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Unable to drum up interest in his self-improvement courses, Dwight Dawson (Don Ameche) and his press agent fiancée, Claire Harris (Lynn Bari), concoct a contest to locate America's biggest failure. Winner Tad Page (Henry Fonda), who only entered to get the money for a new fire engine for his tiny Vermont hometown, turns out to be perfectly happy with his stress-free life -- but when he falls for Claire, Tad goes along with Dwight's attempts to turn him into an ambitious Manhattan go-getter.

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Audience Reviews for The Magnificent Dope

  • Dec 26, 2015
    Minor comedy in Fonda's career but a pleasing jaunty one.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2015
    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.
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