in about 100 words or less
US 115m, B&W
Director: Frank Capra; Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander,
Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a warmhearted classic Capra film with a good sense of humor about a most likeable guy from a small town who inherits twenty million dollars from an uncle that he barely knew. Relying on his rural common sense and his training as a greeting author, Longfellow Deeds becomes a fish out of water when he relocates to New York City and becomes known as “Cinderella Man” in the popular press. Regardless of the improbability of the situation, which includes a kangaroo court that is to determine whether he is “pixilated”, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a charming film which advances the ideals of integrity and honesty of working class people who were challenged by the Great Depression (Klaus Ming January 2013).