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Good Sam (1948)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 September 1948 (USA)
Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Ken Englund (screenplay), Leo McCarey (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Sam Clayton
Ann Sheridan ... Lu Clayton
Ray Collins ... Reverend Daniels
Edmund Lowe ... H.C. Borden
Joan Lorring ... Shirley Mae
Clinton Sundberg ... Nelson
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Nelson
Louise Beavers ... Chloe
Dick Ross Dick Ross ... Claude
Lora Lee Michel ... Lulu Clayton
Bobby Dolan Jr. Bobby Dolan Jr. ... Butch Clayton
Matt Moore ... Mr. Butler
Netta Packer ... Mrs. Butler
Ruth Roman ... Ruthie
Carol Stevens Carol Stevens ... Mrs. Adams
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Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

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Another from the great Producer of "The Bells of St. Mary's" and "Going My Way" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'n Duivel van een man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rainbow Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 25, 1950 with Ann Sheridan reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Banker: [to Lu] I feel that I'm directly responsible for what happened. I turned him down for a loan because he had no security. And then I got to thinking, what kind of a world is this? There must be something rotten somewhere when a man like your husband can't get a loan. I'm not for advising the banking laws, but sometimes we should take an exception and take a good heart for security. So, rest assured... the house is yours.
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Connections

References The Fugitive (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Noel
(uncredited)
Traditional 17th century hymn
Part of the score at Christmastide
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Most people never understood that movie.
7 August 2002 | by raypaquinSee all my reviews

This movie is a satire on the 'Capraesque' genre. It is a satire on Altruism, in the spirit of 'if you don't like the fruit, take a good look at the tree'. Most politically-correct people feel like strangling the hero people he reminds them of themselves. The ending is spoiled, however, by a desire by the Hollywood politically-correct bosses to attenuate the logical consequences to be drawn from the script. In the end, all the hero's "good deeds" are rewarded. There is much evidence that Gary Cooper intended this film to be a satire; his making of 'The Fountainhead' the following year, an extreme right-wing ideological film that was spoiled by king Vidor's misunderstanding of its philosophical contents and his testimonies at the McCarthy enquiry at around that time. Try to see that film with new eyes, at it were.


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