Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

  • Gary Cooper: Longfellow Deeds
  • Jean Arthur: Louise "Babe" Bennett
  • George Bancroft: MacWade
  • Douglass Dumbrille: John Cedar
  • Raymond Walburn: Walter
  • H. B. Warner: Judge May
  • Ruth Donnelly: Mabel Dawson
  • Walter Catlett: Morrow
  • John Wray: Bauer

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is an American comedy film directed by Frank Capra in 1936, the Hat on the short story by Clarence Budington Kelland Opera is based.


The banker Martin Semple arrives in Italy in a car accident. An heir must be identified, however, should not look into the books in which there are probably some inconsistencies. As the heir Longfellow Deeds is specified, a simple luck card poet from a small town in Vermont. The lawyers hope that Deeds is impressed by the big city so that he puts everything into her hands. But that they might have hoped wrong. The Butler and Walter Semple's friend, the hard-hitting journalist Cornelius Cobb, Deeds trying to convey "real life".

Meanwhile, makes "Babe" Bennett, star reporter of a rival newspaper, approached by a trick of the millions heirs so as to come to cover stories. She accompanies him to a well-known literary restaurant where the two get to know each. National Rail -known poets and writers who ask Mr. Deeds to their table in order to make fun of his postcard poems. When he realizes this, he gets angry and beats up the bullies. One of the poets is so pleased that he invites Deeds to a binge, during which this makes the craziest things in a drunken state, including he feeds on a road crossing a horse with donuts.

The reporter, meanwhile, has quartered under a false name with a friend, so they can not be unmasked by Cobb. Your article in which Mr. Deeds is mocked as Cinderella man, a strong appeal and encounter the person concerned to angry rejection. But in the meantime, the hopelessly in love with the beautiful lady press because she knows how to give yourself as much as he has always wanted from a woman.

He writes a heart-rending poem for her and confesses his love therein. Then she gets serious remorse and can no longer continue their job. After all, she is extremely fond of this unusual man. So she announces at the newspaper and can invite him home for dinner. While Mr. Deeds is happy as a little boy on the appointment, Cobb discovers the true identity of Mr. Deeds great love. He calls them and when they can not refute his allegation that he is so deeply affected that he decides to go back home and give away his fortune to an unemployed farmer. He buys a bigger piece of arable land, and creates the basis for 2000 Bauer places.

When he is about to sift the candidates for this, he was arrested under the pretext of being mentally ill and to squander his fortune. Because now the law of his deceased uncle, who had waited in vain for the confirmation of the old General Power of Attorney, another relative of the dead man has been identified, for which he now wants to impose a share of the inheritance. Because a lot of money would fall for him and his law firm here, he has spared no expense has been spared to achieve in a public process that Mr. Deeds is incapacitated.

This is first sent to a mental asylum, where he sits against an investigation into the military and want to see up on Cobb no more people, let alone Louise Bennet. Then it comes to the big showdown in the form of a typical American trial. The hall is packed with witnesses, has summoned the lawyer, Mr. Cedar, and with farmers who Mr. Deeds fingers crossed. Deeds, however, has involved not own lawyer and he refuses to talk, Mr. Cedar can do his first full program.

To let Mr. Deeds appear as crazy, he can even bring two old ladies approach from its origin as well as a Viennese psychology professor. All have to testify, the holder of the " donut " - horse, the police officer, Mr. Deeds had delivered at home after booze cruise in underpants and the head waiter from the literati restaurant. Even Louise is called to the witness stand, but when she tried to defend the " accused " of emotions, you cut off the judge the word. Yet she struggles again to Mr. Deeds and when she is asked if she loved him - the lawyer wants to lure their bias - she screams it out.

And that's the initial spark for Deeds. Now he is asking the judge politely for the word and brings out a brilliant defense speech. He makes it clear that in fact every person develops any crazy properties if he wants to concentrate or under pressure. The one painted on the note the "O" s from, such as the judge, another distinguished Drudel, again a shrug of the nose or puts on his knuckles. In an interview with the two old ladies who live rent free for ages in a house of Mr. Deeds, it turns out that they basically keep everyone crazy - except itself

The crowd is cheering and rooting for the speaker, as he explains why he wanted to give all the money to the farmers. Finally he sends Mr. Cedar with a uppercut on the boards. The court retires for deliberation, the voltage rises and proclaimed as the judge ruled that Mr. Deeds is probably the only sane person in the whole room was, there is no stopping it. The farmers carry their benefactor out on their shoulders to the door. Just Louise and the two old ladies sit still there, it can no longer hold back the tears. But then, Mr. Deeds, who has freed himself of his admirers, re-enter, Louise takes on the arm and gives her a long kiss - happy ending is perfect.


Columbia and Capra planned to make a sequel with Cooper and Arthur. This should be after the story "The Gentleman from Wyoming " by Lewis Foster " Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington " hot. 1939 Capra directed then Mr. Smith Goes to Washington starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur.

By 1972, Jean Arthur had not seen the final version of the film. She looked at him with Capra as a guest of film festivals.

In order to be able to have Gary Cooper in the title role, Capra had to wait six months shooting will start until Cooper had fulfilled its contractual obligations.

The film cost the then colossal sum of $ 800,000. Of which had to be raised $ 100,000 for the semi-annual delay.

The late 1960s, a TV series titled Mr. Deeds Goes To Town was produced by Columbia Pictures. In 2002, the material under the title Mr. Deeds was remade.


The filmdienst celebrated Capra's directing work as " an amiable, optimistic comedy about the ' pure fool ' in the fight against the established powers ." In Mr. Deeds Goes to Town came the " satirical tips ", especially in the dialogue to bear.