Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Released Date: October 19, 1939
Director: Frank Capra
Actors: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, and H. B. Warner

     It seems that every movie James Stewart touches is magic. He is what every man wants to be, and every girl wants a guy just like him. Plus, being sweet, kind, funny, and smart, James Stewart also seems to pick out movies that have all of the good qualities a man can have. This is another movie that Stewart and actress Jean Arthur are in together. Although Jean Arthur was not a huge fan of his, and did not like working with Stewart. But that did not stop Frank Capra from thinking they have great on screen chemistry. What do you think?

     Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) is a young, and naive man. But who also is a fan favorite of young boys all around. The Governor, of which state? I'm not sure! Hubert Hopper (Guy Kibbee) has to pick a new U.S. Senator for the now deceased, Sam Foley. Although Hopper, who is also nicknamed Happy in the movie, is asked by his boss, Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold) to pick a not-so loved man. But the governor's kids tell him to pick Jefferson Smith! Why? Because he is the head of the Boy Rangers, and he is such a swell guy. Hopper becomes unsure as to who to pick, either his boss's man, or his kids. So he flips a coin and ends up choosing Smith! Smith is taken in, and taken care of by Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains) who is also Smith's deceased father's friend. During his stay in the government, Smith tries his hand at passing a bill to authorize a loan to buy land for a boy's camp. Will it work? Hopefully, because holding a filibuster is a huge waste of time if the end result is not in your favor. Maybe Clarissa Saunders (Jean Arthur) can cheer the boy up?

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