Mr. Smith Goes To Washington script
Synopsis: When the idealistic young Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) winds up appointed to the United States Senate, he gains the mentorship of Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains). However, Paine isn't as noble as his reputation would indicate, and he becomes involved in a scheme to discredit Smith, who wants to build a boys' campsite where a more lucrative project could go. Determined to stand up against Paine and his corrupt peers, Smith takes his case to the Senate floor.



Save that for the laying of

cornerstones, Hubert!


Oh, that morning you looked in the

mirror and saw a statesman!


Now, pet--

(Then, excitedly into

the phone)


In political boss TAYLOR'S ROOM, we see JIM TAYLOR, a hard-

bitten, taciturn, impressive man in his fifties. At the

moment, he stands at a phone, in vest and rolled up sleeves,

a cigar between his fingers. Behind him, in a smoke-filled

room, man are seated at a card table from which Taylor

evidently has just risen.


What's up, Happy?



Sam Foley--died tonight in Washington.

Joe just called. Can you imagine

anything more--?



Died, huh? Well, take it easy, Happy.

Is Paine coming?--Good. Keep your

shirt on--and your mouth shut. No


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Waldo Salt

Waldo Miller Salt was an American screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses during the era of McCarthyism. He later won Academy Awards for Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home. more…

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