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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington -- A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

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Director:
Writers:
Sidney Buchman (screen play)
Lewis R. Foster (story)
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Release Date:
19 October 1939 (USA) See more »
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Capra at his greatest! See more »
Plot:
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Capra & Stewart Make It Work Very Well See more (226 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Arthur ... Saunders

James Stewart ... Jefferson Smith

Claude Rains ... Senator Joseph Paine

Edward Arnold ... Jim Taylor
Guy Kibbee ... Governor Hopper

Thomas Mitchell ... Diz Moore

Eugene Pallette ... Chick McGann

Beulah Bondi ... Ma Smith

H.B. Warner ... Senate Majority Leader

Harry Carey ... President of the Senate
Astrid Allwyn ... Susan Paine
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. Hopper

Grant Mitchell ... Senator MacPherson
Porter Hall ... Senator Monroe
Larry Simms ... Hopper Boy (as Baby Dumpling)
H.V. Kaltenborn
Pierre Watkin ... Senate Minority Leader

Charles Lane ... Nosey

William Demarest ... Bill Griffith
Dick Elliott ... Carl Cook
Billy Watson ... Hopper Boy
Delmar Watson ... Hopper Boy

John Russell ... Hopper Boy (as John Russell)
Harry Watson ... Hopper Boy
Garry Watson ... Hopper Boy (as Gary Watson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Handwriting Expert (uncredited)
Harry Anderson ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Senator Hodges (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Senator Lancaster (uncredited)
Edwin August ... Senator (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Inventor at Smith's Office Door (uncredited)
Harry A. Bailey ... Senator Hammett (uncredited)
Tommy Baker ... Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Kathryn Bates ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Senate Clerk (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Hopper's Butler (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Family Man (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Arthur Kim (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ed Brewer ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Senator Dwight (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Mr. Edwards - Howling Citizen (uncredited)
Tommy Bupp ... Boy Cheering for Smith in Meeting (uncredited)
Harry Burkhardt ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Senator Dearhorn (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Third Radio Speaker (uncredited)
Ken Carpenter ... Announcer (uncredited)

Jack Carson ... Sweeney Farrell - Newsman (uncredited)
Burr Caruth ... Townsend (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Handwriting Expert (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Ragner - Newsman (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Reporter (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Committeeman (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Mrs. McGann (uncredited)
Richard Clucas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Shirley Coates ... Assistant Bartender (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Senator Gower (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Photographer (uncredited)

Dorothy Comingore ... Woman at Station (uncredited)
Chester Conklin ... Man in Press Section of Senate Gallery (uncredited)
Hal Cooke ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Cooper ... Waiter (uncredited)
Georgie Cooper ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... Photographer (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)

Anne Cornwall ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Barber (uncredited)
Maurice Costello ... Diggs - Newsman (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Speaker (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ... Paine's Secretary (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Senate Clerk (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Wally Dean ... Paine's Friend (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Hat Salesman / Secretary (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Clyde Dilson ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Secretary (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Senate Chaplain (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Paine's Secretary (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Taylor's Stooge (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Reporter (uncredited)

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Paine's Secretary (uncredited)
Jack Egan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Francis Scott Key (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Mabel Forrest ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Hopper's Secretary (uncredited)
Gladys Gale ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frances Gifford ... Hopper Girl (uncredited)
June Gittelson ... Woman at Station (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire ... Angry committee member (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Woman (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Black Committeeman (uncredited)
Lorna Gray ... Woman at Station (uncredited)
Roger Haliday ... Senate Guard (uncredited)
Wilfred Hari ... House Boy (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... First Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Henry Hebert ... Senator (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Soapbox Speaker (uncredited)
Fred Hoose ... Senator (uncredited)
Philip Hurlic ... Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Butler (uncredited)
John Ince ... Senator Fernwick (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Committeeman (uncredited)
Mitchell Ingraham ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Senator Byron (uncredited)
Dick Jensen ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ... Butler (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Pageboy Richard Jones (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Editor (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Joe King ... Summers - newsman (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Senator (uncredited)
Evalyn Knapp ... Reporter Asking 'What Do You Think of the Girls in This Town?' (uncredited)
Wright Kramer ... Senator Carlton (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Bobby Larson ... Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ... Boy Ranger (uncredited)
P.H. Levy ... Rabbi (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Edwards (uncredited)
Jack Lindquist ... Chorus Member (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Chief Clerk (uncredited)
Jane Loofbourrow ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Jackie Lowe ... Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ... Photographer (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Pompous Man (uncredited)
Stanley Mack ... Senator (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Head Sister (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Photographer (uncredited)
Margaret Mann ... Nun with Cheering Orphan Boys (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Man in Senate Building (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Senator Albert (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Assistant Bartender (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Reporter (uncredited)
George McKay ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lafe McKee ... Civil War Veteran at Lincoln Memorial (uncredited)
Sammy McKim ... Boy Ranger (uncredited)
James McNamara ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Middlemass ... Second Radio Announcer (uncredited)
James Millican ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Porter (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Man in Senate Building (uncredited)
Gene Morgan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Morgan ... Senate Clerk (uncredited)
William Newell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Nichols ... Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Field Norton ... Pompous Man (uncredited)
Alex Novinsky ... Foreign Diplomat (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Senator Alfred (uncredited)
Frank Otto ... Fisk (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Handwriting Expert (uncredited)
Spencer Quinn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Lang (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Senator Manchester (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Senator (uncredited)
Johnny Russell ... Otis Hopper (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Newspaperman with Pipe (uncredited)
Russell Simpson ... Kenneth Allen (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Senator Pickett (uncredited)
Harry Stafford ... Senator Atwater (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Senator Ashman (uncredited)
Paul Stanton ... Flood - Newsman (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Committeeman (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Foreign Diplomat (uncredited)

