Magic Town

Magic Town

William A Wellman (1947)

U Certificate


Our Score
Here's 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.


An opinion poll researcher finds the perfect average town, and realises a survey conducted there will have the same result as a national one, but mean a lot less work for him. However, once the inhabitants learn the truth they start to exploit their undue influence, with disastrous consequences. Comedy, with James Stewart and Jane Wyman.

Cast & Crew

Lawrence `Rip' Smith James Stewart
Mary Peterman Jane Wyman
Hoopendecker Kent Smith
Eddie Weaver Regis Toomey
Ike Sloan Ned Sparks
Lou Dicketts Wallace Ford
Mrs Weaver Ann Doran
Mr Twiddle Donald Meek
Director William A Wellman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: DVD