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Good Sam (1948)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 September 1948 (USA)
Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Ken Englund (screenplay), Leo McCarey (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Sam Clayton
Ann Sheridan ... Lu Clayton
Ray Collins ... Reverend Daniels
Edmund Lowe ... H.C. Borden
Joan Lorring ... Shirley Mae
Clinton Sundberg ... Nelson
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Nelson
Louise Beavers ... Chloe
Dick Ross Dick Ross ... Claude
Lora Lee Michel ... Lulu Clayton
Bobby Dolan Jr. Bobby Dolan Jr. ... Butch Clayton
Matt Moore ... Mr. Butler
Netta Packer ... Mrs. Butler
Ruth Roman ... Ruthie
Carol Stevens Carol Stevens ... Mrs. Adams
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Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

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He'll take the whole world . . . and you to his heart ! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'n Duivel van een man See more »

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Production Co:

Rainbow Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Despite the talent involved both on and off-screen, the film was a critical and commercial flop when first released in 1948. Ann Sheridan perceived that the failure was the result of she and Gary Cooper having no chemistry together as romantic leads. See more »

Quotes

Lucille 'Lu' Clayton: [Crying] I'm fed up with your helping people behind my back. You're nothing but a double-crossing, two-faced, sneaking Samaritan!
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Connections

References The Fugitive (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Played by the Salvation Army band and sung by William Frawley
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Painfully bad and a waste of talents.
24 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

With two top actors, Gary Cooper and Ann Sheridan, and one of the best directors of his day, Leo McCarey, you have the formula for a great film. Unfortunately, "Good Sam" is NOT a great movie...nor is it even a good one. In fact, it's one of the biggest wastes of talent due to a painfully bad script with a painfully unfunny premise. In fact, I found it painful to sit and watch this film.

Gary Cooper plays Sam (Good Sam--Good Samaritan...get it?!). Sam is just too nice to be true and makes Ned Flanders (from "The Simpsons") seem like Hitler by comparison! This is because Sam is so generous, so nice and so trusting that everyone in town takes advantage of him. However, in the process, his own family keeps getting the short end of things and his ultra-patient wife eventually has enough. And, after seeing Cooper play such a simpering guy, your probably have had enough by then as well! The bottom line is that NO ONE is that nice as well as that thoughtless when it comes to their family. The story just comes off as contrived and ridiculous.

Incidentally, this movie was a big box office loser when it debuted, so it's not just my opinion that it's a bad film--America and film critics at the time also thought it was pretty bad!


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