Adventure in Washington (1941)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A minor heart-tugger filmed on leftover Mr. Smith Goes to Washington sets, this Columbia production stars the very British Herbert Marshall as US senator John Coleridge. Befriending young Marty Driscoll (Gene Reynolds), a tough kid from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks, Senator Coleridge tries to put Marty on the right track by installing him as a Senate page boy. When Marty sells top-secret information to the press, Coleridge refuses to punish the boy himself: instead, Marty is tried before a jury of his peers-the rest of the pages, who've been anxious to show what they've learned while observing the senators at work. Virginia Bruce does what she can with the thankless role of a DC newspaper sob sister. The link between Adventure in Washington and Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is strengthened by the presence in the cast of Dickie Jones and Pierre Watkin, both of whom had appeared in similar roles in the Capra film.

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delinquency, battle [war], defense [military], defiance, frontier, government, Indian (Native-American)-reservation, journey, land, mock-trial, Native-American, persecution, prison, pursuit, reform [improve], romance, schoolteacher, selling, Senate, starvation, stockbroker, surrender, treaty, troops, US-government, Winter