It’s A Wonderful List: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

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Some good friends recently handed me a bundle of DVDs they had inherited from a loved one who sadly passed away.  I feel it’s my duty over the coming months to honour the gentleman’s impeccable taste in motion pictures by watching, reviewing and donating them to a charitable cause.”

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

An idealistic young US senator is chosen for his perceived malleability by a corrupt state governor and finds himself on the receiving end of political malice and a romantic desire.



James Stewart teeters on the precipice of naivety as the “pure of heart” Mr. Smith. The dialogue flies thick and fast as a wet-behind-the-ears senator gets chewed up and spat out by the very institution that he holds dear. He is bolstered on his journey by a fundamental belief in the principles of the American constitution, the dedication of his doting companion and sheer 1930s moxie.

While the central performance is a little too “aw gee shucks” for contemporary tastes, it is hard not to gravitate toward the warm glow of Jimmy Stewart‘s performance. The political patter and underlying message may be borderline propaganda but the power behind the performances, including an excellent Claude Rains, prove captivating.


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Regular type person by day, film vigilante by night. Spent years as a 35mm projectionist (he got taller) and now he gets to watch and wax lyrical about all manner of motion pictures. Daryl has got a soft spot for naff Horror and he’d consider Anime to be his kryptonite.

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