Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Reviews
Frank Capra must have had the most simplistic ideas about wealth and morality. Between this film and You Can't Take It with You, Capra's economic philosophy must begin and end with "Money makes you bad." This is not to say that Capra believes money is corrupting force, but to say that Capra's films imply that anyone pursuing wealth must do so at the expense of his/her soul. But even Capra's construction of the "everyman" is problematic because Gary Cooper's character, while basically decent, is a bit of an asshole. He goes around punching people or threatening violence because he believes a good swift knock is the best way to clean someone's clock. Mr. Deeds might be a swell guy, but by golly, don't cross him.
Overall, Capra, one of Hollywood's classic filmmakers, is overrated
A really funny, touching and surprising film that just makes you smile! One of Capra's best.
Does anyone think Daniel Craig stole his DNA from Gary Cooper?
Longfellow Deeds is a simple Vermont small time card writer and local good guy. He inherits $20 million dollars from a family member and is quickly swarmed by those who hope to ruin his name and extort his money. A journalist assigned to report on him initially hopes to post slander on Deeds and then falls in love.
"Oh, you're drunk."
"Oh, you're right."
Frank Capra, director of It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It Happened One Night, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Lost Horizon, delivers Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. The storyline for this picture is interesting and contains a wonderfully written and executed main character. The acting is awesome and the cast includes Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, and Lionel Stander.
"Never get your hopes up again."
I came across this Gary Cooper classic on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. This was very well done; and while at times Cooper could be annoying, the overall script, character, and plot came together well. I recommend giving this a viewing if you enjoy classic tales.
"You'll find the smelling salts in the medicine chest."
(Full review coming soon)
Powerful scene was when guy who was a farmer and lost his job comes downstairs to yell at Mr. Deeds for spending money wrong for parties.
It was powerful after he had been betrayed by girlfriend reporter.
Powerful, funny, and real. There is an honest sensarity.
I like the lighting, siliuets and of scenes.
Mr. Deeds sanity is in question because of his caring, generosity and givingness.
Think That the body expressions are very well done by Mr. Deeds. Smallest micro-expressions tell a lot. Slightest smile, hands over mouth, eye contact.
It does not require
Silence was a big deal in the court scene.
Funny and sad when everyone in the court interrupted to protect and defend Mr. Deeds position in the court.
This film invented the terms doodle & pixelated to be brought up in films. Do silly things contemplate and think.
John Wray as farmer.
Longfellow Deed's by Gary Cooper.
Frank Capra picture.
Frank Capra did a great job on this film.
It is a film that can make you cry.
The movie is perfectly fine until you get to the ending! [Spoiler Alert] When they haul Gary Cooper into court because he is supposedly crazy for giving away his money is just plain dumb! It sets up an impossibly silly and cornball ending that undoes whatever good qualities this movie has.
I have always thought that Frank Capra is an acquired taste, and this movie proves it!