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December 2, 2016
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a pretty standard Frank Capra film. It's a simple story with likeable characters and an obvious moral of the story. Gary Cooper does a swell job of portraying Longfellow Deeds and Jean Arthur is absolutely charming. This is definitely more serious than the 2002 remake, but it's a well-made movie with plenty of heart.
½ August 24, 2016
Immensely charming, funny and at times even hilarious, heartwarming and wonderfully inspirational and optimistic, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is predictable and it lacks a unifying structure, but the direction from Frank Capra is expectedly stellar and the performances from Jean Arthur and Gary Cooper are phenomenal and he in particular shamefully lost at the Oscars as his performance here is just amazing. The film has such a strong humor, especially in those courtroom scenes, the romance is so good and the film is touching and just beautiful.
½ July 13, 2016
"He's still pixilated! He sure is!"
½ May 27, 2016
Good movie, but does the thing I hate when old movies do which is the third act of it is a fucking long af courtroom scene. I hate that fucking shit. So many good movies get ruined by that. But anyway, it's still good.
May 17, 2016
A bit long and boring. Its def better than the new mr deeds in its originality and more genuine in acting and character, but moves slow. I already knew some of the plot from the new movie so that didnt help the pace. I thought the whole court case was so unbelievable and flimsily founded. What i liked was the humor and the sincerity of mr deeds who is a gem of a character. The screenplay was also well done.
½ April 6, 2016
Frank Capra spins another heartwarming yarn while Gary Cooper channels his inner child in "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town," an interesting take on the fish out of water story with a killer, left-turn of a third act. It may not have as many jokes per page as the 2002 remake "Mr. Deeds," but the narrative spine and thematic footing of this piece is just too strong to ignore. Frank Capra and screenwriter Robert Riskin still seem to possess the clear winner of the two "Deeds" films with this 1936 smirker.
October 12, 2015
Now I've seen everything.

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."

Grade: B
½ September 23, 2015
A big-hearted small-towner takes New York by storm when he inherits twenty million dollars. When greedy vultures dampen his faith in humanity, he proceeds to give his fortune away to displaced farmers, leading to an insanity trial. This Frank Capra screwball comedy has big heart & big laughs.
September 15, 2015
Gary Cooper's performance is the celebration of the human spirit pursuing happiness and maintaining itself while fighting off the corruption within cynicism, and also draw in some laughs to help the spirit. (B+)

(Full review coming soon)
September 1, 2015
Mr Deeds 1936

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.
June 20, 2015
A feel good nice man inheriting a fortune only to redistribute it to the poor. It had its cute and witty moments, but ultimately fell short of greatness.
½ April 4, 2015
classic Frank Capra movie about a small town man who inherits a fortune and decides to give it away. Great performances by Cooper and Arthur.
April 1, 2015
Starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. Cooper is excellent as the loveable bumpkin Longfellow Deeds, who inherits a fortune and is declared insane when he decides to donate his millions to charity. This marked a change in the kind of films director Frank Capra made, the first time he tried to make a social statement. He would later revisit this film's theme of individuality in a conformist society in such films as "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Meet John Doe," and most famously in "It's a Wonderful Life."
February 22, 2015
A cynical girl in wide-eyed awe of a simple man's patriotic idealism. Standard Capra fare. Yet always compelling. At first, I thought it would be another run of the mill studio production. But this film grew on me more & more as it went along, to the point where my emotional investment in the story was complete. It has more heart than a lot of similar projects. Capra succeeds drawing us in to the characters he's presenting, & allowing the viewers the opportunity to see themselves reflected in Deeds' every-man.
The leads are wonderful together. Magnificent script! Cooper is stellar, as always. He gives the grandest, average common-man speeches. Arthur is at her best, as well. And look for a young, pre-Hart to Hart Lionel Stander!

A story of an ordinary man in an anything but ordinary film.
"You've been making love to a double dose of cyanide!"
January 27, 2015
This is the kind of film that makes me want to be a better human. Gary Cooper is an inspiration.
January 18, 2015
Maravillosa historia.
December 6, 2014
Gary Cooper is happy in his small town, until he inherits millions from a relative he hardly knew. Directed by Frank Capra, with the great Jean Arthur. Inspirational and memorable.
½ August 17, 2014
A misfire from Frank Capra. It is not as heartwarming as people say. (First and only viewing - 3/10/2010)
½ June 29, 2014
Frighteningly ahead of its time. Rousing and extraordinary. 9/10.
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