The Magnificent Dope (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Magnificent Dope (1942)

The Magnificent Dope





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In this film, Dwight Dawson is the owner of a success school which isn't all that successful. Dawson's secretary-sweetheart suggests a publicity stunt which might improve business: if Dawson can make a success out of the laziest man in America, the world will beat a path to his door.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: George Seaton
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox


Henry Fonda
as Thadeus Winship 'Tad...
Don Ameche
as Dwight Dawson
Lynn Bari
as Claire Harris
Frank Orth
as Messenger
Roseanne Murray
as Dawson's Secretary
Josephine Whittell
as Mrs. Hunter
Arthur Loft
as Fire Engine Salesman
Harry Hayden
as Mitchell
Claire Du Brey
as Secretary
Gladys Blake
as Another Secretary
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News & Interviews for The Magnificent Dope

Critic Reviews for The Magnificent Dope

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

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

It's a dopey Capraesque comedy that is anything but magnificent.

Full Review… | June 21, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sempre o sujeito de bom caráter, Fonda cativa o espectador - mas a ingenuidade excessiva do filme acaba datando a produção.

January 22, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Magnificent Dope


Minor comedy in Fonda's career but a pleasing jaunty one.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


In a heavy handed bit of populist pandering the reliable Henry Fonda plays a small town chap unimpressed with big city ways and given to "common sense philosophizing". Don Ameche is a savvy big city entrepreneur who needs a simpleton to improve in order to make his fortune. And Lynn Bari (watching fame pass her by with a dubious script) is the big city girl in between the two. As Capra-esque as a film could be w/o Capra, you watch everything happen two scenes before it actually happens, its as predictable as that. Oh well.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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