Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a 1936 American comedy film directed by Frank Copra, based on the story Opera Hat by Clarence Budington Kelland that appeared in serial from in the Saturday Evening Post. It stars Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur in her first featured role. The screenplay was written by Kelland and Robert Riskin in his fifth collaboration with Capra.


[Deeds and attorney Cedar shake hands in parting]

Longfellow: Even his hands are oily.

Longfellow: He talks about women as if they were cattle.
Walter: Every man to his taste, sir.
Longfellow: Tell me, Walter. Are all these stories I hear about my uncle true?
Walter: Well, sir. He sometimes had as many as 20 in the house at the same time.
Longfellow: 20! What did he do with them?
Walter: That is something I was never able to find out, sir.

Longfellow: People here are funny. They work so hard at living they forget how to live.

Longfellow: When the servant comes in, Mr. Hallor, I'm going to ask him to show you to the door. Many people don't know where it is.

[two shy sisters testify at Deeds' sanity hearing]

John: Do you know the defendant, Mr. Longfellow Deeds?

[long pause]

Jane: Oh, yes. Yes, of course we know him.
John: How long have you known him?

[Jane whispers to Amy; Amy whispers back]

Jane: Since he was born.
Amy: Yes, Elsie Taggart was the midwife.
Jane: He was a seven months' baby.
John: Thank you. That's, that's fine. Do you see him very often?

[Jane whispers to Amy; Amy whispers back]

Jane: Most every day.
Amy: Sometimes twice.
Judge May: Must we have the echo?
John: Suppose you just answer, Miss Jane. Now, will you tell the court what everybody at home thinks of Longfellow Deeds?

[pause; then Jane whispers to Amy; Amy whispers back]

Jane: They think he's pixilated.
Amy: Oh, yes. Pixilated.
Judge May: He's what?
John: What was that you said he was?
Jane: Pixilated.
Amy: Mm-hmm.
John: Now that's rather a strange word to us, Miss Jane. Can you tell the court exactly what it means?
Board member: Perhaps I can explain, your honor. The word "pixilated" is an early American expression derived from the word "pixies", meaning elves. They would say the pixies had got him. As we now a days would say, a man is "barmy".
Judge May: Oh, is that correct?
Jane: Mm-hmm.
Amy: Mm-hmm.

John: Your honor, what she is saying has no bearing on the case. I object!
Judge May: Let me speak!
Babe: I know why he won't defend himself! That has a bearing on the case, hasn't it? He's been hurt, he's been hurt by everybody he met since he came here, principally me. He's been the victim of every conniving crook in town. The newspapers pounced on him, made him a target for their feeble humor. I was smarter than the rest of them: I got closer to him, so I could laugh louder. Why shouldn't he keep quiet - every time he said anything, it was twisted around to sound imbecilic! He can thank me for it. I handed the gang a grand laugh. It's a fitting climax to my sense of humor.
John: Why, your honor? This is preposterous.
Babe: Certainly I wrote those articles. I was going to get a raise, a month's vacation. But I stopped writing them when I found out what he was all about, when I realized how real he was. He could never fit in with our distorted viewpoint. Because he's honest, and sincere, and good. If that man's crazy, your honor, the rest of us belong in straitjackets!
John: Your honor, this is absurd. The woman's obviously in love with him.
Babe: What's that got to do with it?
John: Well, you are in love with him. Aren't you?
Babe: What's that got to do with it?
John: You ARE. Aren't you?
Babe: Yes!

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