Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

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Corrected entry: Roughly halfway through the movie, when Jefferson Smith goes to see Senator Joseph Paine. When he is opening the door to enter Paine's office, he pulls it open. The next shot shows him entering the room, by pushing the door open, not pulling it.

Correction: There appears to be a short hallway connecting the outer office to Senator Paine's office with the doors on either end. You can see this in Jefferson Smith's own office when Saunders hurries him inside to avoid the crowd after he introduces his bill.

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The filibuster scene gives the impression that the Senators were powerless to stop Jefferson Smith's speech. However, they can make a speaker shut up if at least 3/5 of the Senators vote to. From the Senators' reactions, a lot of them probably would have voted to silence Smith. (Clearly, if this had happened, the movie would be much less interesting).

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The real-life inspiration for Jefferson Smith was Sen. Rush Holt (D-WV), elected in 1934. (His son, also named Rush, is currently a Congressman from New Jersey).

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