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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
D.C. insiders deride a young freshman Senator Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) as a political appointee who is too inexperienced and idealistic. When Senator Smith sponsors a bill to build a national boys camp, he unwittingly stumbles into a corrupt political machine that has controlled his state and its senior Senator (Claude Rains) for years. Aided by savvy political insider Clarissa Saunders (Jean Arthur), Smith retaliates against a smear campaign through a filibuster. Smith breaks the corrupt machine and renews the Senate chambers with a spirit of purpose and common good.

Directed by Frank Capra, the film received eleven Academy Award nominations. Look back at the original New York Times review and check out the clip below.

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