Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm
Led by 
Mike Canning

One of the best tours of the nation's capital occurs in this Frank Capra-directed classic.  "More fun, even, than the Senate itself . . . not merely a brilliant jest, but a stirring and even inspiring testament to liberty and freedom," declared New York Times film critic Frank Nugent.  Jimmy Stewart portrays Washington's youngest senator, who exposes corruption in high places, almost at the cost of his own career.  With Claude Rains, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell and Edward Arnold.

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Host:  Carolyn Crouch, Founder, Washington Walks

Portrait of Mike CanningMike Canning is the long-time film critic of the Hill Rag and author of Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C.  It was the first publication to offer a comprehensive look at the intersection of the capital and the movies--how Washington, D.C. has been portrayed in American movies.  His reviews can be found at  Mike was a Foreign Service Officer for 28 years, working as a press and cultural officer in eight countries on four continents.  He and his wife Judy have made their home on Capitol Hill for 53 years.