“Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” is an utter classic. It offers up incredible dialogue and great performances and this monolithically ugly view of New York City.
Obviously, the first of these two things are to be celebrated, the third is to be pondered (and distressed about if, like me, you enjoy New York). Why is it so important to Capra to offer up such a one-sidedly negative view of the city? Years after “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” Capra would give the world the town of Bedford Falls and George Bailey as an idyllic opposite to New York, much in the same way that Longfellow Deeds and Mandrake Falls function in this movie.
This week’s podcast takes a look at “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” both the good and the bad.
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