Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Poster


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High Hopes: The Capra Years (1981) (TV Movie)


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1962) (TV Series)


Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Someone says, "Uh-Oh, Tarzan." He is referring to Jefferson Smith as Tarzan.

Referenced in 

From Nurse to Worse (1940) (Short)
Poster displayed outside theatre.
The Haunted Mouse (1941) (Short)
Sign: "Mr. Smith Ghost to Washington."
Citizen Kane (1941)
It is referenced.
Hollywood Steps Out (1941) (Short)
Destination Murder (1950)
Poster seen outside the theatre
Topper: Topper Goes to Washington (1954) (TV Episode)
From the title
The FBI Story (1959)
Route 66: Trap at Cordova (1961) (TV Episode)
Buz tells Tod that if Mr. Smith can go to Washington, Tod can go speak in front of the New Mexico Senate.
The Jack Benny Program: Jack Directs Film (1963) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the TV host interviewing Jimmy Stewart.
Take Her, She's Mine (1963)
Frank (James Stewart) says he's mistaken for a movie star ever since "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" came out (James Stewart being the protagonist of that movie, of course).
Network (1976)
an obituary for Sidney Buchman mentioning that he wrote the film is shown on screen
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
Academy Award nominee for best actor read by Spencer Tracy
The Survivors (1983)
The television station voice-over announces this movie coming up in their schedule.
Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
Referenced by Albert
Power (1986)
Phillip Aarons refers to the film.
The Stepfather (1987)
The stepfather quotes the character Jefferson Smith as being "a believer in lost causes".
Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/Bryan Ferry (1987) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Reagan/Gorbachov cold opening.
Mr. Miller Goes to Washington Starring Dennis Miller (1988) (TV Special)
title is a reference
Which Side Are You on Billy Bragg? (1988) (Video)
Title is parody of Capra's film.
The Cosby Show: Mrs. Huxtable Goes to Kindergarten (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: James Stewart/Jim Fowler (1989) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Johnny as he introduces James Stewart
The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1990) (TV Short)
mentioned once
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) (TV Episode)
Gamera: "With Kenny at my side, I look like Jimmy Stewart in 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'"
The Simpsons: Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference. The plot about Lisa discovering corruption in Washington
Murphy Brown: The Smiths Go to Washington (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
JFK (1991)
Cited by director Oliver Stone as influence.
Bob Roberts (1992)
Dave (1993)
Mr. Bill Goes to Washington (1993) (Short)
title reference
The Critic: Eyes on the Prize (1994) (TV Episode)
a poster of the film is seen in Jay's office
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Gripes of Wrath (1994) (TV Episode)
Duckman says: "You think I'm licked. You all think I'm licked. Well I'm not licked!"
Beverly Hills, 90210: Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington (1994) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Critic: Dr. Jay (1994) (TV Episode)
a poster for the film is seen in Jay's office
Women of the House: Miss Sugarbaker Goes to Washington (1995) (TV Episode)
Numerous references throughout the episode.
The Critic: Lady Hawke (1995) (TV Episode)
a poster for the film is seen in Jay's office
The Critic: All the Duke's Men (1995) (TV Episode)
a poster for the film is seen in Jay's office
The American President (1995)
mentioned by name in conversation with Sydney and gate security guard.
The Secret World of Alex Mack: Ray Goes to Washington (1996) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Mantis (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: Mr. Mantis goes to Washing-death.
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Boy II Man (1997) (TV Episode)
The film is for sale on VHS in Media Mania.
Dharma & Greg: Mr. Montgomery Goes to Washington (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Dawson's Creek: Hurricane (1998) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Ryan: I used to be a big fan of motion pictures. Frank Capra, "It's a Wonderful Life", "Mr. Smith Goes to Washinton", "Pocket Full of Miracles." Simple desires fulfilled, aspirations realized.
Will & Grace: Head Case (1998) (TV Episode)
Jack mentions it
JAG: Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington (1998) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Terror Firmer (1999)
"Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for."
Action: Mr. Dragon Goes to Washington (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Futurama: A Head in the Polls (1999) (TV Episode)
the scene on the steps of the presidential memorial
Frank Capra Jr. Remembers... Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1999) (Video)
Short made for video documentary about this film.
Mr. Smithereen Goes to Washington (2001)
title reference
Family Guy: Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington (2001) (TV Episode)
title reference
Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature (2001) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Frank Darabont, and the movie poster is shown.
Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington (2001) (TV Movie)
title reference
The Simpsons: Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington (2003) (TV Episode)
title of the episode is similar to the one of the movie
The West Wing: Freedonia (2005) (TV Episode)
During a conversation about the influence of the Dover Herald, Josh says "Frank Capra eat your heart out".
Destroy All Humans! (2005) (Video Game)
The level titles are takes on movies. One level was called Mr. Crypto Goes to Capitol City.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
near the end when Nick is about to enter the Senate to testify, and gets mobbed by reporters, someone says something to the effect of "Do you still feel like Jimmy Stewart?"
Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? (2006)
Title inspired by
Brothers & Sisters: Valentine's Day Massacre (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
A poster for this film appears at the movie theater across the street from Mary Jane's apartment.
Smallville: Prototype (2007) (TV Episode)
Chloe says, "Mrs. Kent goes to Washington...Well if anyone can give Jimmy Stewart a run for his money..."
Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington (2007)
title reference
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 23 January 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Dennis Miller references this film.
Mr. Firth Goes to Washington (2008)
title reference
Warner at War (2008) (TV Movie)
title mentioned by narrator; poster seen
Samuel 17 (2009) (Short)
Contains a similar, political story that also carries a populist David vs Goliath story.
Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith (2009) (TV Movie)
Title refers to the 1939 classic
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.88 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $600 clue in the category "Movie Politicians"
Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today (2010) (Video)
mentioned by Peter Bogdanovich
Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey/The Black Keys (2011) (TV Episode)
The fortune teller imitates Jimmy Stewart as Mr. Smith.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Someone refers to James Stewart as "Mr. Smith".
Conan: Mr. Smith Goes to Hades (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Neighbours: Episode #1.6203 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jim mentions this
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Son of Frankenstein (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned among hit movies from 1939
Sutekina kanashibari (2011)
Japanese DVD has dialogue from the film
Stars of the Silver Screen: James Stewart (2011) (TV Episode)
The film is discussed.
Parks and Recreation: Ms. Knope Goes to Washington (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Glee: The Break-Up (2012) (TV Episode)
Emma: "Oh my goodness, Mr. Schuester goes to Washington!"
The Cinema Snob: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) (TV Episode)
"Doesn't every director want to make films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
Mr. Box Office: Mr. Jackson Goes to Washington (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Anna Nicole (2013) (TV Movie)
In the Today clip, Matt Lauer says "Mrs. Smith went to Washington and won."
Saints Row IV (2013) (Video Game)
Quest title "The Boss Goes to Washington" is a reference to this movie
Scandal: Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
poster shown, mentioned as one of the classic Best Picture nominees of 1939
Tosh.0: Ben's Video Resume (2014) (TV Episode)
"Mr. Tosh Goes to Washington"
About a Boy: About a Christmas Card (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Will
The Exes: Holly Franklin Goes to Washington (2015) (TV Episode)
title reference
Home Fires: Episode #1.6 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Neon (2015)
Advertised on a theatre marquee.
Hollywood Game Night: Mr. Smith Goes to Game Night (2015) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Bones: The Senator in the Street Sweeper (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by James Aubrey when talking about the deceased Sen. O'Malley.
Agent X: Sacrifice (2015) (TV Episode)
President Thomas Eckhart watches the film and talks about with Vide President Natalie Maccabee.
Documentary Now!: Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 1 (2016) (TV Episode)
Referenced by the narrator

