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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, by Frank Capra

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, by Frank Capra

Synopsis of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Small-town innocent Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) heads to New York to collect a $20 million inheritance. There, he ends up a target of ridicule thanks to Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur). She’s a cynical reporter whose demeaning stories have made him the joke of the city. Then, he discovers his sweet and unassuming new girlfriend is actually the hard-boiled Bennett in disguise.

A disillusioned Deeds decides to give his fortune away. But that’s an act of charity his crooked lawyer will stop at nothing to prevent! Winner of the 1936 Academy Award® for Best Director Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is the quintessential screwball comedy.

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Five Star Final, starring Edward G. Robinson and Boris Karloff

Five Star Final

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Five Star Final (1931) starring Edward G. Robinson, Boris Karloff, directed by Mervyn LeRoy

buy-from-amazon  Five Star Final is a film that stands out primarily due to a great performance by Edward G. Robinson, who plays the part of newspaper editor Joe Randall, who is being pressured by his boss to increase the news circulation by running some sensationalistic news stories. Against his better judgement, he does so — and digs out the decades-old story of a convicted murderess, Nancy Voorhees (played well by  Frances Starr) — the murder was actually a justifiable homicide, but that doesn’t sell newspapers. In the intervening time, Voorhees has lived quietly, married and changed her last name, and raised a daughter — who is about to be married.

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