Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The week of October 3, 2010:

The movie of the week was a controversial film in its day, but nonetheless was very successful at the box-office. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington stars Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur with a superior supporting cast. The leading role of Jefferson Smith was perfect for Stewart and allowed him to finally become a major movie star.

Stars: Jimmy Stewart & Jean Arthur
Directed by: Frank Capra
Released in: 1939

Jefferson Smith is a naive and idealistic man who has just been appointed to Congress as a junior Senator. Once Smith arrives in Washington, he uncovers the shortcomings of the political process. As Smith’s goal of funding a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss Jim Taylor’s schedule, Taylor tries to corrupt and destroy Smith through a scandal.

Fact: The screenplay was originally purchased by Columbia to make the sequel for Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. The screenplay was entitled “Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington” and was to star Gary Cooper, reprising his role as Longfellow Deeds. However, Cooper was unavailable and the script was revised.

Fact: In 1942 a ban on American films was imposed in France. The title theaters chose Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as their last movie to show before the ban went into effect. One Paris theater reportedly screened the film nonstop for thirty days prior to the ban.

Awards: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington won one Oscar. Lewis R. Foster was honored with the Oscar for his Best Writing – Original Story. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington also received nominations in the following categories at the Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Art Direction, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music – Scoring, Best Picture, Best Sound – Recording, Best Writing – Screenplay, plus two nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

To view the trailer of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington visit:

As well, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington will air on the Turner Classic Movie channel on Sunday, October 3 at 8:00PM. Be sure to double-check your local listings and times at 

And as always, feel absolutely free to leave your comments:)


~ by discoveringtheclassics on October 3, 2010.

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