Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

FRANK CAPRA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by .  Production Design by .  ostume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1939.  

Claude Rains and James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Both were nominated for Oscars for their performances.

Frank Capra feel-good Americana about a pure-hearted boy-scout leader turned newbie Senator () 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 in a battle to keep the elite group from taking advantage of the Ordinary Man. 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.

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