History Film / MrSmithGoesToWashington

26th Mar '17 9:19:19 PM Tavernier
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* EmbarrassingFirstName: ''Clarissa'' Saunders.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: ''Clarissa'' Saunders. So embarassing, it doesn't even get listed in the credits.
11th Mar '17 6:05:16 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheScript: H.B. Warner and Pierre Watkin's characters are, respectively, credited as Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader. In the script they also have names, respectively, Sen. Martin Agnew and Sen. John Barnes. Their party affiliations are presumably opposite, but it is never stated which is a Democrat and which a Republican.
11th Mar '17 5:54:55 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArchEnemy:



** Taylor criminalizing Mr. Smith using his media machine is basically this trope on a enormous level

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** Taylor criminalizing Mr. Smith using his media machine is basically this trope on a enormous levellevel.
* BigBad: Senator Joseph Paine.



* BreakTheCutie: The InherentInTheSystem entrenched corruption, along with a personal betrayal from Senator Paine, gets very close to Smith, but a smile from the President of the Senate inspires him to go on until he faints. So the trope would be Subverted in this case.



* BuffySpeak: When Diz asks Saunders where a particular drink is, she says, "It's in the thing... behind the thing."



* DarkestHour: By the end of the movie, Jeff has been framed for corruption, betrayed by his former idol, the Senate is on the verge of expelling him, his newspaper has been shut down Taylor's thugs, he's barely conscious and dehydrated, and political opinion has largely been turned against him.



* DorkHorseCandidate: While he was appointed rather than elected, Jeff was the original Dork Horse Candidate.
* DragonInChief: Jim Taylor's political influence is what keeps Senator Joseph Paine in power.



* 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.

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* TheLastDJ: TheLastDJ:
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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.bus.
** Smith's father was also this, using his newspaper to fight against a criminal syndicate. It ended with him getting a bullet in the back.


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* PaperTiger: The press corps call Jefferson Smith a "paper tiger" to his face, telling him that he was only appointed to fill a seat in the Senate and vote the way Senator Payne wants him to, which chafes the idealistic young senator.


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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: The cynical Saunders falls for the earnest, naive but ultimately forthright and honorable Jefferson Smith.


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* TokenGoodTeammate: Jefferson Smith is the nicest, greatest guy in the world, and everyone around him sucks. But by being around him, they start to get better. Ms. Saunders the secretary, the Corrupt Senator from Smith's home state, they all see the light.


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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: By the end of the movie, Smith is barely standing, public opinion has been turned against him in his own state, his newspaper has been shut down by Taylor's goons, and he's about to face expulsion. But even then, he stands his ground.
30th Jan '17 4:55:03 PM Jeduthun
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* ThatLiarLies: When Taylor tempts Smith to become part of his syndicate, he mentions that he's been telling Senator Paine what to do for 20 years. Smith's blunt response: ''You're a liar.'' [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Paine confesses that Taylor was telling the truth in that instance.]]

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* ThatLiarLies: When Taylor tempts Smith to become part of his syndicate, he mentions that he's been telling Senator Paine what to do for 20 years. Smith's blunt response: ''You're ''"You're a liar.'' "'' [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Paine confesses that Taylor was telling the truth in that instance.]]
30th Jan '17 4:53:28 PM Jeduthun
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Smith angrily confronts some cynical {{paparazzi}}, this exchange takes the wind out of his sails:
-->'''Reporter:''' What do you know about laws or making laws or what the people need?\\
'''Smith:''' I don't pretend to know.\\
'''Diz:''' Then what are you doing in the Senate?



* DeadpanSnarker: Saunders.
--> "I don't mean to be complaining, Senator, but in all civilized countries, there's an institution called dinner."



* InVinoVeritas: Saunders spills the truth about the Willitt Creek scam to Smith after she's had too much to drink, although she apparently doesn't regret it once she sobers up.

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* InVinoVeritas: Saunders spills the truth about the Willitt Willet Creek scam to Smith after she's had too much to drink, although she apparently doesn't regret it once she sobers up.


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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: To encourage Smith, who's dejected after his run-in with the reporters, Paine suggests he should introduce a bill to fund one of his dream projects. Unbeknownst to Paine, this project happens to be a boy's camp in Willet Creek, which leads directly to Smith blowing the lid off Paine and Taylor's graft scheme.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: When Smith confronts [[{{paparazzi}} the reporters]], they lay one on him by mercilessly explaining that his "honorary appointment" really makes him little more than a ceremonial seat filler who's just there to vote at his party's bidding.
--> '''Diz:''' "You're not a Senator. You're an honorary stooge. You ought to be shown up."


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* ThatLiarLies: When Taylor tempts Smith to become part of his syndicate, he mentions that he's been telling Senator Paine what to do for 20 years. Smith's blunt response: ''You're a liar.'' [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Paine confesses that Taylor was telling the truth in that instance.]]
30th Jan '17 10:35:46 AM Jeduthun
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* QuoteMine: When Smith first arrives in DC, ThePaparazzi take advantage of his naiveté and goad him into making quotes and poses that they print out of context to make him look like a ridiculous rube. [[BerserkButton He is extremely upset by this]].

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* QuoteMine: When Smith first arrives in DC, ThePaparazzi the {{Paparazzi}} take advantage of his naiveté and goad him into making quotes and poses that they print out of context to make him look like a ridiculous rube. [[BerserkButton He is extremely upset by this]].
30th Jan '17 10:35:13 AM Jeduthun
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* QuoteMine: When Smith first arrives in DC, ThePaparazzi take advantage of his naiveté and goad him into making quotes and poses that they print out of context to make him look like a ridiculous rube. [[BerserkButton He is extremely upset by this]].
2nd Dec '16 8:56:32 AM BobTanaka
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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: How Paine justifies his corruption to Smith, saying that it gave him a chance to do more good for the country.
24th Nov '16 4:04:30 PM bootmii
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* {{Expy}}: The "Boy Rangers", due to the Boy Scouts of America's fierce defense of the use its copyrighted name.

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* {{Expy}}: The "Boy Rangers", due to the Boy Scouts of America's fierce defense of the use its copyrighted protected name.
23rd Nov '16 7:44:58 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AffablyEvil: Senator Paine may be corrupt, but he isn't cruel.

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* AffablyEvil: AffablyEvil:
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Senator Paine may be corrupt, but he isn't cruel.
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