Sunday, September 7, 2008
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Columbia 1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington now replaces Dumbo as the oldest conservative film to be reviewed on ECM! If you folks have never seen Mr. Smith, you're missing a great film about a man standing up to a corrupt government and a twisted media.
Whew! Glad things like this don't happen anymore, right?
Sound like a movie up your alley? You better believe it!
Here are some interesting facts about this movie when it was released in 1939...
It was bitterly denounced by Washington insiders angry at its allegations of corruption, yet banned by fascist states in Europe who were afraid it showed that democracy works.
The Washington press corps were highly indignant at the way they were portrayed in the film. Consequently a great deal of the initial reviews from the capitol were very negative. One of their chief objections was that the film made them all out to be drinking too much.
One of the real senators from Montana walked out of the screening he attended in disgust.
In 1942, when a ban on American films was imposed in German-occupied France, the title theaters chose Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) for their last movie before the ban went into effect. One Paris theater reportedly screened the film nonstop for thirty days prior to the ban.
The film was banned in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Soviet Russia and Falangist Spain. According to Frank Capra, the film was also dubbed in certain European countries to alter the message of the film so it conformed with official ideology.
I am proud to say that Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the Edge Conservative Movie of the Week!
Here is the trailer...and...
...here is the COMPLETE MOVIE below! Watch it now!