Frank Capra considered this his best film and many would agree. James Stewart is Jefferson Smith, an idealistic young man appointed to fill out the term of a deceased senator, only to find the place a hotbed of corruption... and he's expected to fall in line. Considered by many to be the pre-eminent political satire, this marvelous comedy-drama remains as relevant today as it was then. Jean Arthur plays a hard-boiled/soft-centered reporter, and the cast was one of the greatest Capra ever assembled: Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Harry Carey, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee, Eugene Pallette, Beulah Bondi, H.B. Warner, Charles Lane, Jack Carson, and Porter Hall. Sidney Buchman wrote the script; the original story, by Lewis Foster, won the film's only Oscar®. As Capra later wrote, "Never make your greatest film the same year as GONE WITH THE WIND." As with Capra's MR. DEEDS, it spawned a 60's sitcom and a remake (BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON).