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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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Jean Arthur Jean Arthur
Saunders
James Stewart James Stewart
Jefferson Smith
Claude Rains Claude Rains
Senator Joseph Paine
Edward Arnold Edward Arnold
Jim Taylor
Guy Kibbee Guy Kibbee
Governor Hopper
Thomas Mitchell Thomas Mitchell
Diz Moore
Eugene Pallette Eugene Pallette
Chick McGann
Beulah Bondi Beulah Bondi
Ma Smith


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Sidney Buchman Sidney Buchman
(screen play)
Lewis R. Foster Lewis R. Foster
(story)


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Deservedly a classic. Unmissable!

10 years, 5 months ago at Apr 21 8:18
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"You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow... read more

Brilliant Capra-Stewart classic!

8 years, 8 months ago at Jan 24 9:21
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I am not really a great admirer of politics because I don't really understand them at all. This film was a real helping hand to me because I understand a bit more of what politics really are. I also understood what other things involving politics such as the government, laws and making decisions about things around the world. This is probably the feel-good political film because Capra is probably ... read more

A classic

1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 24 9:33
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Since this movie had a really solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. Apparently, this movie was first developed as a sequel to ‘Mr. Deeds Goes to Town’ but since Gary Cooper was not available, they changed the name of the main character and they gave this part to James Stewart who gave here a star-making performance.  Indeed, I thought that Stewart was actually more convincing t... read more
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Two slimy fat-cat legislators recruit Jefferson Smith, an innocent and staunchly principled Montana scout leader, as the state's new Senator, hoping to exploit his naviete and community pride to bring home pork-barrel funds. Once he ascends to Capitol Hill, however, Mr. Smith finds nothing but deep-rooted corruption in Washington, D.C., and, absolutely refusing to submit to cynicism, he tirelessly takes the message of the American people right to their out-of-touch representatives.
Release date: 19 October 1939
UPC: 043396279698
Tags: Drama (24), Politics (15), 1930s (13), Corruption (12), Comedy (9), 1939 (8), Newspaper (8), Political (8), Government (7), Senator (7), Activism (7), Senate (6), Black & White (6), Filibuster (6), Usa (6), Classic (6), Murder (5), American (4), Patriotism (4), Office (4)
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