Mr. Smith Goes To Washington



Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra’s MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, the award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. When Frank Capra decided to film the novel “The Gentleman From Montana”, he ran into an obstacle Director Rouben Mamoulian owned the rights to the story. Unwilling to sell, Mamoulian eventually traded the material to Columbia on the condition that he be allowed to direct Golden Boy. As Capra began working on the film, now called MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, it was suggested that Gary Copper, the star of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, take the lead. Capra selected Jimmy Stewart instead and the film solidified Stewart’s movie career, garnering him his first Academy Award® nomination. Receiving a total of eleven 1939 Oscar® nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), and winning one (Best Motion Picture Story), MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is considered one of Capra’s, Stewart’s and Columbia’s finest films. It also marked the end of an era. It was Capra’s final film for the studio. © 1939, renewed 1967 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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10 thoughts on “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

  • March 13, 2018 at 10:14 am
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    Please!
    Let us see this movie for free. Thank You!

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  • March 13, 2018 at 10:14 am
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    It's well worth $3 to see this film, as it's fully restored and in it's original length. It's a wonderful and classic film.

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  • March 13, 2018 at 10:14 am
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    Jean Arthur, in addition to her accomplishments as an actress, evidently was quite a musician. Listen to her tossed-off, very brief excursion on piano at about – shortly after 55:17. Yes, that's her actual live playing, not somebody dubbed in later. She's all stream-of-consciousness, acting the part of Saunders, but playing some beautiful snatches of piano, very 20th-century modern, akin to Ravel or Bix Beiderbecke. Too bad it lasts only for a few seconds. I could chuck the movie and listen to Miss Arthur play for two hours.

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  • March 13, 2018 at 10:14 am
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    Here's a movie that came out in 1939. It also was an award winning movie that Frank Capra was repeatedly told by politicians it was terrible and shouldn't be shown. Why, even old Joe Kennedy said it was next to criminal!! Imagine that!! Well, Capra paid no attention to what all advised. Instead he went ahead and produced it. It won awards because the American people didn't feel the same way as the politicians. See anything familiar with this? Well, if you get a chance to watch this, or if you've seen it before and remember the story line, you'll see how much has not changed over the years. Politicians are still crooked, work as a big machine in favor of only their own gains, and will stoop to any level to destroy a person or idea that is good and that will be for the benefit of the people. This movie teaches us that even when we feel we are at the bottom of the barrel, we need to continue the fight until we hit a decent cord with someone who will turn the tide. Great movie!! Politicians and media…..still, after all these years, still operate very underhandedly to gain our trust. And yet, you can't trust a one!!!

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  • March 13, 2018 at 10:14 am
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    why should I pay $3 for a movie that came out in the 30s? this should be public domain.

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