Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1939. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Story by Lewis R. Foster, Screenplay by Sidney Buchman. Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Produced by Frank Capra. Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Production Design by Lionel Banks. ostume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Al Clark, Gene Havlick. Academy Awards 1939.
Frank Capra feel-good Americana about a pure-hearted boy-scout leader turned newbie Senator (James Stewart) who gets a job in the government not realizing that he’s being counted on to not push buttons or raise important questions. Against the desires of the corrupt officials surrounding him, Stewart suddenly finds himself squaring off with corrupt Senator Claude Rains in a battle to keep the elite group from taking advantage of the Ordinary Man. Jean Arthur is a real kicker as the girl who believes in him, a role she often played in Capra films, but one she played extremely well every time. After seeing this make sure you see Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, it’s even better.