Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a charming Frank Capra picture about a small-town, bo-dunk chap who comes into a huge inheritance and heads out to the Big Apple to experience the high life for himself. Starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, it is a simple tale, and one that works very effectively thanks to its construction.
There is charm and humor abound in this film, which works hard to endear itself to the audience and succeeds beautifully. Gary Cooper’s Longfellow Deeds is a humble and well-meaning bloke, who really doesn’t seem to have any flaws, which can be annoying to some moviegoers, and Jean Arthur’s Babe Bennett is a wily and conniving reporter, before she finally falls for the lovable Deeds and slowly worms her way into his heart, and ours. The film becomes a trial for Deeds and his supporters, rather than a character study of the man and his fish-out-of-water experiences in New York, though plenty is devoted initially to the matter. Regardless, it works at what it tries to do.
This is a film that has everything it offers on the cover, so you know exactly what you’ll get when you dive into it. Nevertheless, it is still an incredibly endearing film, albeit one that may overstay its welcome somewhat. Ultimately, I think you’ll be pleased with what this one has to offer.
Arbitrary Rating: 8/10