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Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court Continues Centennial Film Classics Series

1930s Movie Classic Is Academy-Award Winning Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 30, 2008—Georgian Court celebrates its Centennial year with Centennial Film Classics, a Monday night film series featuring movies from each of the eight decades that the university has resided in Lakewood.

The latest installment for the 1930s decade, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), will be shown on Monday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. The film received the Academy Award for Best Writing of an Original Story and was nominated in 10 additional categories.

Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. For more information or to make reservations, contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Forthcoming films in this series include Citizen Kane for the 1940s on November 17 and An American in Paris for the 1950s on December 1. All films will be shown in the Little Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

About Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair, believing that the naïve man will be easily controlled by the senior senator from his state (Claude Rains), a respected but corrupt career politician. Director Frank Capra fills the movie with Smith’s wide-eyed wonder at the glories of Washington, all of which ring false for his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur), who doesn’t believe for a minute this rube could be for real. But he is. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is Capra’s ode to the power of innocence—an idea so potent that present-day audiences may find themselves wishing for a new Mr. Smith in Congress.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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