The Top 100 Inspirational Movies: 40 - 21
page 37 - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
An innocent tuba player and greeting-card poet from Mandrake Fall, Vermont
inherits 20 million during the Great Depression and is lured to New York City
by his uncle’s conniving attorney named Cedar. Longfellow Deeds is played by
Gary Cooper, who finds himself vulnerable to a female reporter, who masquerades
as a damsel in distress (Mary Dawson) to learn more about Deeds for a story. Cedar
starts to work on Deeds to attain power of attorney to cover up his mishandling
of his client’s money. Deeds sees through this, but falls in love with the
undercover reporter and ultimately sinks into despair after learning who she
really is. Meanwhile other relatives come together to take part in Deeds
fortune, including Cedar and his wife. They file in court that Deeds is insane
and can’t oversee his money. However, Deeds speaks up after learning that Mary
really loves. The judge dismisses the case and Deeds decides to use his fortune
to help the homeless. He donated farms to families to live on if they would
work the land.
~ Corine Gatti
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