History Film / MrSmithGoesToWashington

3rd Sep '17 2:55:04 AM ClintEastwood
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Look, Claude Rains was fantastic in this movie (and he was basically unrecognizable under the hair and makeup), but really, did he even try to sound American?
26th Aug '17 12:17:07 PM Tuckerscreator
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* {{Fainting}}: Smith collapses of exhaustion during his filibuster

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* {{Fainting}}: Smith collapses of exhaustion during after his filibusterfilibuster.



* Foreshadowing: After administering the oath of office, the Vice President says to Smith, "Senator, you can talk all you want to now." Laughter ensues.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: After administering the oath of office, the Vice President says to Smith, "Senator, you can talk all you want to now." Laughter ensues.
25th Aug '17 6:57:09 AM mlsmithca
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* [[INeverSaidItWasPoison I Did Not Say That Mr. Paine Was One Of The Men In That Room]]
** "I was in that room!"

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* [[INeverSaidItWasPoison I Did Not Say That Mr. Paine Was One Of The Men In That Room]]
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INeverSaidItWasPoison: "I was in that room!"



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Martin Monroe. He looks down on Jeff, after reading about his shameless behavior at Mount Vernon, but comes to admire him after witnessing his hours-long filibuster.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
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Martin Monroe. He looks down on Jeff, after reading about his shameless behavior at Mount Vernon, but comes to admire him after witnessing his hours-long filibuster.



25th Aug '17 6:51:21 AM CaptEquinox
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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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* PaperTiger: The press corps call Jefferson Smith a "paper "Christmas 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.senator. A Christmas tiger is a Japanese bobblehead toy, a ''hariko no tora''. It's usually made of papier-mache. They were called that likely because they were popular in the U.S. as Christmas presents or decorations.
18th Aug '17 1:57:27 PM LifeShouldBeAMusical
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* Foreshadowing: After administering the oath of office, the Vice President says to Smith, "Senator, you can talk all you want to now." Laughter ensues.
31st Jul '17 10:22:37 AM jamespolk
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A film from 1939, directed by Creator/FrankCapra, with an AllStarCast that included [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], Creator/JeanArthur, 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]], Creator/JeanArthur, Creator/ClaudeRains, Edward Arnold, and Thomas Mitchell.Creator/ThomasMitchell. One of Capra's greatest works, maybe the best movie Stewart ever made.
5th May '17 10:34:29 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* ThePlan: With the Senate moving to expel him, Jeff Smith will hold the floor and sway popular opinion against Taylor and Taylor's machine.

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* ThePlan: With the Senate moving to expel him, Jeff Smith will hold the floor and sway popular opinion against Taylor Paine and Taylor's machine.
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.
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