Frank Capra made a lot of people in the political world angry with this movie.
Some felt it was an overblown wildly inaccurate portrayal. Others were upset because Capra struck a nerve. One that showed things exactly as they are. What’s amazing is how much of this remains relevant. The wheeling and dealing, the fight for ideas and how many politicians take their job of public service seriously.
Outstanding ensemble headed by Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur with many of Capra’s stock company on hand and of course that relentless Capra pacing. Mr Smith Goes To Washington was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and is still considered by many as the gold standard when it comes to Hollywood’s telling of American politics.