Monday, February 15, 2010

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Director: Frank Capra. Cast: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains. 129 min. Rated G. Drama.

When all-American Frank Capra and all-American Jimmy Stewart get together, their ultra-classics make you shed a tear for the joy of pure honesty. Made in the golden Hollywood year of 1939, the concept of corrupt politicians and the fight of the lone hero against the cruel system, is as fresh as could ever be - not only for the American audience, but also for countries who brink on totalitarianism. At times, I had difficulty deciding whether I found James Stewart's character more interesting, or Jean Arthur's. If you haven't seen this classic yet, you're doing yourself a great disservice.

Mo says:


  1. Finally, you saw it ? I found my recommendation in the group in Oct,2007 and i still remember the details as well. The pure & honest character of James Stewart, political corruption as main concept and that exciting 24h-lecture which at last worked out ...all was really fascinating. How could i Miss 2 masterpieces of Frank Capra yet :It's wonderful life & It happened one night. Unforgiven sin!

  2. There are quite a few classic masterpieces out there I haven't seen yet. In other words, you're telling me the next classic I have to watch, is "It Happened One Night". Correct? :-)