When a car crash ends the life of a fabulously wealthy patron of the arts, the decedent’s $20,000,000 fortune is inherited by one Longfellow Deeds. When Deeds is convinced to move to New York, hard-boiled newspaper reporter Babe Bennett is dispatched to get the inside scoop on “The Cinderella Man”.
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Jesus, am I kicking myself for not seeing this sooner! Like any great Frank Capra movie it left me doing 3 things by the end: It left me reasonably misty, it made me clap and it restored my faith in humanity for now. It also made a Gary Cooper fan out of me despite the fact that I love several of his movies already. Worth pushing further up the list if you've been meaning to see it.
Cinematography by Joseph Walker. "Desire" list: Gary Cooper, again and again (but Jean Arthur is so great!).
" (...) There is no endowment in man or woman that is not tallied /in you,/There is no virtue, no beauty in man or woman, but as good /is in you,/No pluck, no endurance in others, but as good is in you,/No pleasure waiting for others, but an equal pleasure waits /for you. (...)." (Walt Whitman)
Thank goodness it is goofy Gary Cooper and not square and sinister Jimmy Stewart in this one, because Gary Cooper isn't so desperate to be liked. Lionel Stander really steals the show here as the dutiful deliverer of quips. There is a really nice shot in the train to New York scene of Deeds, Deeds's tuba, and a bowl of fruit in front of a window-view of some beautiful rear projection - will stick with me