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The State Theatre Presents

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Date

Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Time

7:30 pm

Cost

Adult - $11 (includes fee); Student - $9 (includes fee)

Location

The Friedman Auditorium
130 W. College Ave. State College, PA
Category

Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, the award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. 

When Frank Capra decided to film the novel “The Gentleman From Montana”, he ran into an obstacle Director Rouben Mamoulian owned the rights to the story. Unwilling to sell, Mamoulian eventually traded the material to Columbia on the condition that he be allowed to direct Golden Boy. As Capra began working on the film, now called Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, it was suggested that Gary Copper, the star of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, take the lead. Capra selected Jimmy Stewart instead and the film solidified Stewart’s movie career, garnering him his first Academy Award® nomination. 

Receiving a total of eleven 1939 Oscar® nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), and winning one (Best Motion Picture Story), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is considered one of Capra’s, Stewart’s and Columbia’s finest films. It also marked the end of an era. It was Capra’s final film for the studio.

Information

Director
Frank Capra
Cast
James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains
Country
United States
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Runtime
2h 9m
Year
Frank Capra
Language
English

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