Featured in 

Gidget: All the Best Diseases Are Taken (1965) (TV Episode)
Gidget watches this film on television and some footage from it is shown.
Film Extra: Frank Capra (1974) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975)
archival footage
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart (1980) (TV Special)
End of filibuster
The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985) (TV Special)
The Statue of Liberty (1985)
features clip
The Moviemakers: The Films of Frank Capra (1985) (TV Episode)
Clips with James Stewart and Others
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Siskel & Ebert: Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Aria/The Great Outdoors (1988) (TV Episode)
A clip of the climactic Senate speech is shown in the segment about the Film Preservation Act.
The Congress (1988) (TV Movie)
clips shown
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
It's right after the clip of "San Francisco", when Jimmy Stewart turns his head to the camera
Siskel & Ebert: Men in Black/Wild America/Out to Sea (1997) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the segment on James Stewart.
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV Movie)
Includes clips from the film
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #29 on the list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: Against the Grain (1998) (TV Movie)
Cited as one of best 100 movies in last 100 years
Dawson's Creek: The Reluctant Hero (1998) (TV Episode)
Pacey and Dawson are watching this in Dawson's room
Frank Capra Jr. Remembers... Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1999) (Video)
Shows film clips from this motion picture.
The Spirit of America (2001) (Short)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Jefferson Smith is #11 on the "Heroes" list.
Joan of Arcadia: The Fire and the Wood (2003) (TV Episode)
Joan watches the film on television.
The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
This film is #5 on the list.
Frank Capra: Collaboration (2006) (Video)
clips shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #26 on the list.
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
includes film clip
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011) (TV Movie)
Jesse Stone watches this on television, scenes from it are shown.
Hollywood's Top Ten: Movie Speeches (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention
Stars of the Silver Screen: James Stewart (2011) (TV Episode)
Footage shown.
Side by Side (2012)
Jimmy Stewart during filibuster scene
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 1: World War Two (2012) (TV Episode)
features clips from the film while discussing Henry A. Wallace
The Untold History of the United States: Chapter 2: Roosevelt, Truman and Wallace (2012) (TV Episode)
features clips when discussing Henry Wallace's loss of the Democratic 1944 Vice Presidential Nomination
Moyers & Company: Fighting for Filibuster Reform (2013) (TV Episode)
clip of "Jefferson Smith" filibustering on Senate floor compared to present obstructionist usage
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
Agent X: Sacrifice (2015) (TV Episode)
President Thomas Eckhart watches the film and talks about with Vide President Natalie Maccabee.
Five Came Back: The Mission Begins (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Five Came Back: The Price of Victory (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

Muppet Babies: Kermit Goes to Washington (1986) (TV Episode)
title spoof
Animaniacs: The Flame/Wakko's America/Davey Omelette/Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago (1993) (TV Episode)
Yakko's speech (imitating Jimmy Stewart) to Lincoln spoofs Mr. Smith's climactic speech and filibuster to Congress.
The Simpsons: Beyond Blunderdome (1999) (TV Episode)
The remake of this film with Gibson turns into an ultraviolent film thanks to Homer
Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #19.96 (2012) (TV Episode)
From "Top Ten Other Movies about Mitt Romney": "3.Mr. Romney Doesn't Go to Washington."

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