In Their Words — Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Capra, and Joseph Walker making 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (1939)
Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Frank Capra, and Joseph Walker making Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

At a seminar with film students in the 1970s, Capra was asked if there was still a way to make movies about the kinds of values and ideals found in the Capra films.

Well, if there isn’t,” he said, “we might as well give up.