Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1936Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by , from a story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 is gorgeous as an easygoing, normal fellow who has an entire fortune fall into his lap when a rich benefactor leaves him a sizable inheritance thanks to his being the benefactor’s only living relative (and a distant one at that). Being a man of the people, Cooper decides that the money will be better served if he gives it all to unemployed men living in Washington where his new mansion is, but he finds this difficult when evil suits decide to get in the way and take the estate away from him. is at her peak as a reporter who at first ridicules Cooper but ends up being completely romanced by his good nature. If you’ve seen one Capraesque political comedy, you’ve seen them all, but this one is so good that it’s worth watching with a fresh perspective.

Academy AwardBest Director (Frank Capra)
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Gary Cooper); Best Screenplay; Best Sound Recording

Venice Film Festival: In Competition


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