Back in 1939, Frank Capra, who made the classic It's A Wonderful Life, seven years later, made another movie with Jimmy Stewart, called Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. (The short-lived Jack Albertson sitcom Grandpa Goes To Washington was based on it). Mr. Smith Goes To Washington was about a junior senator named Jefferson Smith, (the aforementioned Jimmy Stewart), who was chosen by the party bosses of his home state to replace a senator who was arrested for, and charged with, corruption. The party bosses wanted someone who was pliable, and would compromise his principles. They got just the opposite. The filibuster scene is the most memorable scene of the movie.
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