Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

★★★★★ USA. 2h10m. Comedy / Drama. Directed by Frank Capra. Written by Sidney Buchman, Myles Connolly (screenplay) and Lewis R. Foster (“The Gentleman From Montana”). Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Edited by Gene Havlick, Al Clark. Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, H.B. Warner, Harry Carey.

A newly appointed United States Senator fights against a corrupt political system. Controversial when it was first released, but successful at the box office, and it made Stewart a major star. It was also loosely based on the life of Montana U.S. Senator Burton Wheeler, who underwent a similar experience when he was investigating the Warren Harding administration.

Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story.

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