Mr Smith goes to Washington
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Who gets to appoint a new Senator when the old one died?
Why is the editor/publisher of the newspaper more powerful than the Governor?
Because he can control the newspapers which were the only sources of media.
Why did the Governor not want a "strong" senator? What kind of man was he hoping to appoint?
They wanted Payne to have the power so he could run the Willet Creek mission; they wanted someone who wouldn't get in the way.
Why was Mr. Smith picked to be Senator?
He was too naive to find out about the Willet Creek mission; he was very popular.
What happened to Mr. Smith's father?
He was shot in the back because he was defending a miner; he worked for a newspaper.
Who presides over Senate?
Vice President / President of the Senate.
Why do reporters in Washington make fun of Smith when he arrives?
Because all the women were flirting and talking to him.
What does Smith think he will be able to do as Senator?
Build the boys camp.
Why does Senator Payne not want Mr. Smith to know whaat is going on?
Because he would rat them out.
What is the bill that Smith introduces?
The boys camp.
What are the problems with the bill that Smith introduces?
He wants to build it on Willet Creek.
Why does Senator Payne want Smith to work on the camp bill?
So he can distract him.
What was Saunders like when she first came to Washington? What is she like now?
She was innocent when she first came to Washington and now all she cares about is money.
Who "owns" the other congressmen and Senator Payne? What is meant by "own"?
The editor / publisher of the newspaper controls what is said about them.
What is the "Taylor Machine"?
His organization: How he controls the Willet Creek mission.
Explain the Willet Creek mission?
Taylor is buying land on Willet Creek for very cheap under fake names and when they build the dam, the government will have to pay them more than they bought it for.
Why is Smith unable to "keep the floor" on his first attempt?
Because he gave the floor to Payne because he trusted him at the time.
Where have all the telegrams come from? Who is behind it all?
They come from his home state. Taylor told them to send in telegrams.
Why don't the people back home support Smith?
Because all they are being told is how bad he is through the newspapers and by Taylor.
What are some of the techniques the director uses during the movie?
They make it darker and lighter during the good and bad people scenes.
What are some symbols the director uses throughout the movie?
Lincoln Memorial, the boys, etc.
What is the importance of the boys throughout the movie?
The only person that treats Smith respectively is one of the boys; Innocence.
What are the basic themes of the movie?
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