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Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains) stiffly attends as Junior Senator Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) launches into an impassioned filibuster.
Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains) stiffly attends as Junior Senator Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) launches into an impassioned filibuster.

Thumbnail for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 84
Notable as: Comedy-dramaGenre: comedy film, comedy-drama, political fictionNarrative location: WashingtonRuntime: 120 - 129 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: WashingtonDirector: Frank CapraScreenwriter: Sidney Buchman, Lewis R. FosterMusic: Dimitri TiomkinCinematography: Joseph WalkerStars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Charles Lane, Thomas Mitchell, Harry Carey, Eugene Pallette, Porter Hall, Guy Kibbee Producer: Frank CapraStudio: Columbia PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Story (Lewis R. Foster)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (James Stewart)
Academy Award for Best Director (Frank Capra)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Gene Havlick)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment (Dimitri Tiomkin)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Harry Carey)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Sidney Buchman)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about one man's effect on American politics. It was directed by Frank Capra and written by Sidney Buchman, based on Lewis R. Foster's unpublished story. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was controversial when it was released, but also successful at the box office, and made Stewart a major movie star. The film features a bevy of well-known supporting actors and actresses, among them Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell and Beulah Bondi. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story. In 1989, the Library of Congress added the movie to the United States National Film Registry, for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


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