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Trivia / Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

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  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Stillborn Franchise: Columbia and Frank Capra intended to make a sequel entitled Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington, based on the story The Gentleman from Wyoming (alternately called "The Gentleman from Montana" by both contemporary and modern sources) by Lewis R. Foster. This became Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
  • What Could Have Been: Carole Lombard was originally down to play Babe. but she backed out three days before production began to go work on My Man Godfrey. Shooting had to begin without a female lead in place.
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  • Working Title: Throughout the pre-production and the early principal photography, the project still retained the short story's original title, Opera Hat, although Frank Capra tried out some other titles including A Gentleman Goes to Town and Cinderella Man before settling on a name that was the winning entry in a contest held by the Columbia Pictures publicity department.

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