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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

129 min - Comedy, Drama - 19 October 1939
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Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.

Director:  Frank Capra
Stars:  James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, Colin James Mackey, Harry Carey, H.B. Warner, Grant Mitchell, Pierre Watkin, Porter Hall, Astrid Allwyn, Ruth Donnelly, Charles Lane, William Demarest, Dick Elliott, Russell Simpson, Delmar Watson, John Russell, Frances Gifford, Larry Simms, Billy Watson, Harry Watson, Garry Watson, Wilson Benge, Dickie Jones, H.V. Kaltenborn, Erville Alderson, Frank Puglia, Maurice Cass, Stanley Andrews, Al Bridge, Edwin August, Edmund Cobb, Sam Ash, Harry A. Bailey, Stanley Mack, Brooks Benedict, Wade Boteler, Dorothy Comingore, Chester Conklin, Gino Corrado, Ann Doran, Robert Emmett Keane, Matt McHugh, Kathryn Bates, Frank Austin, William Arnold, Tommy Baker, Robert Sterling, Dub Taylor, George Chandler, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones, Jack Carson, Tommy Bupp, Dora Clement, Bert Moorhouse, Harry C. Bradley, Lynton Brent, Ed Brewer, Harlan Briggs, Harry Burkhardt, Frederick Burton, Georgia Caine, Ken Carpenter, Burr Caruth, Allan Cavan, Eddy Chandler, Davison Clark, Richard Clucas, Shirley Coates, Eddie Coke, Hal Cooke, Alec Craig, Anne Cornwall, George Cooper, Georgie Cooper, Jack Cooper, Nick Copeland, Vernon Dent, Maurice Costello, Beatrice Curtis, Lew Davis, Dulcie Day, Wally Dean, Harry Depp, Byron Foulger, Helen Jerome Eddy, Douglas Evans, Joe Devlin, Clyde Dilson, John Dilson, Neal Dodd, Lester Dorr, Robert Dudley, Edward Earle, Jack Egan, Eddie Fetherston, Mabel Forrest, Gladys Gale, Jack Gardner, Mary Gordon, June Gittelson, Lorna Gray, Harry Hayden, Louis Jean Heydt, John Ince, Frank Jaquet, Philo McCullough, Wright Kramer, Henry Hebert, Fred Hoose, Richard Kipling, Roger Haliday, Wilfred Hari, Philip Hurlic, Olaf Hytten, Lloyd Ingraham, Mitchell Ingraham, Dick Jensen, John Lester Johnson, Eddie Kane, Donald Kerr, Milton Kibbee, Joe King, Evalyn Knapp, Paul Kruger, Bobby Larson, Billy Lechner, Jackie Lowe, P.H. Levy, Vera Lewis, Jack Lindquist, George Lloyd, Arthur Loft, Jack Low, Jimmie Lucas, Mary MacLaren, Hank Mann, Margaret Mann, Eric Mayne, Ralph McCullough, George McKay, Lafe McKee, Ben Taggart, Field Norton, Wilfred Lucas, Sammy McKim, James McNamara, William Newell, Robert Middlemass, James Millican, Howard M. Mitchell, Charles R. Moore, Gene Morgan, Robert Morgan, Ray Nichols, Alex Novinsky, Frank O'Connor, Frank Otto, Joe Palma, Spencer Quinn, Tom Quinn, Ed Randolph, Charles Regan, Jack Rice, Wyndham Standing, Ferris Taylor, Jack Richardson, Walter Soderling, Harry Stafford, Victor Travers, Carl Stockdale, Robert Walker, Henry Roquemore, Craig Stevens, Paul Stanton, Johnny Russell, Walter Sande, Frank M. Thomas, Harry Strang, Harry Tenbrook, Dave Willock, Lloyd Whitlock, John Tyrrell, Frederick Vroom, Charles Sullivan, Arthur Thalasso, Edward Thomas, Laura Treadwell, Layne Tom Jr., Myonne Walsh, Billy Wayne, Max Waizmann, John Ward, Jane Loofbourrow, Blanche Payson, Emma Tansey, Bess Wade, Florence Wix, Eleanor Wood, Jesse Graves, Gus Glassmire, Larry Steers, Landers Stevens, William Worthington, Edward Biby, Count Stefenelli, David Wade, Frank McLure

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Storyline

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.



Tagline: Romance, drama, laughter and heartbreak... created out of the very heart and soil of America!

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Details

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Language:  English
Release Date:  19 October 1939

Box Office

Budget:  $1,500,000
Revenue:  $9,600,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Columbia Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 09 min

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