She's Jean Arthur, as Clarissa Saunders, in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Her pencil appears to be an Eagle Mikado. (How can one tell? By the distinctive band on the ferrule, not quite visible in this soft-focus shot.) After Pearl Harbor, the Mikado was renamed Mirado.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Red-headed woman with reporter's notebook
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
By Michael Leddy at 2:21 PM