True Blue
Wednesday 27 September 2006, 13:36 pm
Filed under: MLB.TV, Obscure Cultural References


You are a film scholar!

Blue Velvet writes:

In keeping with the recent spate of Olbermann “special comments,” the following came to mind.

Good one. Jimmy Stewart sings better than Bwana, but Bwana does a good fire and brimstone. He scares Toaster sometimes.


When it was first released, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was attacked as an anti-American pro-Communist film for its portrayal of corruption in the American government.

The film was banned in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Francist Spain. Dubbing was used to alter the message of the film to conform with official ideology, according to Capra.

In 1942, when a ban on American films was imposed in German-occupied France, the title theaters chose Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for their last movie before the ban went into effect. One Paris theater owner reportedly screened the film nonstop for thirty days prior to the ban.


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Frank Capra’s autobiography, “The Name Above The Title,” gives a detailed account of Washington’s reaction to the film’s premiere in D.C. I recommend reading the whole book – it’s as delightful and as engaging as his film oeuvre.

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Dearest Mattress,

I have just heard about the terrible fright Bwana was put through at his home. I hope you, Toaster and the rest of his friends are all right and have not suffered any excessive anxieties over this, although I worry considerably about Mailbox. Is he OK?

Best to all of you…

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