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    " OUR OPERATOR SAYS.."IT’S GOING TO BE A PLEASURE TO RUN "MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON" 5 DAYS STARTING SUNDAY, NOV.7) (print ad – Lubbock Morning Avalanche – Cactus Theatre – Lubbock Texas – November 2, 1938 - all caps)"
    Runtime 2 hr 9 min
    Budget $1 900 000
    Premiere: World October 21, 1939
    Box Office – Budget – $1 755 262
    Premiere: USA $144 738 October 17, 1939
    first day $83 205
    theaters 590
    rollout 79 days
    Digital: World December 2, 2014
    Production Companies Columbia Pictures
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    A naive youth leader is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. His idealistic plans promptly collide with corruption at home and subterfuge from his hero in Washington, but he tries to forge ahead despite attacks on his character.

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    Columbia Pictures originally purchased Lewis R. Foster's unpublished story, variously called "The Gentleman from Montana" and "The Gentleman from Wyoming", as a vehicle for Ralph Bellamy, but once Frank Capra came on board as director – after Rouben Mamoulian had expressed interest – the film was to be a sequel to his Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, called Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington, with Gary Cooper reprising his role as Longfellow Deeds. Because Cooper was unavailable, Capra then "saw it immediately as a vehicle for Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur", and Stewart was borrowed from MGM. Capra said of Stewart: "I knew he would make a hell of a Mr. Smith... He looked like the country kid, the idealist. It was very close to him."

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    Surprisingly a lot of Hollywood molasses from a decent Capra. The touching Stewart and American pathos make your cheekbones ache. The epic ending is predictable and even uninteresting to watch. Translated to English


    Smith’s naivety is endearing, but it’s not the best way to do thoughtful work. Seasoned Congressman Payne with unconvincing remorse. Dubious dam shenanigans that are dubious. Whims in parliament (starve out) "I want a camp here because I wanted to"… Translated to English