Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Movie Review Essay
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a movie from 1939 about a governor of an unnamed state has to pick a new Senator because Senator Sam Foley had passed away. The governor’s children want him to pick Jefferson Smith the head of the Boy Rangers, and by flipping a coin he chooses Jefferson as the new Senator. Smith comes up with bill that would allow the federal government loan to buy some land in his home state for a national boys camp, and to be paid back by youngsters across America.
But the campsite is already part of a dam-building graft scheme from a Public Works bill by Jim Taylor and Senator Paine. Senator Paine then accuses Smith of trying to profit from his bill by creating false evidence that Smith owns the land. Clarissa Saunders his assistant started to believe in him, and convinces him into launching a filibuster to put off the Public Works bill and prove his innocence just before they are about to expel him. Smith talks non-stop to prove his point.
With Taylor’s order newspapers and radio stations in Smith’s home state refuse to report what Smith has to say and even change the facts against the Senator. The Boy Ranger decide to publish Smiths news and result in violent attacks by Taylor’s people. The senators begin to pay attention as Smith becomes very exhausted. Paine then brings in bins of letters and telegrams from Smith’s home state from people demanding for him to be expelled. Smith is broken by the news and faints. Feeling guilty, Paine attempts to kill himself but when he is stopped, he bursts back into the Senate chamber, and confesses.