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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Not Rated
125 minutes
Drama
1939

Frank Capra considered this his best film and many would agree. James Stewart is Jefferson Smith, an idealistic young man appointed to fill out the term of a deceased senator, only to find the place a hotbed of corruption... and he's expected to fall in line. Considered by many to be the pre-eminent political satire, this marvelous comedy-drama remains as relevant today as it was then. Jean Arthur plays a hard-boiled/soft-centered reporter, and the cast was one of the greatest Capra ever assembled: Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Harry Carey, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, H.B. Warner, Charles Lane, Jack Carson, and Porter Hall. Sidney Buchman wrote the script; the original story, by Lewis Foster, won the film's only Oscar®. As Capra later wrote, "Never make your greatest film the same year as GONE WITH THE WIND." As with Capra's MR. DEEDS, it spawned a 60's sitcom and a remake (BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON).

Cast
Jean Arthur
Saunders
James Stewart
Jefferson Smith
Claude Rains
Senator Joseph Paine
Edward Arnold
Jim Taylor
Guy Kibee
Governor Hopper
Thomas Mitchell
Diz Moore
Eugene Pallette
Chick McGann
Beulah Bondi
Ma Smith
H.B. Warner
Senate Majority Leader
Harry Carey
President of the Senate
Director
Frank Capra
Writer
Screenplay by Sidney Buchman; Story by Lewis R. Foster
Producer
Frank Capra
Facts
Oscars© Writing (Original Story)
Country USA
Language English
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