Cinema: Mr. Smith Riles Washington

While two 60-inch army searchlights played on Washington's Constitution Hall one night last week, a hand-picked crowd of 4,000 expectant Washingtonians filed in to see Director Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington under the auspices of the Capital's National Press Club. On hand were most of the U. S. Senate, about half of the House, three members of the Cabinet and most of Washington's 509 correspondents. They had heard about this story of a rather sappy young idealist, who in defeating a frame-up to oust him from the Senate, exposes one U. S. Senator as corrupt, others as unimaginative, hard-boiled...

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