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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939

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

Release Date:
October 19, 1939
129 min
Frank Capra
Joe King, Chester Conklin, Harry Anderson, ...

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Solar rating: 8.5


Imdb rating: 8.3



yay for mr smith
Something I would have never picked out on my own. After being forced to watch it, I enjoyed it.
Fist Five reviews, it's great to have joined. I'm not much for words, at least not right now anyway, but more than likely, I'll get into the swing of things sooner or later.
jimmy stewart is one of my favorite actors, so i bought this movie without previously viewing it. i wasn't disappointed. this movie was made around the time where the cynicism that is now synonymous with politics began to rear its ugly head. yet it offers a light of hope. this movie shows that while yes, there is a lot of corruption in politics, if someone is willing to stand for right and human decency our country's ideals will stand. very hopeful for a movie created on the brink of ww2.

stewart plays a "wet behind the ears" young man that gets appointed to congress. his boyish enthusiasm is very refreshing, and for the other characters unbelievable. kinda in a "mr. deeds goes to town" way. he displays the anguish that the character goes through when learning of the true natures of those around him in a very moving way. claude rains plays the senator that was once on the side of the right with a appropriate mix of loftiness and humanity shown thru his guilt. jean arthur and thomas mitchell also add their comedic and dramatic talents to this film.

though many are too cynical today to believe in the character's ideals, this movie leaves the audience with a desire for a more decent, look-out-for-your-fellow-man world. director frank capra always has a way of pulling at the strings of our humanity and leaving us with an optimistic view.
The Good Seed: When a junior senator dies, the govenor of his state must replace him. He does so with a young, idealistic man who tries to change things in Washington politics and finds himself quite in over his head.

.... Everything You Always... ext... was a hit of miss, but when it hit, it hit well.

Mr. Smith, was terrific despite its know Kapra flaws, which can, and were (by me) interpurited as strenths. Ala sentimentalism (spelling).

Guys and Dolls was exactly as I thought it would be, fun. A litle bit heavy on the dance, turned a short-ish play a lil to long with that and the added songs, but still enjoyable to say the least.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur

This is a wonderful Frank Capra film about a ordinary youth group leader (Stewart) who is appointed U.S. Senator by the Governor of his state. He encounters all of the less-than-ideal situations one might expect, but weathers the political storm briliantly. It's a feel-good, patriotic film whose message is timeless. Stewart is excellent as always, and Claude Rains is terrific as the senior state senator. Watch for the small yet brilliant performance of Harry Carey as the Vice President/President of the Senate.
Great but would have been a 10 if they cut out maybe 10 minutes or so.

So my 70's persona grows up... and sees Harvey Keitel in this movie.
His intensity is gone, and he looks very very tired.
Why Keitel?
The movie itself is no Indiana Jones, but at least it's not Tomb Raider either.

More on Mr. Smith later...
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