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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ()


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A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations.
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Saunders
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Jefferson Smith
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Senator Joseph Paine
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Jim Taylor
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Governor Hopper
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Diz Moore
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Chick McGann
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Ma Smith
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Senate Majority Leader
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President of the Senate
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Susan Paine
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Mrs. Hopper
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Senator MacPherson
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Senator Monroe
H.V. Kaltenborn ...
H.V. Kaltenborn
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Nosey
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Senate Minority Leader
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Carl Cook
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Bill Griffith
Billy Watson ...
Hopper Boy
Delmar Watson ...
Hopper Boy
Harry Watson ...
Hopper Boy
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Hopper Boy (as Baby Dumpling)
Garry Watson ...
Hopper Boy (as Gary Watson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Handwriting Expert (uncredited)
Harry Anderson ...
Hoodlum (uncredited)
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Senator Hodges (uncredited)
William Arnold ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Senator Lancaster (uncredited)
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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)
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Senate Clerk (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ...
Hopper's Butler (uncredited)
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Foreign Diplomat (uncredited)
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Family Man (uncredited)
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Arthur Kim (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
Ed Brewer ...
Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Senator Dwight (uncredited)
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Mr. Edwards - Howling Citizen (uncredited)
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Newspaper employee (uncredited)
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Boy Cheering for Smith in Meeting (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Senator Dearhorn (uncredited)
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Third Radio Speaker (uncredited)
Ken Carpenter ...
Announcer (uncredited)
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Sweeney Farrell - Newsman (uncredited)
Burr Caruth ...
Townsend (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ...
Handwriting Expert (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ...
Ragner - Newsman (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Davison Clark ...
Committeeman (uncredited)
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Mrs. McGann (uncredited)
Richard Clucas ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Shirley Coates ...
Assistant Bartender (uncredited)
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Senator Gower (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Woman at Station (uncredited)
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Man in Press Section of Senate Gallery (uncredited)
Hal Cooke ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Georgie Cooper ...
Committeewoman (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ...
Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Barber (uncredited)
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Diggs - Newsman (uncredited)
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Speaker (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ...
Paine's Secretary (uncredited)
Lew Davis ...
Senate Clerk (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ...
Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Wally Dean ...
Paine's Friend (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Depp ...
Hat Salesman / Secretary (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Clyde Dilson ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ...
Senate Chaplain (uncredited)
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Paine's Secretary (uncredited)
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Taylor's Stooge (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Paine's Secretary (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ...
Francis Scott Key (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ...
Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Hopper's Secretary (uncredited)
Gladys Gale ...
Committeewoman (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Hopper Girl (uncredited)
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Woman at Station (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire ...
Angry committee member (uncredited)
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Woman (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ...
Black Committeeman (uncredited)
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Woman at Station (uncredited)
Roger Haliday ...
Senate Guard (uncredited)
Cliff Hall ...
Senator in final scene (uncredited)
Wilfred Hari ...
House Boy (uncredited)
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First Radio Announcer (uncredited)
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Senator (uncredited)
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Soapbox Speaker (uncredited)
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Senator (uncredited)
Philip Hurlic ...
Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ...
Butler (uncredited)
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Senator Fernwick (uncredited)
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Committeeman (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Senator Byron (uncredited)
Dick Jensen ...
Hoodlum (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ...
Butler (uncredited)
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Pageboy Richard Jones (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Editor (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Summers - newsman (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ...
Senator (uncredited)
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Reporter Asking 'What Do You Think of the Girls in This Town?' (uncredited)
Wright Kramer ...
Senator Carlton (uncredited)
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Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Billy Lechner ...
Boy Ranger (uncredited)
P.H. Levy ...
Rabbi (uncredited)
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Mrs. Edwards (uncredited)
Jack Lindquist ...
Chorus Member (uncredited)
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Hoodlum (uncredited)
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Chief Clerk (uncredited)
Jane Loofbourrow ...
Committeewoman (uncredited)
Jack Low ...
Hoodlum (uncredited)
Jackie Lowe ...
Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Pompous Man (uncredited)
Stanley Mack ...
Senator (uncredited)
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Head Sister (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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Nun with Cheering Orphan Boys (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Man in Senate Building (uncredited)
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Senator Albert (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ...
Assistant Bartender (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ...
Reporter (uncredited)
George McKay ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Civil War Veteran at Lincoln Memorial (uncredited)
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Boy Ranger (uncredited)
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Senator (uncredited)
James McNamara ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Second Radio Announcer (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
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Porter (uncredited)
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Man in Senate Building (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Morgan ...
Senate Clerk (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Senator Fuller (uncredited)
William Newell ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Ray Nichols ...
Boy Ranger (uncredited)
Field Norton ...
Pompous Man (uncredited)
Alex Novinsky ...
Foreign Diplomat (uncredited)
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Senator Alfred (uncredited)
Frank Otto ...
Fisk (uncredited)
Joe Palma ...
Hoodlum (uncredited)
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Committeewoman (uncredited)
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Handwriting Expert (uncredited)
Spencer Quinn ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ...
Senate Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Regan ...
Hoodlum (uncredited)
Jack Rice ...
Lang (uncredited)
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Senator Manchester (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ...
Senator (uncredited)
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Otis Hopper (uncredited)
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Newspaperman with Pipe (uncredited)
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Kenneth Allen (uncredited)
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Senator Pickett (uncredited)
Harry Stafford ...
Senator Atwater (uncredited)
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Senator Ashman (uncredited)
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Flood - Newsman (uncredited)
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Committeeman (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ...
Foreign Diplomat (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Senate Reporter (uncredited)
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Committeeman (uncredited)
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Senator Burdette (uncredited)
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Bodyguard (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ...
Cab Driver (uncredited)
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Pompous Man (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ...
Committeewoman (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Senator Carlisle (uncredited)
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Bodyguard (uncredited)
Arthur Thalasso ...
Doorman (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ...
Butler (uncredited)
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Hendricks (uncredited)
Layne Tom Jr. ...
Boy Ranger (uncredited)
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Porter (uncredited)
Victor Travis ...
Senator Grainger (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ...
Mrs. Taylor (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frederick Vroom ...
Paine's Friend (uncredited)
Bess Wade ...
Committeewoman (uncredited)
David Wade ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Max Waizmann ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Senator Holland (uncredited)
Myonne Walsh ...
Jane Hopper (uncredited)
John Ward ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Schultz - Newsman (uncredited)
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Senate Guard (uncredited)
Florence Wix ...
Committeewoman (uncredited)
Eleanor Wood ...
Committeewoman (uncredited)
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Committeeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Capra

