-conscious banker who, during the Depression, has been loaning money to depositors who have insufficient collateral. This gets him into trouble with his board of directors who wonder about his ulterior motives.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Riskin
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Kay Johnson
as Mrs. Dickson
Robert Ellis
as Dude Finlay
Jeanne Sorel
as Cluett's secretary
Robert E. O'Connor
as The Inspector
Pat O'Malley
as Doctor Strong
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Critic Reviews for American Madness

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A forceful tale for the New Deal just around the corner

Full Review… | December 26, 2014

Though preachy, Capra's film zips along at breakneck speed and always pleases.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Early Capra has the extra bonus of documenting its time.

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for American Madness

[font=Century Gothic]In "American Madness," the board of directors of the Union National Bank are trying to foist a merger on the bank president George Dickson(Walter Huston), fearing a lack of funds. Dickson flatly refuses, saying that money is badly needed to be in circulation to keep businesses running which keep the economy healthy.(Sound familiar anyone?) For men like Dickson, it is a matter of faith which he has also shown in hiring men like Matt Brown(Pat O'Brien) who has a criminal record. At the same time, one of his other employees, Cluett(Gavin Gordon), has developed a serious gambling problem and gotten in desperate trouble with some gangsters. Dickson's dedication to his bank is admirable but it is constantly frustrating for his wife(Kay Johnson) who is afraid he may have forgotten their anniversary again.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"American Madness" is a breezy and fast-talking movie that a like a lot of Frank Capra's other movies is couched in a very civic minded message that asks the public to be calm and to have faith in troubled times, because there are plenty of good men like George Dickson out there. Except this is one of Capra's better films with a climax that has to be seen to be believed.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


good stuff 4/6/11 re-watch this early capra post it happened one night follows with a light drama that moves along capra style


A film that shows our current banking situation is nothing new. A well made film that shows the skill of Frank Capra as a director.

Eddie Papetti

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