90 Days of Oscar Nominees #88 – Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 88th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“People here are funny. They work so hard at living they forget how to live. ” – Longfellow Deeds

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 1 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A small town simple man inherits a fortune from his uncle and must try to deal with the people who try to take the money out from under him.

My Take on it – All of Frank Capra’s films have a certain quality about them that make them timeless eventhough most of them were made for a particular message at a significant time in history.

Most of his films deal with a similar theme of a “common man” having to deal with extraordinary issues against the system.

Gary Cooper is great in the lead role and gives one of his first amazing performances as a working man who inherits a firtune and must find a way to navigate among the wealthy and powerful who will do all they can to take the money and use it for their own purposes.

Cooper was nominated for his first pf 5 Oscar bids for Best Actor, but didn’t manage to win fro this film.

Jena Arthur is great as a spunky reporter who goes undercover in Cooper’s life in order to find out who he really is deep down.

The two of them have great chemistry together and that helps make the film even more interesting to watch.

Capra won his second Best Director Oscar for this film which shows how much respect his peers had for him and his work at that time.

The film was made at a particular point in time to be as effective as possible because it deals with the difficulties people needed to face during The Depression Era.

The irony of it all is that the story itself remains timeless and could be effective in any time period because its story is so poignant and meaningful.

Bottom Line – Very well done film by Capra that includes his usual message about the “common man” versus the system. Cooper and Arthur have great chemistry together and make the story even more interesting to follow. Capra won his second Best Director Oscar for this film.  Such a timely film during the Depression Era to show how the “common man” would try and use wealth to help his fellow man instead of only wanting to exploit them. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie marks the entry of the verb doodle (in the sense of absent-minded scribbling) into the English language. The word was coined for the movie by screenwriter Robert Riskin. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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