Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

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  • Genre(s): Drama Comedy
  • Release year: 1939
  • Running time: 129 min
Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra's MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, the award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless... read more
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Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra's MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, the award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. When Frank Capra decided to film the novel "The Gentleman From Montana", he ran into an obstacle Director Rouben Mamoulian owned the rights to the story. Unwilling to sell, Mamoulian eventually traded the material to Columbia on the condition that he be allowed to direct Golden Boy. As Capra began working on the film, now called MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, it was suggested that Gary Copper, the star of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, take the lead. Capra selected Jimmy Stewart instead and the film solidified Stewart's movie career, garnering him his first Academy Award® nomination. Receiving a total of eleven 1939 Oscar® nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), and winning one (Best Motion Picture Story), MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is considered one of Capra's, Stewart's and Columbia's finest films. It also marked the end of an era. It was Capra's final film for the studio.

Original Release

10/19/1939

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Cast

Claude Rains Senator Joseph Paine
Edward Albert
James Stewart Jefferson Smith
Jean Arthur Saunders
Thomas Mitchell Diz Moore
Edward Arnold Jim Taylor
Guy Kibbee Governor Hopper
Eugene Pallette Chick McGann
Beulah Bondi Ma Smith
Harry Carey President of the Senate
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Frank Capra

Writers

Lewis R. Foster, Sidney Buchman, Myles Connolly

Cast

Claude Rains Senator Joseph Paine
Edward Albert
James Stewart Jefferson Smith
Jean Arthur Saunders
Thomas Mitchell Diz Moore
Edward Arnold Jim Taylor
Guy Kibbee Governor Hopper
Eugene Pallette Chick McGann
Beulah Bondi Ma Smith
Harry Carey President of the Senate
H.B. Warner Senate Majority Leader
Grant Mitchell Senator MacPherson
Pierre Watkin Senate Minority Leader
Porter Hall Senator Monroe
Astrid Allwyn Susan Paine
Ruth Donnelly Mrs. Hopper
Charles Lane Nosey
William Demarest Bill Griffith
Dick Elliott Carl Cook
Russell Simpson Kenneth Allen

Producers

Frank Capra Producer

Editors

Al Clark, Gene Havlick

1940 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Writing, Original Story Won
1940 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Art Direction Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Sound, Recording Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Film Editing Nominated
1940 Oscar Best Music, Scoring Nominated
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