Cinema: The New Pictures: Oct. 23, 1939

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Columbia). Last week U. S. audiences, smiling in anticipation, trooped into movie houses to see smart Director Frank Capra repeat his Mr. Deeds Goes to Town in a Boy Scout uniform and a Senator's ten-gallon hat. What they saw was just as funny as Mr. Deeds, but it did not leave them smiling.

Thirty-year-old, baby-eyed Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) is head of the Boy Rangers, and a simpletonian Democrat. His fuzzy ideas make Governor Hopper (foxy-grandpopsical Guy Kibbee) and Political Boss Taylor (Edward Arnold) think Jeff the ideal Senator...

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