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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Not Rated
115 minutes
Comedy Romance
1936

Frank Capra won his second Oscar® for this warm, insightful comedy about Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), a small-town joe who inherits $20,000,000 and decides *gasp* to give it all away to poor people. Naturally, everyone assumes he's nuts and immediately sets to work on A) having him committed and B) prying all that loot away from him. Jean Arthur cemented her stardom as the big-city reporter who smells a scoop but eventually sees things his way. Capra assembled his usual sterling supporting cast: Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille, George Bancroft, Raymond Walburn, Walter Catlett, H.B. Warner, and of course, screenwriter Robert Riskin, whose deft use of the term "pixilated" made it a household word. Decades later, it spawned a short-lived sitcom, and was remade in 2002 with Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder.

Cast
Gary Cooper
Longfellow Deeds
Jean Arthur
Babe Bennett
George Bancroft
MacWade
Lionel Stander
Cornelius Cobb
Douglas Dumbrille
John Cedar
Raymond Walburn
Walter
H.B. Warner
Judge May
Ruth Donnelly
Mabel Dawson
Director
Frank Capra
Writer
Story by Clarence Budington Kelland; Screenplay by Robert Riskin
Producer
Frank Capra
Facts
Oscars© Directing
Country USA
Language English