A classic Jimmy Stewart film
made in 1939. Directed by Frank Capra
who went on to direct such films as "The Battle of Britain", "The Nazis Strike", and "Know Your Enemy: Japan
", this is the film Americans
watch on President
's Day, just like they watch It's a Wonderful Life
The story follows Jefferson Smith, founder of a camp for boys, as he (due to a hilarious sequence of events) becomes the newest Senator. Being naive, he fights against the corruption he finds in the Senate.
In the current climate of political corruption, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" allows us to escape into a world where just-want-we-want-to-happen-in-politics finally happens. However, it ends rather sharply and the Simpsons version (found in the Mel Gibson episode) is by far superior.
Harry Carey played the President of the United States.