Based on 570 historic production stills from the 1930s and 1940s Hollywood, most never seen by a modern TV audience, and in his own words, from archived interviews unheard for generations, this film is a masterpiece in its own right.
-- Viewers will learn that Capra was nearly ruined by his early success in winning Oscars. That he views "love and compassion" as the key elements in a successful film.
-- That Jimmy Stewart was unemployed and flying kites with Henry Fonda when Capra approached him to play George Bailey.
-- And that the Washington DC establishment tried to shut down distribution of Mr. Smith -- as a threat to their power -- as FDR's Ambassador to London Joseph P. Kennedy led the hostilities.