Mr. Smith Goes To Washington


(out of 5)

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.

Columbia Pictures Corporation

USA, 1939

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by Frank Capra

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Award
Best Writing (Original Story) (Lewis R. Foster)

Best Actor (James Stewart as “Jefferson Smith”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Harry Carey as “President of the Senate”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Claude Rains as “Senator Joseph Paine”)
Best Art Direction (Lionel Banks)
Best Directing (Frank Capra)
Best Film Editing (Gene Havlick, Al Clark)
Best Music (Scoring) (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Outstanding Production (Columbia)
Best Sound Recording (Columbia Studio Sound Department, John Livadary, sound director)
Best Writing (Screenplay) (Sidney Buchman)

James Stewart


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