The story of an idealistic young senator who naively takes on Washington corruption, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) is a beloved film that appears on four of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – and Jimmy Stewart’s character, Jefferson Smith, was named one of cinema’s most inspiring screen heroes by AFI. Stewart was also honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in 1980, and two years later, director Frank Capra received his own AFI Life Achievement Award. Learn more about MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON in the AFI Catalog – and marvel alongside Stewart’s Jefferson Smith at the patriotic grandeur of the Lincoln Memorial, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this month.
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) – AFI Movie Club
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