Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

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  • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Cast

  • Jean Arthur
  • James Stewart
  • Claude Rains
  • Edward Arnold
  • Guy Kibbee
  • Thomas Mitchell
  • Eugene Pallette
  • Beulah Bondi
  • H.B. Warner
  • Harry Carey

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The scenes where James Stewart wanders around in amazement at the Washington monuments were "stolen", since the US Parks Service had denied the studio permission to film near them.
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Goofs

  • (at around 18 mins) When Smith arrives in Washington on the train, he's seen walking towards the exit with a porter behind him carrying his bags. The next shot shows the same porter coming into the station carrying someone else's bags.
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Quotes

    • Jefferson Smith: You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that.
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Metacritic

100

Demonstrating that the greatest political evil is indifference, this appeal to a world on the verge of war has lost none of its relevance.

Metacritic review by David Parkinson
David Parkinson
Empire
100

[Capra] has paced it beautifully and held it in perfect balance, weaving his romance lightly through the political phases of his comedy, flicking a sardonic eye over the Washington scene, racing out to the hinterland to watch public opinion being made and returning miraculously in time to tie all the story threads together into a serious and meaningful dramatic pattern.

Metacritic review by Frank S. Nugent
Frank S. Nugent
The New York Times