The Best Man Wins [DVD] [1948]

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The Best Man Wins
Edgar Buchanan stars as a man who abruptly leaves his wife (Anna Lee) to "find himself". When he returns, he discovers that wifey has divorced him and has married stuffy Robert Shayne (later "Inspector Henderson" on the Superman TV series). Buchanan and Lee's son Gary Gray helps reunite the couple, which is bad news for those in the audience who've warmed up to Shayne. Question: How could The Best Man Wins be adapted (as it says in the credits) from Mark Twain's "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County?" Answer: Because frog-jumping was what Edgar Buchanan was up to when he was off finding himself. One wonders if director John Sturges ever looked fondly back to the complex profundities of The Best Man Wins while he was directing such trifles as Bad Day at Black Rock (54) and The Great Escape (63). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Edgar Buchanan
    Edgar Buchanan - Jim Smiley
  • Anna Lee
    Anna Lee - Nancy Smiley
  • Robert Shayne
    Robert Shayne - Judge Carter
  • Gary Gray
    Gary Gray - Bob Smiley
  • Hobart Cavanaugh
    Hobart Cavanaugh - Amos

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