The Inside Story (1948) is one of director Allan Dwan's sweetest and wisest films. Made on a shoestring for Republic Pictures, it tells of $1,000 that circulates through a small Vermont town during the Depression, improving everyone's lot. A collections agent (Roscoe Karns) arrives in town with the cash, which is intended for a local farmer, but after an elaborate comedy of errors it ends up in the hands of a desperate innkeeper (Gene Lockhart) who uses it to pay off his supplier. The cash then travels down Main Street, passing through the hands of struggling shop owners, lawyers, and painters — infusing the whole area with hope. The Inside Story is both a loving portrait of community and a lucid lesson in economics, displaying the value of investment over austerity. It is not available on home video, so get to Metrograph, which is screening a 35mm print restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.