Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a film about an average man’s journey and experience in Congress as Senator of Mississippi.
1, 2) This man is appointed by the state Governor, Governor Hopper, when one of the Senators from Mississippi unexpectedly dies. 3) Jefferson Smith is chosen as an alternative when the Governor, influenced by a politically corrupt man named Jim Taylor, and the public disagree on which man should be appointed
He is also appointed because he can help to earn some of the young votes since Smith is young and runs the Boy Rangers
4) Joe Payne, the other Senator of Mississippi, and Smith begin to develop a good relationship as Smith has looked up to Payne for many years and as Payne and Smith’s father had a close friendship growing up. But Payne is also close with Taylor. For years Payne has been influenced by Taylor to the point where he basically does everything Taylor says. In return, Taylor makes sure that Payne is reelected every term as Taylor has a tremendous amount of power over people and the presses. Taylor also controls Hopper and all decisions that the Governor must make.
5) Payne, as a seasoned member of the Senate and highly liked by the public and members of Congress, is looking to run for President in the upcoming election. And with the help of Taylor, he looks to have a good chance. 7) Diz is an important member of the press and he is close with Saunders.
9) Mr. Smith has an idea on a bill he would like passed. He would like to start a boy’s summer camp in an area in Mississippi. This location is also the place of a future dam that is part of a bill soon to be passed. 10) The dam, named the Willett Crick Dam, is being created for the benefit for Mr. Taylor and his corrupt political machine. Payne, who is a major component in the passing of the dam bill, runs into trouble when Mr. Smith puts up fierce protest. 11) Taylor strong-arms Payne by threatening to soil Payne’s good name and to have him removed from office. [
12) Taylor is a part of the state and owns a large part of Mississippi’s industries. 13) Smith puts up a noble fight against Payne and Taylor’s political machine by performing a day long filibuster that eventually forces Payne to tell the truth and announce his resignation. [did not directly answer #8]
The film, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” presents the Senate in a little different fashion than that of the Senate today in real life. The first obvious difference is that the Senate...