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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Opens on July 9

Director: Frank Capra Run Time: 129 min. Release Year: 1939

Starring: Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, James Stewart, Jean Arthur

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.

“There’s tremendous dramatic impact threaded throughout the picture, interwoven with those deft human episodes which have become familiar with Capra’s direction in previous pictures. He keys the motivation of his basic premise without wasting time, and then carries it through vigorously.” ~ Variety

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