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      The Magnificent Dope

      1942 1h 23m Comedy List
      Reviews 55% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Unable to drum up interest in his self-improvement courses, Dwight Dawson (Don Ameche) and his press agent fiancée, Claire Harris (Lynn Bari), concoct a contest to locate America's biggest failure. Winner Tad Page (Henry Fonda), who only entered to get the money for a new fire engine for his tiny Vermont hometown, turns out to be perfectly happy with his stress-free life -- but when he falls for Claire, Tad goes along with Dwight's attempts to turn him into an ambitious Manhattan go-getter. Read More Read Less

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      Jose Maria Santos Cine-Mundial An entertaining movie, where Don Ameche and Henry Fonda are inimitable. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 17, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's a dopey Capraesque comedy that is anything but magnificent. Rated: C- Jun 21, 2009 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena Sempre o sujeito de bom carter, Fonda cativa o espectador - mas a ingenuidade excessiva do filme acaba datando a produo. Rated: 3/5 Jan 22, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D I was embarrassed for everyone involved. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review Audience Member Minor comedy in Fonda's career but a pleasing jaunty one. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review kevin w In a heavy handed bit of populist pandering the reliable Henry Fonda plays a small town chap unimpressed with big city ways and given to "common sense philosophizing". Don Ameche is a savvy big city entrepreneur who needs a simpleton to improve in order to make his fortune. And Lynn Bari (watching fame pass her by with a dubious script) is the big city girl in between the two. As Capra-esque as a film could be w/o Capra, you watch everything happen two scenes before it actually happens, its as predictable as that. Oh well. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a dopey Capraesque comedy that is anything but magnificent. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Unable to drum up interest in his self-improvement courses, Dwight Dawson (Don Ameche) and his press agent fiancée, Claire Harris (Lynn Bari), concoct a contest to locate America's biggest failure. Winner Tad Page (Henry Fonda), who only entered to get the money for a new fire engine for his tiny Vermont hometown, turns out to be perfectly happy with his stress-free life -- but when he falls for Claire, Tad goes along with Dwight's attempts to turn him into an ambitious Manhattan go-getter.
      Director
      Walter Lang
      Producer
      William Perlberg
      Production Co
      20th Century Fox
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 1, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 23m