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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Capra at his greatest!

Original Title : Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Director : Frank Capra
Writer : Lewis R. Foster
Sidney Buchman
Genre : Drama
Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Frank Capra
Music : Dimitri Tiomkin
Photography : Joseph Walker
IMDB ID : 0031679
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - Frank Capra
 

Starring

┬Jean Arthur Clarissa Saunders
┬James Stewart Jefferson Smith
┬Claude Rains Sen. Joseph Harrison Paine
┬Edward Arnold Jim Taylor
┬Guy Kibbee Gov. Hubert 'Happy' Hopper
┬Thomas Mitchell Diz Moore
┬Eugene Pallette Chick McGann
┬Beulah Bondi Ma Smith
┬H.B. Warner Sen. Agnew (Senate Majority Leader
┬Harry Carey The Vice President
┬Astrid Allwyn Susan Paine
┬Ruth Donnelly Emma Hopper
┬Grant Mitchell Sen. MacPherson (Privileges and Elections Committee
┬Porter Hall Sen. Monroe (objecting to frivolity
┬Pierre Watkin Sen. Barnes (Senate Minority Leader
┬Charles Lane Nosey newsman
┬William Demarest Bill Griffith (at station
┬Dick Elliott Carl Cook (at station
┬Billy Watson Peter Hopper
┬Delmar Watson Jimmie Hopper
┬Johnny Russell Otis Hopper (as John Russell
┬Harry Watson Hopper boy
┬Garry Watson Hopper boy (as Gary Watson
┬Larry Simms Hopper boy (as Baby Dumpling
┬H.V. Kaltenborn Himself (broadcaster
┬Erville Alderson Handwriting expert (uncredited
┬Stanley Andrews Sen. Hodges (uncredited
┬William Arnold Reporter (uncredited
┬Sam Ash Sen. Lancaster (uncredited
┬Edwin August Senator (uncredited
┬Frank Austin Inventor at Smith's office door (uncredited
┬Harry A. Bailey Sen. Hammett (uncredited
┬Wade Boteler Family man (uncredited
┬Ed Brewer Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Al Bridge Sen. Dwight (uncredited
┬Harlan Briggs Mr. Edwards (howling citizen
┬Tommy Bupp Boy cheering for Smith in meeting (uncredited
┬Frederick Burton Sen. Dearhorn (uncredited
┬Ken Carpenter Announcer (uncredited
┬Jack Carson Sweeney Farrell (newsman
┬Burr Caruth Townsend (uncredited
┬Maurice Cass Handwriting expert (uncredited
┬Allan Cavan Ragner (newsman
┬Eddy Chandler Reporter (uncredited
┬George Chandler Reporter (uncredited
┬Dora Clement Mrs. McGann (uncredited
┬Edmund Cobb Sen. Gower (uncredited
┬Dorothy Comingore Woman (at station
┬Hal Cooke Reporter (uncredited
┬George Cooper Waiter (uncredited
┬Jack Cooper Photographer (uncredited
┬Nick Copeland Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Anne Cornwall Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Gino Corrado Barber (uncredited
┬Maurice Costello Diggs (newsman
┬Alec Craig Speaker (uncredited
┬Beatrice Curtis Paine's secretary (uncredited
┬Dulcie Day Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Vernon Dent Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Clyde Dilson Reporter (uncredited
┬Neal Dodd Senate chaplain (uncredited
┬Ann Doran Paine's secretary (uncredited
┬Helen Jerome Eddy Paine's secretary (uncredited
┬Jack Egan Reporter (uncredited
┬Douglas Evans Francis Scott Key (uncredited
┬Eddie Fetherston Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Mabel Forrest Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Byron Foulger Hopper's secretary (uncredited
┬Michael Gale Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Jack Gardner Reporter (uncredited
┬Frances Gifford Hopper girl (uncredited
┬June Gittelson Woman (at station
┬Mary Gordon Woman (uncredited
┬Lorna Gray Woman (at station
┬Harry Hayden Speaker (uncredited
┬Louis Jean Heydt Soapbox speaker (uncredited
┬Olaf Hytten Hopper's butler (uncredited
┬John Ince Sen. Fernwick (uncredited
┬Lloyd Ingraham Committeeman (uncredited
┬Frank Jaquet Sen. Byron (uncredited
┬Dickie Jones Pageboy Richard Jones (uncredited
┬Eddie Kane Reporter (uncredited
┬Robert Emmett Keane Editor (uncredited
┬Donald Kerr Reporter (uncredited
┬Milton Kibbee Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Joe King Summers (newsman, 'He's just decorating a chair'
┬Evalyn Knapp Reporter (What do you think of the girls in this town?
┬Wright Kramer Sen. Carlton (uncredited
┬Vera Lewis Mrs. Edwards (uncredited
┬Arthur Loft Chief clerk (uncredited
┬Hank Mann Photographer (uncredited
┬Margaret Mann Nun with cheering orphan boys (uncredited
┬Philo McCullough Sen. Albert (uncredited
┬Matt McHugh Reporter (uncredited
┬George McKay Reporter (uncredited
┬Lafe McKee Civil War veteran at Lincoln Memorial (uncredited
┬James McNamara Reporter (uncredited
┬Robert Middlemass Speaker (uncredited
┬James Millican Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Charles R. Moore Porter (uncredited
┬Gene Morgan Reporter (uncredited
┬William Newell Reporter (uncredited
┬Alex Novinsky Foreign diplomat (uncredited
┬Frank O'Connor Sen. Alfred (uncredited
┬Frank Puglia Handwriting expert (uncredited
┬Ed Randolph Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Jack Richardson Sen. Manchester (uncredited
┬Russell Simpson Kenneth Allen (uncredited
┬Walter Soderling Sen. Pickett (uncredited
┬Harry Stafford Sen. Atwater (uncredited
┬Wyndham Standing Sen. Ashman (uncredited
┬Paul Stanton Flood (newsman
┬Count Stefenelli Foreign diplomat (uncredited
┬Craig Stevens Senate reporter (uncredited
┬Carl Stockdale Sen. Burdette (uncredited
┬Dub Taylor Reporter (uncredited
┬Ferris Taylor Sen. Carlisle (uncredited
┬Arthur Thalasso Doorman (uncredited
┬Fred 'Snowflake' Toones Porter (uncredited
┬Victor Travers Sen. Grainger (uncredited
┬Laura Treadwell Mrs. Taylor (uncredited
┬John Tyrrell (uncredited
┬Robert Walker Sen. Holland (uncredited
┬Myonne Walsh Jane Hopper (uncredited
┬Lloyd Whitlock Schultz (newsman
┬Dave Willock Senate Guard (uncredited
┬Florence Wix Committeewoman (uncredited
 

