SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 16.
Film Review — Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Once again Frank Capra and Robert Riskin have used their doubted talents as director and screen writer, to make the unusual adventures of Longfellow Deeds entertainment of the most delightful type. It is difficult to analyse the Riskin-Capra style and to explain its charm but anyone who has seen "It Happened One Night," which won for them numerous screen awards, will know what to expect.
The farewell of Deeds to Mandrake Falls, his home town, when he plays the tuba in the town band at his own send-off, and especially the court scene when Deeds finally speaks his part, and accuses the judge of being an "o-filler" when thinking, are examples of their particular brand of humour—a type which is eminently suited to the screen.
The film is adapted from a story by Clarence Buddington Kelland and is a rather bitter satire on bigcity life, which is shown in anything but favourable light. The production of the film is sound in all respects, the acting being good, and the direction and photography well nigh perfect, and any further efforts by this directorial combination will be awaited with pleasure. Mr. Deeds is recommended to all those who enjoy a good laugh, plus a worthwhile modern story.