Magic Town

Details

aec.olv591dvd
$17.84 $20.99

Product Promotions

15% off sitewide

Shipping Promotions

ID: aec.olv591dvd

Variations

    DVD
    Blu-ray Disc
    New

Add to cart options

Product Actions

Availability: In Stock

Synopsis

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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
4/23/13 
Studio
Olive Films
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
103
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Number of Discs
1

Recommended Products

15% off sitewide
$50.99 $59.99
FYE Exclusive!
15% off sitewide
$12.75 $15.00
FYE Exclusive!
15% off sitewide
$18.69 $21.99
FYE Exclusive!