Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

DVD review from The Movie Snob

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (C+). This is my second sampling from the Frank Capra Collection. Gary Cooper (High Noon) stars as Longfellow Deeds, a small-town New Englander who writes verses for greeting cards for a living and plays a tuba in the town band. He unexpectedly inherits $20 million and moves to New York City, where his newfound wealth and small-town ways (like punching people who offend him) attract the attention of the press. Jean Arthur (Shane) plays a newspaper reporter who pretends to be a down-on-her-luck stenographer to get close to Deeds and feed his antics to the papers. Naturally, they fall for each other, causing complications. Not a bad story, and I liked the way the Capra makes Deeds out to be a simple fellow but not a simpleton. But it’s a little long, and there’s a courtroom scene at the end that goes on way too long.


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