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Mr Deeds Goes to Town [VHS]


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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Writers: Clarence Budington Kelland, Robert Riskin
  • Producers: Frank Capra
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Uca
  • VHS Release Date: 7 April 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJKD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,039 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Frank Capra classic, which earned the director an Oscar. When Vermont poet Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) inherits a fortune from his uncle, he sets off for New York to take over his new business empire. Newspaper editor MacWade (George Bancroft), believing the naive and trusting Deeds to be too good to be true, assigns reporter Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur) to dig up the dirt on him. Babe inveigles her way into Deeds' confidence by staging a fainting fit in front of his mansion, but despite her best efforts finds him to be nothing other than a gentleman. Others, however, are determined to prove that Deeds is not fit for his new fortune, and a court case ensues.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 15 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
It was in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town that Frank Capra perfected the blend of comedy and social commentary that would become his trademark. The screwball comedy was graceful rather than frantic and the social elements of Robert Riskin's fine screenplay are handled in an even-handed manner that earned Capra the second of his three Acadamy Awards for Best Director. Both Gary Cooper as the tuba playing no nonsense Longfellow Deeds and Jean Arthur as the reporter who exploits him until she falls for his goodness are wonderful in this true Capra classic.
Longfellow Deeds (Cooper) lives in the small town of Mandrake Falls where he makes a living writing greeting card poems and spends his free time playing the tuba. He is less than enthused when a bunch of big city attorneys show up at his door to tell him he has just inherited 20 million dollars from a relative he never met. The law firm of Cedar, Cedar, Cedar and Budington just want him to sign over his power of attorney and Deeds goes to the city with them mainly so he can get a look at Grant's Tomb.
Deeds is honest and good but no pushover and his initial reluctance about the situation proves wise as everyone wants to mooch off of Deeds and make a fool of him at the same time. Deeds gives as good as he gets and wins over the crusty Cornelius Cobb (Lionell Stander) to his way of doing things but can't get around the way a certain Louise Bennet is mocking his every escapade in the papers, making him look a fool and a country bumpkin.
But Deeds knows it doesn't matter when he meets the sweet Mary Dawson (Jean Arthur), a lady in distress who becomes his constant companion. Deeds no longer has to go off by himself like he did back home and talk to an imaginary girl because his dream girl has finally appeared for real.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 6 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
It was in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town that Frank Capra perfected the blend of comedy and social commentary that would become his trademark. The screwball comedy was graceful rather than frantic and the social elements of Robert Riskin's fine screenplay are handled in an even-handed manner that earned Capra the second of his three Acadamy Awards for Best Director. Both Gary Cooper as the tuba playing no nonsense Longfellow Deeds and Jean Arthur as the reporter who exploits him until she falls for his goodness are wonderful in this true Capra classic.
Longfellow Deeds (Cooper) lives in the small town of Mandrake Falls where he makes a living writing greeting card poems and spends his free time playing the tuba. He is less than enthused when a bunch of big city attorneys show up at his door to tell him he has just inherited 20 million dollars from a relative he never met. The law firm of Cedar, Cedar, Cedar and Budington just want him to sign over his power of attorney and Deeds goes to the city with them mainly so he can get a look at Grant's Tomb.
Deeds is honest and good but no pushover and his initial reluctance about the situation proves wise as everyone wants to mooch off of Deeds and make a fool of him at the same time. Deeds gives as good as he gets and wins over the crusty Cornelius Cobb (Lionell Stander) to his way of doing things but can't get around the way a certain Louise Bennet is mocking his every escapade in the papers, making him look a fool and a country bumpkin.
But Deeds knows it doesn't matter when he meets the sweet Mary Dawson (Jean Arthur), a lady in distress who becomes his constant companion. Deeds no longer has to go off by himself like he did back home and talk to an imaginary girl because his dream girl has finally appeared for real.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ruth B on 13 July 2010
Format: DVD
All I can add to these reviews here is my enthusiasm for the film. I can watch it over and over again.
Gary Cooper is brilliant as a not-so-dumb country 'bumpkin' and I feel very happy to have been introduced to Jean Arthur.
The story is perfect and the supporting cast are priceless.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Sep 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Frank Capra doesn't fail to disappoint in yet another of his warm and fuzzy films. I saw this for the first time when I was a little girl and ever since then I have been looking for it to reappear on the shelves. It truly is a film that takes you through every emotion, I laughed, I cried and I even shouted things at the TV. The film is full of magical moments and it really does give me faith that there is good will out there.
Plus, Gary Cooper is really yummy!!!!!
Definitely worth a watch, and you'll probably be playing it every single holiday season, just to get you in the spirit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"They created a lot of grand palaces here, but they forgot to create noblemen to put in them"

Has simplicity of story ever been so grand as it is here? Director Frank Capra manages to turn a simple tale of a rural man coming into big money, into a charismatic uplifting lesson to generations past and present. There are no sheep around here for the makers to extract wool from to pull over our eyes, they don't need too, for it is just a plain and honest story to gladden even the hardest of hearts. It's a journey that tickles you pink and then stops you in your tracks with a swift turn of events, it then gives you tension, frustrating pain in the ass tension, and then? Well it's into the delightful realm of Capra.

The direction is flawless, I honestly can't find anything wrong here even if it was my wish to do so, the acting is actually to die for. Gary Cooper is simply brilliant in the title role, he takes you with him on his journey from the easy going rural chap at the start of the film-to the quite emotive and strong man coming alive for the finale. Cooper was a class act when playing men with high moral fibre, such is the case here, he layers Deeds with conviction, witness a tonal shift in the film that brings his world crashing down, the grief on Cooper's face has the viewer ready to fight the world for him. Then there's the entire court room sequences as he sits there acting only with expressions, it's special I tell you.
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