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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Romance, drama, laughter and heartbreak... created out of the very heart and soil of America!
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.
Infused with heavy dose of patriotism, exhibiting excellent use of humour & starring James Stewart in the role that instantly propelled the then-young actor into the spotlight, Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is another quality product from the notable filmmaker that skilfully presents its support of democracy & is now counted amongst the great American films of its era.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington follows the political adventures of Jefferson Smith; leader of The Boy Rangers who is appointed by the State Governor to fill a vacancy in the US Senate after the untimely death of the previous Senator. Young, naive & idealistic, Smith discovers an entirely different world on his arrival to Washington & soon decides to stand up against corruption.…
In the middle of Mr Smith Goes to Washington, our overenthusiastic but lovable protagonist Jefferson Smith has this to say:
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 up remembering that.
That's beautiful. That piece of dialogue right there convinced me once and for all that Frank Capra's film had its heart in the right place. After that, I dropped all my doubts and allowed the film's over-optimistic but admirable sentiments to wash over me.
It's worth noting that…
As timely today as it was 75 years ago, Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is an enchanting political fairy tale. Instead of knights jousting with dragons, the film finds idealistic senators taking on corruption in government. The film is painted in broad narrative and thematic strokes, but it is a pleasing, entertaining piece of work whose delights are many.
Jefferson Smith, appointed by his state's governor to serve in the US Senate, is the focus of the film. In Washington, Smith is floored by the American seat of power both in terms of the city's history and its obstinate governing bodies. The corruption is thick here and at home, and Smith soon finds himself fighting against the political…
Film #27 of Project 30
”Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes.”
In his first major cinematic role the mighty James Stewart uses his incredible talent to portray the passionate and idealistic Jefferson Smith whose innocence and determination enable him to stand up and fight the corruption, dishonesty and deceitfulness of the villainous senators, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the typical Frank Capra movie, a heart-warming, idealistic and feel-good story filled with hope, faith and courage. It is an inspiring and cheerful celebration of bravery and character strength which at times becomes very affective and emotionally stimulating too, Jimmie Stewart’s performance is sensational and the film gives a pretty good –…
During the acceptance speech for his AFI Lifetime Achievement award, Director Frank Capra took a moment to share some advice with the young filmmakers of the day. "Don't compromise," Mr. Capra cautioned, "believe in yourself; because only the valiant can create, only the daring should make films, and only the morally corageous are worthy of speaking to their fellow man for two hours and in the dark."
I can think of few directors who are so worthy of such a privilege, and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is a prime example as to why. Frank Capra presents an unflinching look into political corruption at the national level, and through this dialectic analysis offers a true-blue American ideal in the form…
Politics for the naive with James Stewart's first legendary performance! Wouldn't have been as effective without the heavies he was up against, so massive kudos to Edward Arnold, Claude Rains & Guy Kibbee trying to break this young senators down. But Stewart and his gullible persona was so perfect for the spirit of this film. All heart against the high and mighty senators with undeniable assistance from Jean Arthur. A wonderful battle!
That Jimmy Stewart sure knew how to use his voice.
Never would I have imagined that I'd end up taking sides with a boy scout. This game is yours, Mr Capra.
The Frank Capra film every American should see... funny, inspiring, and so entertaining. From the magic year 1939! What was in the air in Hollywood?
Though this might not be a movie I go back to all that often (though, it crops up on the Empire 500 my next challenge), I am glade I am I saw it. No one does that sentimental optimism like Capra. There is a real joy to Jimmy Stuarts wide eye innocence and his determinism to do good. I cannot deny the charm of my this movie.
Though because I am such a huge Claude Rains fan I kept backing and emotionally investing his character. Which makes me part of the political problem we have today. It is a little scary to watch a movie from 1939 and realized how little has changed.
nothing i love more than a good filibuster and jimmy stewart dishevelment.
Oh yeah, corruption in government isn't new.
In honor of Jimmy Stewart's birthday, I decided to watch his film today.
Mr. Smith Goes Washington may have been filmed in black and white but it is obvious you can see!; Red, the colour of angry man. Black, the dark of ages past.
America is the greatest country ever conceived by man, and whoever disagrees hasn't seen this movie.
The harsh political reality may look grim with buffoons like Trump and criminals like Clinton but that reality has existed since the dawn of politics. Politicians have done and said some very stupid things and they will continue saying but they’re just people who get to talk just a bit too much. Sometimes, just sometimes, that talking will make sense and maybe change something.
The film starts with the death of a US senator. No one really asks themselves how he died because everyone’s just too busy finding new senator. The problem is that this particular state is quasi in the hands of major business magnate who does favours for politicians and vice-versa. The governor who has to appoint a…
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