Frank Capra’s timeless 1939 political fable. Political power-brokers decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair, assuming he would be easily controlled by the senior state senator (Claude Rains).
Stewart’s wide-eyed wonderment at the glories of Washington feels like an act to his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur), who doesn’t believe for a minute this overgrown boy scout could be for real. But he is.
Congress didn’t appreciate the portrayal of their august body as being cynical, corrupt and absorbed by their own self-interest, but audiences sure did.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Running Time 129 Minutes