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Magic Town [Blu-ray]

3.9 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Fame spoils the town of Grandview after word leaks out a pollster deems it average.

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Kent Smith, Ned Sparks, Wallace Ford
  • Directors: William A. Wellman
  • Writers: Robert Riskin
  • Producers: Robert Riskin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B00BJFTOZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Magic Town" is a romantic comedy set in a charming "typically American" small town in the years immediately following World War II. What makes the film startlingly timely is the profession of leading man Jimmy Stewart's character which turns out to be political polling. Coming this close to the New Hampshire primaries, when so many people are looking to that small New England locale as a kind of "Magic State," the 1947 insights of this William Wellman film make it even more fun to watch today. (It's also a reminder of what an ingratiating actress Jane Wyman was in her prime.)
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Magic Town is an interesting show. Pollsters find a small town that has a population whose opinions reflect those of the entire nation. The pollsters then go secretely about collecting their data, which they use to represent public opinion.
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."
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I love this old treasure! It was not available for a long while and I was so pleased to find it was finally released. If you are a fan of old films, this is a wonderful "Capra-esque" film that won't disappoint you. The characters are great as is the story.
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In William Wellman's MAGIC TOWN, pollster Rip Smith (whose company is bankrupt) discovers that the aggregate opinions of Grandview mirror those of the entire country. As a cost-cutting move he and two assistants set up shop in the little community; they pose as insurance salesmen so that polling can be conducted without the respondents' knowledge.

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. (
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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.
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