Movie Recommendation: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonI had heard that Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) is a great movie, but I had never seen it because I assumed it was out-of-date and probably very superficial (the first half was).

We watched it last night on TCM and saw a well-directed (the great Frank Capra) and well-acted film — James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, and Edward Arnold give excellent performances. I was surprised at the light it shined on dirty politics — how a powerful political machine can use media and innuendo to affect public opinion. Lots of lessons here that should never be forgotten.