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The Magnificent Dope (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 October 1942 (Mexico)
Dwight Dawson, who runs an unsuccessful success school, stages a contest to find the biggest failure in the USA, for publicity value when the "dope" takes his course. But winner Tad Page is... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

George Seaton (screen play), Joseph Schrank (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Thadeus Winship 'Tad' Page
Lynn Bari ... Claire Harris
Don Ameche ... Dwight Dawson
Edward Everett Horton ... Horace Hunter
George Barbier ... James Roger Barker
Frank Orth ... Messenger
Roseanne Murray Roseanne Murray ... Dawson's Secretary
Marietta Canty ... Jenny
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Albert Gowdy
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Charlie
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Hunter
Arthur Loft ... Mr. Morton, Fire Engine Salesman
Paul Stanton ... Peters
Claire Du Brey ... Peter's Secretary
William B. Davidson ... Mr. Reindel
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Storyline

Dwight Dawson, who runs an unsuccessful success school, stages a contest to find the biggest failure in the USA, for publicity value when the "dope" takes his course. But winner Tad Page is contented with his idle, lazy life and threatens to convert Dawson's other students to his philosophy. Dawson captalizes on Tad's attraction to Claire Harris to win him over; but will Tad find out Claire is really engaged to Dawson? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Meet the All-American Jerk...Ladies' Man De Luxe!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Assim Vivo Eu... See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 28, 1942 with Don Ameche and Henry Fonda reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Dwight Dawson: That kiss took five years off my life... ...hey, careful, I'll be too young to vote!
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Soundtracks

At Last
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Tad and Claire are drinking champagne at the Havana Club
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funny but?
12 February 2013 | by dankarlamontSee all my reviews

This movie contains some incredibly racist lines. It was obviously aimed at southern belief system. I wouldn't let my kids watch it. Lynn Bari makes remarks about Louise Beavers making a cake with her "lilly white hands". Louise Beavers basically says she can't read. Then during the actual party scene Don Ameche sings in a pseudo black voice.

On the other side the movie does have some very fun scenes but some of the lines are not funny and unnecessary to the plot of the movie.

The clothing in this movie is fabulous. Lyn Bari's outfits are quite fashionable. I don't think she ever looked better in a movie.

Henry Fonda, Don Ameche and Everett Horton play their usual excellent comedic roles. Good for a quick laugh.


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