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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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