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People here are funny. They work so hard at living they forget how to live.
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town is a 1936 classic film directed by Frank Capra, which won him the second of three Oscars. It stars Gary Cooper as Longfellow Deeds, a smalltown tuba player who is suddenly left a massive fortune by his rich uncle. He moves to the big city, where everyone wants a piece of his fortune. Intrepid Reporter Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur) meets Longfellow, initially exploiting his simpleness to advance her journalistic career but gradually finding herself falling for him. However, it's the Deeds family attorney, the scheming Mr. Cedar, whose greed will provide the biggest obstacle for Mr Deeds.
This work features examples of:
- Cloudcuckoolander: Deeds can act like this sometimes. Some of the poeple from town qualify as well.
- Country Mouse: Longfellow.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Cedar
- Decoy Damsel: Babe first pretends to be a Damsel in Distress in order to meet Deeds.
- Disproportionate Reward
- Evil Is Petty
- Friend to All Living Things: Deeds
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: A conversation between a newspaper and his employees about "Dirty Plaster."
- Also the following exchange:
Deeds: Did you hear him? Talking about women as if they were cattle...
- Hidden Depths: Babe (and the audience) slowly begin to realise Deeds is not simply a naive hayseed. He quickly cottons to on to when he is being mocked by his fellow poets and shows himself to be a deep and rather eloquent thinker.
People here are funny. They work so hard at living - they forget how to live. Last night, after I left you, I was walking along and looking at the tall buildings and I got to thinking about what Thoreau said. They created a lot of grand palaces here - but they forgot to create the noblemen to put in them.
- Meaningful Name: Deeds, get it?
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Deeds is knocked out of his depressed stupor at the end of the movie when the prosecuting attorney forces Babe to admit she loves Deeds so he can treat her as a hostile witness.
- The Power of Friendship
- Quirky Townsfolk
- The Remake: The 2002 remake staring Adam Sandler of all people!
- The Roaring Twenties
- Rags to Riches
- Screwball Comedy
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man
- Throwing Out the Script: A Capra staple trope.
- Unexpected Inheritance