Rating: 8 stars
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Seen on: 06/16/2011
Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.
Rated NR | Length 129 minutes
James Stewart | Jack Carson | Ann Doran | Mary Gordon | Thomas Mitchell | Claude Rains | John Russell | Dub Taylor | Russell Simpson | Eugene Pallette | Gino Corrado | Dorothy Comingore | H.V. Kaltenborn | Hank Mann | Louis Jean Heydt | Frederick Vroom | Porter Hall | Beulah Bondi | William Demarest | Robert Sterling | Alec Craig | Charles Lane | Craig Stevens | Vera Lewis | Carl Stockdale | Guy Kibbee | Chester Conklin | Wilfred Lucas | Jean Arthur | Edward Arnold | Harry Carey | Ruth Donnelly | Grant Mitchell | Pierre Watkin | Dick Elliott | Billy Watson | Delmar Watson | Harry Watson | Garry Watson | Larry Simms | Dora Clement | Olaf Hytten | George Chandler | H.B. Warner | Robert Middlemass | Helen Jerome Eddy | Harlan Briggs | Walter Soderling | Arthur Loft | Jack Rice | Bobby Larson | Stanley Andrews | Edward Earle | Dave Willock | Edmund Cobb | Dickie Jones | Frederick Burton | Frances Gifford | Joe Devlin | George Lloyd | Frank Jaquet | Joe King | John Ward | John Ince | Henry Roquemore | Lloyd Whitlock | Frank Puglia | Walter Sande | Eddie Kane | Lorna Gray | Byron Foulger | John Tyrrell | George McKay | Tommy Bupp | James Millican | Harry Hayden | Douglas Evans | Evalyn Knapp | Robert Emmett Keane | William Newell | Matt McHugh | Brooks Benedict | Milton Kibbee | Billy Wayne | Paul Kruger | Harry Depp | Astrid Allwyn | Landers Stevens | Eddy Chandler | Layne Tom Jr. | Al Bridge | Maurice Cass | Paul Stanton | Wade Boteler | Mary MacLaren | Jack Gardner | Lester Dorr | Frank O'Connor | Hal Cooke | Lynton Brent | Lloyd Ingraham | Max Waizmann | Sammy McKim | Burr Caruth | Vernon Dent | Bert Moorhouse | Lafe McKee | Charles Sullivan | Harry Strang | Eddie Fetherston | Donald Kerr | Larry Steers | Laura Treadwell | Blanche Payson | Allan Cavan | Anne Cornwall | Ben Taggart | Gene Morgan | Eric Mayne | Stanley Mack | Jack Richardson | Tom Quinn | George Cooper | Robert Dudley | Johnny Russell | John Dilson | Wyndham Standing | Frank McLure | Erville Alderson | Sam Ash | Ferris Taylor | Wilson Benge | Harry C. Bradley | Charles Regan | Harry Tenbrook | Fred 'Snowflake' Toones | William Worthington | Howard M. Mitchell | Frank M. Thomas | Frank Austin | Gus Glassmire | Margaret Mann | Charles R. Moore | June Gittelson | Beatrice Curtis | Davison Clark | Edwin August | Ralph McCullough | Arthur Thalasso | Maurice Costello | Robert Walker | Philip Hurlic | Jack Egan | Jack Cooper | Philo McCullough | Georgia Caine | Gladys Gale | Clyde Dilson | Richard Kipling | Nick Copeland | Lew Davis | Henry Hebert | Dick Jensen | Joe Palma | Florence Wix | Emma Tansey | Field Norton | William Arnold | Frank Otto | Georgie Cooper | Victor Travis | Harry A. Bailey | Eddie Coke | Neal Dodd | Tommy Baker | John Lester Johnson | Harry Burkhardt | Wright Kramer | Edward Biby | Robert Morgan | Spencer Quinn | Alex Novinsky | Jack Low | Harry Stafford | Billy Lechner | Edward Thomas | Mitchell Ingraham | Shirley Coates | Jack Lindquist | Jimmie Lucas | Jesse Graves | Kathryn Bates | James McNamara | Eleanor Wood | P.H. Levy | Ray Nichols | Fred Hoose | Ken Carpenter | Count Stefenelli | David Wade | Richard Clucas | Bess Wade | Ed Randolph | Dulcie Day | Jane Loofbourrow | Ed Brewer | Wally Dean | Mabel Forrest | Roger Haliday | Wilfred Hari | Jackie Lowe | Myonne Walsh | Colin James Mackey
Ah, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). A staple Frank Capra classic with all the sentimental hallmarks you’d expect and want. If you buy into this world the movie fires beautifully on every cylinder. But it’s also terribly sappy that fortunately is overcome by its charm. Jimmy Stewart is typically excellent but I really like Claude Rains the most. Yes, another blindspot film.