Magic Town [Blu-ray]

Magic Town [Blu-ray]

Director: William A. Wellman Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
, Kent Smith
Kent Smith
, Wallace Ford
Wallace Ford
William A. Wellman
Magic Town [Blu-ray]

Magic Town [Blu-ray]

Director: William A. Wellman Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
, Kent Smith
Kent Smith
, Wallace Ford
Wallace Ford
William A. Wellman

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

With Robert Riskin as screenwriter, director William Wellman proved in Magic Town that it was possible to make a Frank Capra-esque picture without Capra himself at the helm. James Stewart plays Rip Smith, a cynical pollster who comes across a small American town named Grandview, which represents a "perfect" balance of ethnic types, professions, political beliefs, and personal opinions (a parody of the then-current "Middletown" study). Smith publicizes this discovery, leading to a barrage of media attention and an onslaught of get-rich-quick entrepreneurs. Not surprisingly, all of this has an adverse effect on the heretofore "average" citizens of Grandview; it also seriously threatens Smith's blossoming romance with local girl Mary Peterman (Jane Wyman), who feels that her friends and neighbors are being used, exploited, and in some cases, corrupted. The satirical thrust of the film bogs down into sentimentality toward the end, but it's fun while it lasts. One of the colorful supporting characters is played by screwball-comedy favorite Donald Meek, who died during production, necessitating a number of hasty and not altogether successful rewrites. Though it pleases audiences today, Magic Town was a financial disappointment in 1947, prompting James Stewart to seek out "tougher" and more challenging roles to restore his box-office appeal.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2013
UPC: 0887090059206
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Olive
Presentation: [B&W]
Language: English
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 21,252

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Rip Smith
Jane Wyman Mary Peterman
Kent Smith Hoopendecker
Wallace Ford Lou Dicketts
Ned Sparks Ike Sloan
Regis Toomey Ed Weaver
Ann Doran Mrs. Weaver
Donald Meek Mr. Twiddle
E.J. Ballantine Moody
Ann Shoemaker Ma Peterman
Mickey Kuhn Hank Nickleby
Howard Freeman Richard Nickleby
Harry Holman Mayor
Mickey Roth Bob Peterman
Mary Currier Mrs. Frisby
George Irving Sen. Wilton
Selmer Jackson Charlie Stringer,Charlie Stringer
Robert Dudley Dickey
Julia Dean Mrs. Wilton
Joel Friedkin Dingle
Paul Scardon Hodges
George Chandler Bus Driver
Frank Darien Quincy
Larry Wheat Sam Fuller
Jimmy Crane Shorty
Richard Belding Junior Dicketts
Danny Mummert Benny
Griff Barnett Henry
Edna Holland Secretary
Eddie Parks Bookkeeper
Paul Maxey Fat Man in Hallway
Lee 'Lasses' White Old Timer
Snub Pollard Townsman,Townsman
Wheaton Chambers Electrician
Edgar Dearing Gray-Haired Man
Emmett Vogan Reverend
Eddy Waller Newcomer
Frank Fenton Birch
Garry Owen Man Smoking Offensive Cigar
William Haade Moving Man
Dick Wessel Moving Man
John Ince Postman
Dick Elliott New Arrival
Lee Phelps City Council Member
Lawrence Wheat Sam Fuller
Roy Webb Composer

Technical Credits
Robert Riskin Producer,Screenwriter
William A. Wellman Director
John E. Tribby Sound/Sound Designer
Terry Kellum Sound/Sound Designer
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