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Things go just swell until the residents find out how valuable their opinions are, and things fall apart; for the pollster's jobs, for their personal lives, and for the town itself.
This movie is well worth the time spent to watch it...but you need to know that "Magic Town" lacks much of the movie magic of other period situation comedy films, such as "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," and "My Girl Friday."
While waiting to speak to Grandview's mayor, Rip overhears activist Mary Peterman's proposal to the town council of a major construction project-- one that might alter the demographics Rip values so highly. He interrupts Mary and expansively declares Grandview the perfect American town just as it is. Mary's proposal is tabled.
Her family owns a newspaper, so in revenge Mary publishes an editorial denouncing Rip. When she later discovers exactly why Rip has come to Grandview, this is revealed in the paper, as well. The national media jump on the story and the small town is invaded by a horde of reporters who label Grandview "public opinion capital of the U.S."
No longer able to conduct their secret polling, Rip and company leave the area. After results of a political survey prove disastrouly incorrect, Grandview's notoriety is meteroric and the community ends up a national disgrace. The unemployed Rip then returns and tells Mary he loves her; she feels the same affection for him. Before acting on this however, Mary and Rip are determined to restore Grandview's good name.
Jimmy Stewart's next project was CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (1948). In this true story, he's a Chicago news reporter who reopens and solves a 10-year-old murder case. (...Read more ›
Magic Town is a typical post war feel-good movie. Jimmy Stewart is a former basketball star, now a public opinion expert seeking the holy grail of demographic perfection. Long before computers and the Internet, Stewart is convinced that somewhere out there is a small town or city which mimics, with almost pinpoint accuracy, the demographics (and in this case voting preferences) of the USA.
Then perchance he stumbles upon just such a cool place, Grandview (a name which fits the view of Stewart's goal perfectly). He needs to keep the reasons for opening offices in Grandview secret or everyone in his field would be down there reaping the benefits of his discovery, so he and his partner pretend at being insurance men so the secret of his discovery is hidden until the next election is over and which results he believes, Grandview will show perfectly in advance,
True to Romantic Comedies of the era, things rapidly go amiss, and become highly complicated beginning by Stewart flipping-out over co-star Jane Wyman's character, a newspaper editor with a nose for news, which is catching scent of a scam, Re: since there are several already successful and popular insurance companies in a town with a rather small population, why would New Yorkers come down to Grandview to sell insurance?
Before Stewart's character, can get much done, he finds himself falling in love with Wyman's character. Problem is, he has lied to her and everyone else in town, and in his lust for gold, his strategy has enabled him to shoot himself in the foot. Meanwhile Wyman easily, but uncomfortably senses, something is not right.Read more ›
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Little known jimmy Stewart film that was well worth the watch. I always watch a movie with this actor if I haven't already seen it.Published 3 months ago by Nathan
Great Jimmy Stewart about the life and the downside of short cuts and unintended consequences of things we doPublished 3 months ago by Chuck
Great, thought provoking, story line. Some of the plot lines are a little hokey for 2016 since it was made in the 40's, but the overall idea is good.Published 4 months ago by lazarone