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1939 American dramatic film, Oscar-nominated and winner for Original Story

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film directed by Frank Capra, starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart, and featuring Claude Rains and Edward Arnold. The film is about a newly appointed United States Senator who fights against a corrupt political system, and was written by Sidney Buchman, based on Lewis R. Foster's unpublished story "The Gentleman from Montana". The film was controversial when it was first released, but was also successful at the box office, and made Stewart a major movie star.

Cast and Crew

Claude RainsSenator Joseph Harrison Paine
James StewartJefferson Smith

Web Pages

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - IMDb

Video Products

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), 22 Feb 2000


Libertarian Movies & Films: The Top 25
List of 25 films considered "best of the best", includes general description, link to longer review page, content topics and review quotes
An ordinary American appointed to the Senate is nearly destroyed by a corrupt political machine, but triumphs in the end. ... 'A stirring and even inspiring testament to liberty and freedom, to simplicity and honesty and to the innate dignity of just the average man.' –New York Times


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1938)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
Think all hope for liberty is lost? Need some inspiration? This is the film to watch. This hero's quixotic battle of one against the ill-informed many is an image with which many libertarians will identify. ... The hero doesn't really understand these ideas well enough to identify what's gone wrong in Washington, but he does succeed at least in rooting out a thicket of political crookedness.


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Official Trailer (Nominated Oscar / Best Picture), 1939

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