MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (1936)
Gary Cooper is Longfellow Deeds, an unassuming man-child in Mandrake Falls, Vermont, who finds himself at the center of a media storm when he inherits a fortune. Whisked off to New York City, he's beset by scheming lawyers and scandal-mongering journalists — including Jean Arthur as broadsheet columnist Babe Bennett, undercover as meek Mary Dawson to get close to Deeds and dig up some dirt. Shaken by the city slickers' mean spirits, greed and duplicity, Deeds' decency, horse sense and homespun homilies carry the day. The second of Frank Capra's three Best Director Oscars®. DIR/PROD Frank Capra; SCR Robert Riskin, from the story by Clarence Budington Kelland. U.S., 1936, b&w, 115 min. NOT RATED
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