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2 ~ Jimmy Stewart~ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

21 Feb

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is my favorite Jimmy Stewart movie and was nominated for eleven Academy Awards in 1939, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart), a small town patriot, gets appointed to the U.S. Senate by the political machine in his state whose masterminds think they can control him. Upon arriving in Washington, the new senator is so enthralled at his first visit to the nation’s capital that he decides to go sightseeing.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so thrilled in my whole life, and that Lincoln Memorial! Gee Whiz! And Mr. Lincoln, there he is. He’s just lookin’ right straight at ya as you come up those steps. Just, just sitting there like he was waiting for somebody to come along.”– Senator Smith.

Jimmy Stewart was the best actor to paly the “aww shucks” naive charecter better than anyone else. A close second was Gary Cooper in Seargent York. But this movie Jimmy really shinned. The ultimate “do-gooder” finding out the reality of not just his job as senetor, but life.
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Posted by on February 21, 2007 in 10 Favorite Actors of 1930's, 30's, Actors

 

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