Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) present TCM Big Screen Classics: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. October 14 and 17.
The naïve Jeff Smith (James Stewart) is appointed as a U.S. Senator by a corrupt political party machine headed by the Governor, a publisher, and Senator Paine (Claude Rains).
Paine, hoping to keep Senator Smith from prying into a pending bill for an unnecessary but profitable dam, suggests to Smith that he sponsor a bill for his own pet project, a boys’ camp.
Meanwhile, Smith’s disillusioned secretary, Saunders (Jean Arthur), who is on Paine’s payroll, has fallen in love with Mr. Smith. She informs him that the dam and camp share the same land site!
Shocked, Mr. Smith threatens Paine with exposure, but Paine tells the senate that Smith owns the land. Mr. Smith fights back with an heroic one-man filibuster.
Directed by Frank Capra. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, it won for Original Story (by Lewis R. Foster).
This two-day event includes exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies.