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In order to be permitted to appear in "prestige" items like and , Henry Fonda had to agree to appear in such inconsequential fluff as The Magnificent Dope. On its own terms, however, this gentle satire of the "Dale Carnegie" school of self-help is pretty funny. Don Ameche plays Dwight Dawson, the owner of a success school which isn't all that successful. Dawson's secretary-sweetheart, Claire Harris (Lynn Bari), suggests a publicity stunt which might improve business -- if Dawson can make a success out of the laziest man in America, the world will beat a path to his door. After an extensive search, the perfect candidate for Dawson's academy is found: cheerful, laid-back country boy Tad Page, who prefers happiness and serenity to hard work and wealth. In true "reverse procedure" tradition, it is Tad's take-it-easy philosophy, rather than Dawson's "get up and go" dictum, that eventually wins the hearts of the American public. Fourth-billed Edward Everett Horton has little to do other than his inimitable double takes, one of which amusingly closes the picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Henry Fonda
as Tad Page
Don Ameche
as Dwight Dawson
Edward Everett Horton
as Horace Hunter
George Barbier
as Barker
Frank Orth
as Messenger
Marietta Canty
as Jennie
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Albert Gowdy
Hal K. Dawson
as Charlie
Josephine Whittell
as Mrs. Hunter
Arthur Loft
as Fire Engine Salesman
Chick Chandler
as Reporter
Paul Stanton
as Peters
Claire Du Brey
as Secretary
Harry Hayden
as Frank Mitchell
Pierre Watkin
as Carson
Kenneth Gibson
Lynn Bari
as Claire Harris
William B. Davidson
as Mr. Reindel
Gladys Blake
as Another Secretary
Ralph Brooks
as Man
Harry Depp
as Man
Byron Foulger
as Man
Paul McVey
as John
Jack Mower
as Man
Frank Jaquet
as Man
Harry Depp
as Man
Jack Mower
as Man
Byron Foulger
as Man
Lynn Bari
as Claire Harris
Paul McVey
as John
Gladys Blake
as Another Secretary
William B. Davidson
as Mr. Reindel
Ralph Brooks
as Man

Crew

Walter Lang
Director
William Perlberg
Producer
George Seaton
Screenwriter
Joseph Schrank
Screen Story
J. Peverell Marley
Cinematographer
Emil Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Emil Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Day
Production Designer
Dolly Tree
Costume Designer
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