Robert Sterling ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Craig Stevens ... Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Committeeman (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Senator Burdette (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Pompous Man (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Committeewoman (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Senator Carlisle (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Arthur Thalasso ... Doorman (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Butler (uncredited)
Frank M. Thomas ... Hendricks (uncredited)
Layne Tom Jr. ... Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Porter (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Senator Grainger (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Mrs. Taylor (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frederick Vroom ... Paine's Friend (uncredited)
Bess Wade ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
David Wade ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Max Waizmann ... Photographer (uncredited)
Robert Walker ... Senator Holland (uncredited)
Myonne Walsh ... Jane Hopper (uncredited)
John Ward ... Photographer (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Schultz - Newsman (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Senate Guard (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
Eleanor Wood ... Committeewoman (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Committeeman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Sidney Buchman (screen play)

Lewis R. Foster (story)

Myles Connolly  contributor to screenplay construction and dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark (film editor)
Gene Havlick (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Makeup Department
Faye Hanlin .... hair (uncredited)
Helen Hunt .... hair (uncredited)
William Knight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)
Rex Bailey .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Richard McWhorter .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Vidor .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Walter Holscher .... set designer (uncredited)
George Montgomery .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cary Odell .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jack Wrenn .... prop master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
John P. Livadary .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Jackman Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Slavko Vorkapich .... montage effects
John Hoffman .... montage effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hager .... head electrician (uncredited)
William Jolley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George F. Kelley .... second operative camera (uncredited)
Al Layter .... assistant electrician (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... photographer: production stills (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Lloyd .... head grip (uncredited)
Enzo A. Martinelli .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Adolph L. Schafer .... special portrait art (uncredited)
Victor Scheurich .... first operative camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Forrest T. Butler .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Ray Howell .... head of wardrobe (uncredited)
Roselle Novello .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
R.H. Bassett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James D. Preston .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Joseph Sistrom .... production assistant (uncredited)
Harold Winston .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
129 min | West Germany:120 min (TV)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | South Korea:12 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #5370) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Bitterly denounced by Washington insiders angry at its allegations of corruption, yet banned by fascist states in Europe who were afraid it showed that democracy works.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the governor enters the Smith's home (with the band playing) we see, from the inside, Ma closing the door almost shut. When the scene shifts to outside the house, Ma is again closing the same door.See more »
Quotes:
Jefferson Smith:I wouldn't give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn't have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.See more »
Soundtrack:
(Oh My Darling) ClementineSee more »

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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Capra & Stewart Make It Work Very Well, 27 September 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Frank Capra and James Stewart were nearly unsurpassed at the task of taking the kind of story that is optimistic but that borders on being trite, and making it into a satisfying, worthwhile movie. In "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington", they accomplish this with a little help from Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, and Edward Arnold. It's not quite on the level of "It's a Wonderful Life", but it is as good as almost anything else of its kind.

Stewart's performance is important right from the beginning - hardly anyone else could have been believable as the earnest unknown who suddenly becomes an important political figure. Even his wide-eyed appreciation for what he sees in Washington comes across believably. As the story gets more complicated and his character is developed further, Stewart is even better.

The secondary characters are also important, because the story itself is a rather stylized, though still worthwhile, statement about politics. The characters are more believable than are many of the plot developments. Rains contributes a lot as Stewart's troubled colleague, and Jean Arthur is a natural for this kind of role. Arnold plays his devious character well. Capra holds it all together with his craftsmanship, keeping the story on track and getting the most out of the situation.

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