When the idealistic young Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) winds up appointed to the United States Senate, he gains the mentorship of Senator Joseph Paine (Claude Rains). However, Paine isn't as noble as his reputation would indicate, and he becomes involved in a scheme to discredit Smith, who wants to build a boys' campsite where a more lucrative project could go. Determined to stand up against Paine and his corrupt peers, Smith takes his case to the Senate floor.
WETA Arts spotlights and celebrates visual and performing art in Greater Washington. WETA Around Town's Robert Aubry Davis, a fixture in the Washington-area arts scene, hosts the program.Watch online →