Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Governor's special coin decides appointment of senator
The 1939 Columbia Pictures film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is about the appointment
of Jefferson Smith, a naive and idealistic young man to the United States Senate by a state governor.
about the crooked deal they are planning and becomes their opponent.
Senator Joseph Paine, the senior senator from his state who was also once young and idealistic but has
become a cynical tool of the political boss.
senator, who becomes Senator Smith's advisor on Senate procedures and operations.
The coin's size is that of a US half dollar.
Los Angeles Rubber Stamp Company, a firm which manufactured, among other things, film prop coins.
and higher gold denominations of 5, 10, and 20 dollars.
The names, characters and incidents used herein are fictitious.
Any similarity to any name, character or incident is unintentional.
The state's senator dies and Governor Hopper has to appoint a new senator.
2. Jim Taylor, Chick McGann, Governor Hopper
Taylor, McGann, and Hopper can't decide on who to appoint to the position.
Later at home, the governor decides the old fashioned way.
3. Governor Hopper flips coin
The coin appears to be the size of a half dollar.
4. Coin lands on it's edge
The coin is positioned in a still shot with little of the face visible, but from the design, it is obviously
not a real US coin.
and then stretch the coin image horizontally.
5. Coin image stretched
The image looked familiar and resembled a certain Los Angeles Rubber Stamp Company token
which appears in token catalogs.
6. Los Angeles Rubber Stamp Company motion picture prop coin 50 cents
Copper-nickel, 31mm, 10.38gm
LOS ANGELES RUBBER STAMP CO.
MFR'S OF / MOVING / PICTURE / MONEY / AND / BADGES
RETURNABLE / FOR CREDIT AT LB. RATE / 50¢
The men discuss the appointment of Smith.
7. Senator Paine, Governor Hopper, Jim Taylor
The men agree to go ahead with the appointment of Smith and he is introduced to the public.
8. Jefferson Smith acceptance speech
Smith and Senator Paine head to Washington DC on a train along with McGann.
Senator Paine knew and admired Jefferson's father, a crusading newspaper publisher who was
murdered while fighting a mining company.
9. Smith tours Washington DC
He visits various national monuments including the Supreme Court and Arlington Cemetery.
10. Smith meets Saunders and Diz Moore
Diz Moore is a reporter and close friend of Saunders.
11. Smith and Saunders
Smith has a pet project for his home state, a boy's camp in a natural area.
He has an area picked out, however, he doesn't know that members of the Taylor gang have
bought land in the area and want to construct a dam on the site.
passed by Congress. She does assist him in writing it.
12. Smith reads his bill
When Taylor's gang hears about the location of the camp, they become worried about their project.
13. The Taylor gang is worried
At first the gang members try to convince Smith to alter his bill but that fails.
owns the land for his proposed camp.
14. Senator Paine denounces Smith
The Senate has many young boys working as runners who are members of Smith's Boy Rangers,
but hearing the charges, they remove their membership pins.
15. The page boys remove their pins
A short "trial" is held before a Senate committee which finds Smith guilty.
16. Taylor celebrates with his girls
Smith is despondent and heads to the Lincoln Memorial, where Saunders, still loyal, finds him.
17. Saunders gives pep talk to Jeff
Smith is still a member of the Senate and before the expulsion can be brought up, he begins a filibuster,
or long speech, which will stop all of the Senate business.
18. Reporters typing their articles
Smith, advised by Saunders from the spectator seats, begins his filibuster.
19. Senator Smith reads
Smith reads the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and anything else to hold the floor.
20. Taylor gang newspaper headline
Note the small article: "Chinese Money dips in Canton, Break Follows Incomplete Reports of Silver Pact".
21. Taylor gang billboard
Members of veteran's groups are in the seats.
22. Veterans applauding Senator Smith
The veterans were uniforms, some of an American Legion type group for World War I men and others
of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Civil War veterans.
23. Taylor gang police attack Smith boys
On the Senate floor, Smith has been speaking for 24 hours and Senator Paige brings in baskets of
letters denouncing Smith.
24. Senator Smith collapses
Senator Paige has a breakdown, pulls a pistol, and tries to shoot himself but is restrained.
25. Senator Paige confesses
Paige begins screaming that he is guilty of scheming to manufacture the evidence against Smith.
26. The President of the Senate is amused
He's seen it all.
James Stewart as Jefferson Smith
Jean Arthur as Clarissa Saunders
Claude Rains as Senator Joseph Paine
Thomas Mitchell as Diz Moore
Edward Arnold as Jim Taylor
Guy Kibbee as Governor Hopper
Eugene Pallette as Chick McGann
Writers: Sidney Buchman, Lewis R. Foster