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27 Ratings

Good Sam

Directed by Leo McCarey
United States, 1948
Comedy, Drama, Romance


Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need—like a house.

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Good Sam Directed by Leo McCarey

Critics reviews

It’s another of McCarey’s great comedies of getting laid, with a lot of misdirection applied to keep Sheridan—a terrifically smart actress who gives this naggy role a sharp intellect and bold sexiness—out of the same bed as her husband. . . . Sheridan’s character remarkably resembles those often played by Hideko Takamine in Mikio Naruse’s great 1950s dramas of economic anxiety in the Japanese home.
August 07, 2018
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Sheridan is a marvel of amusement and disdain… Her tour-de-force occurs about forty-five minutes in, when the deluge of needy humanity finally breaks her down. But not into tears – she expresses her defeat in an explosive laughter jag. Sheridan consistently shows how Lucille knows how to distance herself – to treat her life as a performance.
August 26, 2014
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