Today is Election Day 2016 and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Letters is today’s blog post topic. The 1939 classic movie starring Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, and Claude Rains by Frank Capra you have probably already seen at least twice!
Today’s blog post message is short: Vote!
If you haven’t seen it yet add it to your list of must watch and see it soon. It was “nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story”.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
This is the scene I think of for this movie classic. The MovieClips scene I’ve included picks up after bags and baskets of false letters have been delivered saying they want him to stop the filibuster.
From IMDb Jefferson Smith: I guess this is just another lost cause Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for and he fought for them once. For the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain simple rule. Love thy neighbor. And in this world today of great hatred a man who knows that rule has a great trust. You know that rule Mr. Paine and I loved you for it just as my father did. And you know that you fight harder for the lost causes than for any others. Yes you’d even die for them. Like a man we both knew Mr. Paine. You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well I’m not licked. And I’m gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause. Even if this room gets filled with lies like these. And the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place. Somebody will listen to me.” [he collapses]
It is worth noting what happens in the next scene after Senator Paine (Claude Rains) runs out of the Senate chamber and attempts to shoot himself. He will run back into the Senate chamber shouting a confession affirming Mr. Smith’s (Jimmy Stewart) innocence.
Later this week on Friday is Veterans Day 2016. Here’s to getting out today and vote!
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Letters Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today
Image above File:Claude Rains and James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).jpg by Columbia Pictures [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
YouTube Lost Causes – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (8/8) Movie CLIP (1939) HD posted by Movieclips Published on Oct 6, 2012
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IMDb quotes Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Quotes