History Film / MrSmithGoesToWashington

12th May '16 7:11:43 PM jamespolk
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* WholePlotReference: Supposedly the film was based on an unpublished short story called "The Gentleman From Montana". However, a UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning play called ''Theatre/BothYourHouses'' (1933) has very similar plot points. In the stage play, a neophyte congressman from out west comes to Washington. A gaggle of corrupt politicans are drafting a graft-laden appropriations bill for the construction of a dam in the neophyte congressman's district. The neophyte congressman is a paragon of IncorruptiblePurePureness and as such resolves to fight the bill, with the help of his hypercompetent GirlFriday secretary. Columbia Pictures wound up buying the rights to ''Both Your Houses'' to stave off a lawsuit.
30th Apr '16 3:23:59 PM redandready45
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** Taylor too can be very generous to his employees. Cross him, however, and he'll throw you under a bus. Fight, and smear your name with a massive media empire.
5th Feb '16 5:58:17 PM LongTallShorty64
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A film from 1939, directed by Creator/FrankCapra, with an AllStarCast that included [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], Jean Arthur, Creator/ClaudeRains, Edward Arnold, and Thomas Mitchell. One of Capra's greatest works, maybe the best movie Stewart ever made.

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A film from 1939, directed by Creator/FrankCapra, with an AllStarCast that included [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], Jean Arthur, Creator/JeanArthur, Creator/ClaudeRains, Edward Arnold, and Thomas Mitchell. One of Capra's greatest works, maybe the best movie Stewart ever made.
2nd Feb '16 12:45:08 PM gallium
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* AsHimself: H.V. Kaltenborn, a renowned CBS radio commentator from the era, appears to cover Smith's filibuster


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* NewscasterCameo: H.V. Kaltenborn, a renowned CBS radio commentator from the era, appears to cover Smith's filibuster
14th Jan '16 7:32:24 AM redandready45
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* AsHimself: H.V. Kaltenborn, a renowned CBS radio commentator from the era, appears to cover Smith's filibuster
14th Jan '16 7:28:45 AM redandready45
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* GladIThoughtOfIt: The Governor takes credit for appointing Jeff, which was suggested by his own children.
14th Jan '16 7:26:00 AM redandready45
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* {{Manchild}}: Jeff is accused of being this several times.
14th Jan '16 7:24:40 AM redandready45
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* DefrostingIceQueen: Saunders.


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* HeroicBSOD: After the FrameUp, Jeff goes back to the Lincoln Memorial, and breaks down in tears.


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* TheLastDJ: Once Jeff gets wise, Taylor offers him a chance at being Senator for the rest of his life, as well as other favors, if he plays ball. Jeff refuses, and which point Taylor throws him under a bus.
27th Nov '15 2:26:03 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AffablyEvil: Taylor

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* AffablyEvil: TaylorSenator Paine may be corrupt, but he isn't cruel.
15th Nov '15 3:06:57 PM maxwellsilver
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[[caption-width-right:350: Go ahead; write your Congressman. It really frustrates them.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Go ahead; When someone asks you to write a letter to your Congressman. Senator, do it. It works. They get really frustrates them.agitated.]]
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