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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)


Tuesday Dec 4, 2012 (1:30pm)



Skirball Cultural Center (Venue Partner)

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd.





Frank Capra was among the first American filmmakers to have his 'name above the title,' and in this Depression-era box office smash, it's easy to see why he's still such a legendary director today. Not only did the movie further solidify Capra's reputation as the quintessential American auteur, but it also helped launch Jimmy Stewart's big-screen career, thanks in no small part to the actor's impassioned illustration of the word 'filibuster' in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Tanja M. Laden, Flavorpill

Skirball Cultural Center says…

The powers-that-be hand-pick country bumpkin Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) to fill a Senate seat. Yet they get more than they bargain for when Smith’s innocence and idealism prove to be potent weapons against the corrupt power games of Washington D.C. This brilliant, prescient comedy was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won for best writing. Also starring Jean Arthur and Claude Rains. Directed by Frank Capra. (1939, 129 min. No MPAA rating.)