Button Gwinett Brown is a freshman congressman on a mission to rid Washington of corruption. He quickly runs afoul of the powerful Senator Norton, while falling for the granddaughter of the...
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Button Gwinett Brown is a freshman congressman on a mission to rid Washington of corruption. He quickly runs afoul of the powerful Senator Norton, while falling for the granddaughter of the kindly senator Wylie. He then teams up with some members of the Bonus Army to foil the villains' plans. Written by
The title is taken from a popular 1931 best selling book, "Washington Merry-Go-Round," by Robert Sharon Allen and Drew Pearson. Columbia bought the rights to the title only, and then hired Maxwell Anderson to write a fictionalized story about corruption in Washington, D.C.. See more »
Button Gwinett Brown:
[making his maiden speech in Congress]
. . .The Digger bill is a barefaced attempt to loot the Treasury to the tune of two million dollars of the people's money. I'm only a greenhorn; I don't know what it's all about
Button Gwinett Brown:
. . . . Maybe two million dollars isn't important in a four billion dollar budget. But this is important, gentlemen: A lot of you are going to vote for the Digger bill, which you haven't even read, so that others will vote for *your* bill, which *they* haven't read...
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I have enjoyed exploring older films and came across Lee Tracy who was a bit of a star in the thirties. He was fast talking and had a huge presence on the screen. Personal problems with alcohol derailed his career later on. I had found this film, Washington-Merry-Go-Round, and was looking forward to watching it. It was an early thirties film with some politically incorrect portrayals of black characters. It reflected the times of the making of this movie so I accepted it with a slight jolt. My main problem was that this movie was so heavy handed making it's statement about corrupt people with money controlling politicians. The monologues were overly long and simplistic. The movie did have a few good moments but it is not a movie that I would recommend spending my time watching. There are too many better movies to watch.
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