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Magic Town (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 7 October 1947 (USA)
An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions.

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Professor Frederick Hoopendecker
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Ike
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Lou Dicketts
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Ed Weaver
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Mrs. Weaver
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Mr. Twiddle
E.J. Ballantine ...
Moody
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Ma Peterman
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Hank Nickleby
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Nickleby
Harry Holman ...
Mayor
Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Frisby
Mickey Roth ...
Bob Peterman
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Rip Smith's opinion-poll business is a failure...until he discovers that the small town of Grandview is statistically identical to the entire country. He and his assistants go there to run polls cheaply and easily, in total secrecy (it would be fatal to let the townsfolk get self-conscious). And of course, civic crusader Mary Peterman must be kept from changing things too much. But romantic involvement with Mary complicates life for Rip; then suddenly everything changes... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The guy with the dynamite heart meets the girl with the firecracker eyes!

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Comedy | Romance

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7 October 1947 (USA)  »

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A Cidade Mágica  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 15, 1947 with James Stewart and Jane Wyman reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Mary Peterman: The air becomes charged with electricity around desperate men.
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MAGIC TOWN
Mel Tormé (as Mel Torme) Robert Wells (as Bob Wells)
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a bit silly but with such a fun movie, who cares?
29 December 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, I'll admit the plot is silly and contrived. Sure, the idea of an actuary determining that there is a "perfect" city that is actually statistically represents America in a microcosm is silly. And, their plan NOT to tell anyone in the town but surreptitiously poll just these townspeople in order to find out what America thinks about a wide variety of issues is far-fetched. BUT, with Jimmy Stewart and Jane Wyman as well as William Wellman's direction, who cares?! This is one of those "just sit back and enjoy" pictures that isn't particularly deep but that is charming and great fun to watch. And I think we need a few films like this now and again.


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