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)