Senator Joseph Paine is the secondary antagonist of the 1939 Frank Capra film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He was once a crusading reformer, but gradually became corrupt, and helps political "boss" Jim Taylor try to ruin idealistic Senator Jefferson Smith.
He was portrayed by Claude Rains.
Why He Rocks
- He's not your standard antagonist character, he's shown to have a personality, and is a very complex character.
- Claude Rains gives an incredible performance as the character, including the scenes where he fights is conscience, and switching between good and corruption.
- Despite being a corrupt senator, he is a genuinely kind, goodhearted man who is ashamed of his crimes.
- Throughout the film, he's shown signs that he wasn't happy working for Jim Taylor, and tried to protect Smith from the Taylor machine several times.
- He shown to be a great schemer, as shown when he managed to frame Smith for the Willet Creek dam.
- He ultimately redeems himself by publicly exposing Taylor's corruption and his own part in it, doing the right thing even at the cost of his career.