Magic Town

  • U
  • William A Wellman (1947)
  • US
  • 98 min
Magic Town
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

An intriguing James Stewart/Jane Wyman comedy drama, directed by William A Wellman, which provides a fascinating insight into small-town America. Stewart is convinced that he can cash in on the fact that the white-picket-fence haven of Grandview is an exact statistical yardstick for the country as a whole. Wyman plays a strong, innovative newspaper editor and, of course, is the love interest. Wellman directs intelligently to produce a Capraesque tale that has some nice touches, but ultimately lacks that Capra magic.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring James Stewart and Jane Wyman. When Rip Smith gets word from a friend that the little town of Grandview, by a statistical miracle, exactly reflects "national" opinions, he sees a way to prevent his opinion poll organisation from going broke. Knowing that he could save his business and make a fortune, but aware that he must disguise his purpose, Rip heads for Grandview posing as an insurance agent.

Cast and crew


Lawrence Rip Smith
James Stewart
Mary Peterman
Jane Wyman
Kent Smith
Ike Sloan
Ned Sparks
Lou Dicketts
Wallace Ford
Ed Weaver
Regis Toomey
Mrs Weaver
Ann Doran
Mr Twiddle
Donald Meek
E J Ballantine
Ma Peterman
Ann Shoemaker
Charlie Stringer
Selmer Jackson


William A Wellman

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate U