Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.
Frank Capra would also rely heavily on reaction shots of the many observers in the scenes set in the Senate chamber. He wanted to retain a natural flow to these shots and so, for these reasons, the usual one-camera set up could not be employed; "...we might ... ...
Pageboy Richard Jones:
Here you are Senator. Not a bad desk either. Daniel Webster used to use it.
Jefferson Smith: Daniel Webster sat here?
Pageboy Richard Jones: Give you something to shoot at, Senator. If you figure on doing any talking.
Jefferson Smith: Oh, I'm just gonna sit around and listen.
Pageboy Richard Jones: That's the way to get ...
(at around 21 mins) In the montage as Jeff Smith wanders off after arriving in Washington, we see the display of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, and then supposedly a close-up of the document - only the "S"'s are written in modern style script and don't look like "F"'s as in the original document.