Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Poster

Release Date: September 18th, 1939

DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2000

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary
When the idealistic young Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) winds up appointed to the United States Senate, he gains the mentorship of Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains). However, Paine isn't as noble as his reputation would indicate, and he becomes involved in a scheme to discredit Smith, who wants to build a boys' campsite where a more lucrative project could go. Determined to stand up against Paine and his corrupt peers, Smith takes his case to the Senate floor.

Cast: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi

Director: Frank Capra

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Columbia Pictures, Columbia Tristar, Columbia TriStar Home Video

Keywords: Underdog, Inspiring, Office, Engaging, Rise, 1930s


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