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MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN / MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON Synopsis
MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN. When rural poet Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper at his most engaging) inherits a fortune, he moves to the big city and uses his newfound wealth to benefit his fellow man - much to the chagrin of various corporate and political interests. Jean Arthur is the jaded, cynical reporter whose idealism (and sense of romance) is re-awakened by Deeds. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. Naive, straight-shooting idealist Mr. Smith (James Stewart) is elected to Congress, then used and eventually framed by his corrupt mentor Claude Rains and fat cat Edward Arnold. Still an incredibly topical slice of Americana, with unflinching insights into how easily a free-enterprise system can be debased and exploited by ruthless profiteers. Smith pleading his case before a cold-hearted, unbelieving Congress sends chills down the spine and remains one of the most moving sequences in the history of cinema.Read Full Synopsis