Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

When was the last time you saw a movie that had ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ as it’s theme song and took it seriously? The time was 1936 and you could sing that song without sounding cynical. Or so I believe now, nearly 70 years later. It seems, though, that people must have been equally cynical back then. Post-depression, between wars. However, if you’re Frank Capra, you could get away with it over and over as you pit the likes of Gary Cooper and James Stewart as small-town bumpkins against ‘the man’, the system. This time, it’s Gary Cooper who’s inherited a vast sum from his big city uncle and must deal with the pressures inherent of being a Frank Capra character. If you’ve seen the Adam Sandler version, you haven’t seen anything. The premise is same- however, in that version, the jokes are turned up and told twice for effect.

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