Plot

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.
 

Comments

Want to Get Your View Across? Why Not Filibuster?, 30 April 2004 Author: tfrizzell from United States The media and those in Washington, D.C. cringed in 1939 when Frank Capra (Oscar-nominated for directing) come out with "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". Capra, fresh off amazing successes like "Lady for a Day", "It Happened One Night", "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town", "Lost Horizon" and "You Can't Take It With You", used his power to slap some bigwigs in the face with a powerful medium---the motion picture. The result was an immediate backlash by publications and politicians, but cheers from critics and the audience. As with society, the critics and the masses won out as the movie is a masterpiece in every way. A U.S. Senate vacancy leads to a dilemma. Who should be put in office? Everyone believes the apparently naive and gullible James Stewart (Oscar-nominated) is the logical choice because he will be easy to manipulate and he won't rock the boat. Stewart, the leader of the Boy Rangers (a local camp association for youngsters), gets blind-sided by many high-ranking officials who have alterior motives (Oscar nominees Harry Carey and Claude Rains in particular) when his idea for a national boys' camp goes by the wayside. Thus the only thing left for Stewart is to beat those in charge by beating them at their own game---creating a filibuster (a never-ending governmental argument for his cause). Stewart is solid as always here and the supporters (love interest/reporter Jean Arthur and drunk newspaper man Thomas Mitchell included with the aforementioned players) are all terrific throughout. The Oscar-winning screenplay is deceptively intelligent and Capra just had the uncanny ability to mix comedy, drama and interpersonal characterizations together to make consistently wonderful American film experiences. 5 stars out of 5.
 
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