Mr. Deeds Goes to Town script
Synopsis: Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), a resident of small-town Vermont, leads a simple life until he inherits a vast fortune from a late uncle. Soon, unscrupulous lawyer John Cedar (Douglas Dumbrille) brings Deeds to New York City, where the unassuming heir is the object of much media attention. When wily reporter Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur) gains the trust and affection of Deeds, she uses her position to publish condescending articles about him -- but are her feelings for him really that shallow?

FADE IN:

EXTERIOR - MONTAGE 1. QUICK SHOTS OF A CAR SPEEDING AROUND

CURVES IN A MOUNTAINOUS REGION. THE CAR JUMPS A BRIDGE,

HURTLES INTO SPACE, CRASHES IN A FIREBALL. FOLLOWED BY

NEWSBOYS HAWKING SPECIAL EDITIONS, PEOPLE ON STREETCORNERS

BUYING AND READING NEWSPAPERS WITH A SUCCESSION OF BANNER

HEADLINES:

"MARTIN W. SEMPLE, FINANCIER, DIES IN ITALY,"

"CIVIC LEADER KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT,"

"DISCLOSURE OF BANKER'S WILL AWAITED" AND FINALLY "SEMPLE

HEIR AS YET UNKNOWN"

DISSOLVE TO:

INTERIOR - EDITOR'S OFFICE, DAILY MAIL

2. CLOSE SHOT

of Mac, the editor, at his desk, barking into the telephone.

MAC:

Say listen, Corny, who do you think

you're talking to? If the Semple

attorneys don't know who the heir

is, who does?

(listens)

Aw, come on Corny, I've done you a

lot of favors. What do you say -

who's getting the Semple dough?

CUT TO:

INTERIOR - CEDAR'S PRIVATE OFFICE

3. CLOSE SHOT

Of Cornelius Cobb - a hardened ex-newspaperman, customarily

impatient, grouchy and nervous - victim of the New York

tempo. His friends call him "Corny."

COBB:

(on the phone)

You're asking the wrong guy, Mac.

I'm only a press agent.

THE CAMERA PULLS BACK GRADUALLY TO REVEAL a plush law

office, leather chairs and shelves of books. Arthur Cedar,

attorney, briskly enters scene and seats himself at his

desk. Cedar is in the neighborhood of fifty - grey-templed -

dignified - sharp. Cobb is using the phone on his desk.

Cedar glances at him.

CEDAR:

Newspaperman?

COBB:

(covering mouthpiece -

confidentially)

Wants to know who the heir is.

CEDAR:

(firmly)

Hang up.

COBB:

(returning to the

phone)

Sorry, Mac, I can't. Yeah, Mac.

Sure, but I ain't the attorney—

CEDAR:

(more firmly)

Hang up.

THE CAMERA PULLS BACK FURTHER TO REVEAL another attorney

at one end of the desk, reviewing a pile of papers.

COBB:

(continuing)

Mr. Cedar is, and I haven't seen

him in two days.

(hangs up the phone)

Listen, Cedar, we've got to do

something about the newspapers.

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Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin (March 30, 1897 – September 20, 1955) was an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, best known for his collaborations with director-producer Frank Capra. more…

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