NYC pollster James Stewart discovers the "mathematical miracle" of Grandview, an all-American town so perfectly typical that all of his polling there accurately reflects the national averages. Stewart and his associates Ned Sparks and Donald Meek go undercover as insurance salesmen in order to surreptitiously conduct their surveys. But when Stewart gets wind of local newspaperwoman Jane Wyman's proposal to build a new civic center and expanded infrastructure for the town, he fears it will ruin the town's "averageness," and his access to trusty data. So Stewart campaigns against Wyman's progressivism, hoping to keep the town just as it is. As Stewart and Wyman match wits, they are soon falling in love in Robert Riskin and William A. Wellman's effervescent political fable. DIR/PROD William A. Wellman; SCR/PROD Robert Riskin, from a story by Joseph Krumgold. U.S., 1947, b&w, 103 min. NOT RATED
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