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Still shot from the movie: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Gary Cooper stars as Longfellow Deeds, a simple man who inherits an enormous estate from an estranged relative. When he is forced to "go to town" to manage the his new business affairs, their are many ready to take advantage of the country bumpkin, including a shrewd journalist (Jean Arthur). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 116
Theater Release: 12 Apr 1936
Video Release: 09 Dec 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Jean Arthur’s character is nicknamed “Babe”. What does this moniker say about changes in political correctness? What other portrayals in this film show differences in our social climate?

Patriotism and the plight of the common man are recurring themes in Frank Capra films. What does he include in this movie to make those points?

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