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Mr. Smith goes to Washington

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Frank Capra's classic comedy-drama established James Stewart as a lead actor in one of his finest (and most archetypal) roles. The film opens as a succession of reporters shout into telephones announcing the death of Senator Samuel Foley. Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains), the state's senior senator, puts in a call to Governor Hubert "Happy" Hopper (Guy Kibbee) reporting the news. Hopper then calls powerful media magnate Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold), who controls the state -- along with the lawmakers. Taylor orders Hopper to appoint an interim senator to fill out Foley's term; Taylor has proposed a pork barrel bill to finance an unneeded dam at Willet Creek, so he warns Hopper he wants a senator who "can't ask any questions or talk out of turn." After having a number of his appointees rejected, at the suggestion of his children Hopper nominates local hero Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), leader of the state's Boy Rangers group. Smith is an innocent, wide-eyed idealist who quotes Jefferson and Lincoln and idolizes Paine, who had known his crusading editor father. In Washington, after a humiliating introduction to the press corps, Smith threatens to resign, but Paine encourages him to stay and work on a bill for a national boy's camp. With the help of his cynical secretary Clarissa Sanders (Jean Arthur), Smith prepares to introduce his boy's camp bill to the Senate. But when he proposes to build the camp on the Willets Creek site, Taylor and Paine force him to drop the measure. Smith discovers Taylor and Paine want the Willets Creek site for graft and he attempts to expose them, but Paine deflects Smith's charges by accusing Smith of stealing money from the boy rangers. Defeated, Smith is ready to depart Washington, but Saunders, whose patriotic zeal has been renewed by Smith, exhorts him to stay and fight. Smith returns to the Senate chamber and, while Taylor musters the media forces in his state to destroy him, Smith engages in a climactic filibuster to speak his piece: "I've got a few things I want to say to this body. I tried to say them once before and I got stopped colder than a mackerel. Well, I'd like to get them said this time, sir. And as a matter of fact, I'm not gonna leave this body until I do get them said." ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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Grouped Work IDa0d9a690-6886-0179-ffc4-cf0c715d84bb
Grouping Titlemr smith goes to washington
Grouping Author130
Grouping Categorymovie
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-09-06 22:18:14PM
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auth_author2Arnold, Edward, 1890-1956.
Arthur, Jean, 1900-1991,
Arthur, Jean, 1900-1991.
Capra, Frank, 1897-1991,
Capra, Frank, 1897-1991.
Foster, Lewis R., 1898-1974.
Rains, Claude, 1889-1967,
Rains, Claude, 1889-1967.
Stewart, James, 1908-1997,
Stewart, James, 1908-1997.
author2-roleArnold, Edward,1890-1956.
Arthur, Jean,1900-1991,actor.
Arthur, Jean,1900-1991.
Capra, Frank,1897-1991,film director.
Capra, Frank,1897-1991.
Columbia Pictures Corporation.
Foster, Lewis R.,1898-1974.
Rains, Claude,1889-1967,actor.
Rains, Claude,1889-1967.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
Stewart, James,1908-1997,actor.
Stewart, James,1908-1997.
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display_descriptionA naive young man is sent to Washington to fill in for an ailing senator, but once in the Capitol, he meets so much corruption that he is compelled to denounce it.
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seriesPremiere Frank Capra collection
series_with_volumePremiere Frank Capra collection|
Feature films
Films for the hearing impaired
Political corruption -- Washington (D.C.) -- Drama
United States -- Politics and government -- Drama
United States. -- Congress. -- Senate -- Drama
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_displayMr. Smith goes to Washington
title_fullMr. Smith goes to Washington [Blu-ray] / director, Frank Capra
Mr. Smith goes to Washington [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures ; screenplay by Sidney Buchman ; directed by Frank Capra
title_shortMr. Smith goes to Washington
topic_facetPolitical corruption
Politics and government