Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Movie Review 1939

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Another classic from Hollywood's golden year of 1939. Jimmy Stewart is an idealistic and naive young man selected to fill in for an ailing Senator. Upon his arrival in the Capitol, he is inundated by a multitude of corrupt politicians. He takes a stand for his beliefs and tries to denounce many of those he feels are unfit for their positions, meeting with opposition from all sides. Great cast is highlighted by Stewart in one of his most endearing performances. Quintessential Capra tale sharply adapted from Lewis Foster's story. Outstanding in every regard.


Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL:

Available on VHS
Running time 130 minutes.

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Politics, Ethics & Morals, Rebel With a Cause, Capitol Capers, Top Grossing Films of 1939, Director/Star Teams: Capra & Stewart, 4 Bones
Sidney Buchman
James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Claude Rains, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Eugene Pallette, Guy Kibbee, Harry Carey, H.B. Warner, Porter Hall, Jack Carson, Charles Lane
Frank Capra
Dimitri Tiomkin
Columbia Pictures


Oscars 1939: Story; AFI 1998: Top 100, Natl. Film Reg. 1989;; N.Y. Film Critics 1939: Actor (Stewart).

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