Review: ‘Magic Town’

The story [by Robert Riskin and Joseph Krumgold] is a little complicated in starting out to be a yarn about an opinion-polling outfit and winding up as the life, death and rebirth of an average American town.

The story [by Robert Riskin and Joseph Krumgold] is a little complicated in starting out to be a yarn about an opinion-polling outfit and winding up as the life, death and rebirth of an average American town.

James Stewart plays an enterprising researcher who plans to get rich quickly with what he calls his ‘mathematical miracle’ method – finding one small town that thinks as the nation does, and by polling it constantly on various issues have a cross-section of American opinion at very small cost. He finds the town in Grandview. Posing as an insurance salesman planning to settle there, Stewart and his two cronies (Ned Sparks and Donald Meek) poke their noses into the affairs of the town, and upset plans a young newspaper editor (Jane Wyman) has for improving the place with a new civic center.

Magic Town

Production

RKO. Director William A. Wellman; Producer Robert Riskin; Screenplay Robert Riskin; Camera Joseph F. Biroc; Editor Sherman Todd, Richard G. Wray; Music Roy Webb; Art Director Lionel Banks

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

James Stewart Jane Wyman Kent Smith Ned Sparks Wallace Ford Regis Toomey

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