We Have Been Warned

by dgranger | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Many classic films of the black and white era, especially Frank Capra’s movies, depict the political machines, show how the media (especially newspapers) can be used in dirty politics, and show how the hate and race cards can be played in media campaign politics. Some of them have honest politicians corrupted by the system. Sadly, things haven’t changed much and many of these films are still relevant today. These films just need a minor touch of updating to be remade today and still be relevant. Which of these old black and white films do you feel is the most relevant today and can be remade today? (I don’t mean ones that has been already remade.)

The nominating petition is here if you have any to suggest. Just remember black and white films, never remade, about politics and can be updated with minor changes.

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1. Meet John Doe (1941)

Passed | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man needing money agrees to impersonate a non-existent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan

Votes: 12,392

This film shows how hoaxes are created and that a newspaper reporter can lie. It shows how political movements are started and how they can be manipulated and corrupted by powerful people with their own agenda supporting them.

2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Passed | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 108,619 | Gross: $9.60M

Shows a newspaper smear comprised of lies. It also shows a biased congressional investigation with witnesses giving false testimony in it. The false outrage of politicians. Ooops, almost forgot, Washington DC swamp rats are here too! Not bad for a film that is about 82 years old.

3. State of the Union (1948)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 3,545

This movie shows an honest man being forced to do deals and use the race hate card while campaigning.

4. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 412,041 | Gross: $1.59M

The line that reveals how much power Kane thinks his newspapers have is “People will think what I tell them to think.”

5. The Last Hurrah (1958)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as mayor of a U.S. town for the last time.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Pat O'Brien

Votes: 3,166

The political machine and swamp rats.

6. I Married a Witch (1942)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward

Votes: 7,212 | Gross: $0.31M

It does show a person, who owns a newspaper, trying to use it to sway an election. And even though it is done through fantasy and the metaphor of a magic spell, it makes a comment about voter fraud and ballot tampering.

7. The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Charles Bickford

Votes: 2,360

It does show a back room meeting of a party’s elite choosing a candidate for congress while an honest maid in the house learns about politics and decides to run against their handpicked candidate.

8. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A female radio reporter turns a folk-singing drifter into a powerful media star.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Votes: 14,310

Shows a folk-singing drifter into a powerful narcissistic media star. Suggested by dan_dassow

9. Advise & Consent (1962)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller

Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 6,627

The film shows senate investigation hearings, impeachment and the backdoor politics and personal feuds that go on in congress and the federal government. Suggested by Pencho15.

10. Tennessee Johnson (1942)

Passed | 103 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of Andrew Johnson, who followed Abraham Lincoln into office and became the first President of the United States ever to be impeached.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main

Votes: 499

A biopic of the first U.S. President to face an impeachment trial. Suggested by Pencho15.

11. Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron

Votes: 1,231

A president trying to drain the swamp in Washington D.C. And the swamp fighting back. It shows an attempt to impeach the president. Suggested by Pencho15.

12. Exposed (1938)

Passed | 63 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A magazine reporter exposes a crooked District Attorney, resulting in his trial. Complications ensue, however, when the man is acquitted.

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Glenda Farrell, Otto Kruger, Herbert Mundin, Charles D. Brown

Votes: 37

Plot summary: “A magazine reporter exposes a crooked District Attorney, resulting in his trial. Complications ensue, however, when the man is acquitted.” Suggested by Pencho15.

13. Torchy Runs for Mayor (1939)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Torchy conducts a one woman campaign against a corrupt mayor and crime boss, and when the reform candidate is murdered, she takes up the banner.

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, John Miljan

Votes: 341

Plot summary: “Torchy conducts a one woman campaign against a corrupt mayor and crime boss, and when the reform candidate is murdered, she takes up the banner.” It has a woman candidate, politics and organized crime. Suggested by Pencho15.

14. Seven Days in May (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner

Votes: 13,191

Shows a coup d’etat attempt by military leaders to oust a duly elected president. They had sworn to protect the constitution but they detest democracy and they believe they should rule instead of elected officials.

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