Written by

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Sidney Buchman ... (screen play)
 
Lewis R. Foster ... (story)
 
Myles Connolly ... (contributor to screenplay construction and dialogue) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Frank Capra ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Dimitri Tiomkin ... (musical score by)

Cinematography by

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Joseph Walker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Al Clark
Gene Havlick ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Lionel Banks

Costume Design by

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Robert Kalloch ... (gowns) (as Kalloch)

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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Walter Holscher ... set designer (uncredited)
George Montgomery ... set dresser (uncredited)
Cary Odell ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jack Wrenn ... prop master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Edward Bernds ... sound engineer (uncredited)
John P. Livadary ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Fred Jackman Jr. ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Slavko Vorkapich ... montage effects
John Hoffman ... montage effects (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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) / 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

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Forrest T. Butler ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Ray Howell ... head of wardrobe (uncredited)
Roselle Novello ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

Music Department

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Morris Stoloff ... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
R.H. Bassett ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

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James D. Preston ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Joseph Sistrom ... production assistant (uncredited)
Harold Winston ... dialogue director (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal. Written by James Yu

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Taglines Capra at his greatest! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (United States)
  • Mr. Smith au sénat (France)
  • Monsieur Smith au sénat (France)
  • Mr. Smith geht nach Washington (Germany)
  • Caballero sin espada (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 (at around 17 mins) At the train station, Jeff Smith is approached by Susan Payne and three other women. They ask for a dollar contribution each for the Milk Fund. Jeff Smith says "five dollars". It should only be four dollars. Soon after, reporters ask him about the women in Washington. He responds that four came up to him at the train depot. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into High Hopes: The Capra Years (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean See more »
Quotes Jefferson Smith: You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that.
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