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Frank Capra
[1897-1991]

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"There are no rules in filmmaking, only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness."

"I thought drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries."

— Frank Capra


       Francesco Rosario Capra was born on 18 May 1897 in Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy; the family immigrated to the United States in 1903 and settled in Los Angeles, California. In 1918, Frank graduated from what is now Cal Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and taught ballistics & mathematics to artillerymen, but became ill with Spanish influenza and was medically discharged with the rank of second lieutenant. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1920, adopting the name Frank Russell Capra.

       He found work in the movie industry, first as a prop man, then working his way up to writing & directing, for Hal Roach, and Mack Sennett, and then for Columbia Pictures. He formed a long-running production team that included writer Robert Riskin, writer Jo Swerling, cameraman Joseph Walker, and writer Sidney Buchman. The record success of "It Happened One Night" [1934] – all five major Oscars – was followed by "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" [1936] – Best Director Oscar; "Lost Horizon" [1937] – Best Director nomination; "You Can't Take It With You" [1938] – Oscars for Best Picture & Best Director; "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" [1939] – Best Picture & Best Director nominations; and "Meet John Doe" [1941].
       Frank Capra was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 1935, and led the organization away from the tense strife with the labor guilds (S.D.G./D.G.A., S.W.G./W.G.A. and S.A.G especially). Capra instituted balloting reforms, added new craft categories, added Supporting Actor & Actress (a bone for S.A.G.), and created the Irving Thalberg Award. He served as president until 1939.
       At the beginning of World War II, he joined the U.S Army as a major and worked for their Signal Corps; he was very proud of the seven-part 'Why We Fight' series; he left the service at war's end as a colonel.
       Frank Capra's postwar films included "It's A Wonderful Life" [1946] starring James Stewart; although the film received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director & Best Actor, it was a boxoffice disappointment. He made several musical comedy features and some science documentaries up thru 1961. He worked on various movie project ideas, but his career was effectively over; he lived his later years in La Quinta, near Palm Springs, California.

       Frank Capra's second wife, Lou Capra [d. 1984] bore him four children, including filmmaker Frank Capra, Jr. [1934-2007]; son Tom Capra operated Capra's Italian Ristorante in Palm Springs for several years; grandson Frank Capra III is a busy assistent director for movies & TV.
       Frank Capra was elected President of the Directors Guild of America in 1960; he received various awards over the years, including the A.F.I. Lifetime Achievement Award in 1982 and the National Medal of Arts in 1986.
       He died in his sleep on 3 September 1991 at the age of 94.

Frank Capra entry at Wikipedia
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Frank Capra credits [1915-84] at Internet Movie Database


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Frank Capra won four Academy Awards
an Oscar® for "It Happened One Night" [1934] {Best Director},
an Oscar® for "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" [1936] {Best Director},
and two Oscars® for "You Can't Take It With You" [1938]
{Best Picture & Best Director} — out of 11 Oscar® nominations

He also received
D.G.A. Lifetime Membership [1941]
the D.G.A. Lifetime Achievement Award [1959]
the A.F.I. Lifetime Achievement Award [1982]
the National Medal of Arts [1986]
and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame




Movies  of  Frank  Capra
Frank Capra credits [1915-84] at Internet Movie Database
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Premiere Frank Capra Collection DVD box set  "The Premiere Frank Capra Collection" box set [2006]
Sony DVD box set [12/2006] 6 disks for $38.78
includes "American Madness" [1932]; multi-Oscar-winner "It Happened One Night" [1934]; Oscar-winner "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" [1936]; Oscar-winner "You Can't Take It With You" [1938]; "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" [1939]; and the tv documentary "Frank Capra's American Dream" [1997]

"Fultah Fisher's Boarding House"
[Fireside/Pathé April 1922 silent short]
Co-written & directed by Frank Capra; based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling • full credits from IMDb

"Tramp, Tramp, Tramp"
[First National Pictures March 1926 silent feature]
Co-writtten by Frank Capra; starring Harry Langdon & Joan Crawford • full credits from IMDb

"Jubilo, Jr." comedy two-reeler [Hal Roach/Pathé June 1924] /tt0235502/
Directed by Robert F. McGowan; scenario by Frank Capra; starring Will Rogers, Mickey Daniels, Charley Chase, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

"The Strong Man"
[First National Pictures Sept 1926 silent feature]
Directed by Frank Capra, starring Harry Langdon & Priscilla Bonner • full credits from IMDb

"Long Pants"
[First National Pictures March 1927 silent feature]
Directed by Frank Capra, starring Harry Langdon, Priscilla Bonner & Alma Bennett • full credits from IMDb

"For The Love of Mike"
[First National Pictures July 1927 silent short]
Directed by Frank Capra; starring Claudette Colbert, Ben Lyon, George Sidney & Ford Sterling;
Frank Capra hated the film, all prints are considered lost • full credits from IMDb

"The Matinee Idol"
[Columbia March 1928 silent feature]
Capra's The Matinee Idol   A famous comedian leaves his hectic life, becomes part of a traveling troupe of players, and falls for the lead actress. Directed by Frank Capra; starring Johnnie Walker & Bessie Love
Sony b&w/color DVD [6/99] for $24.99
full credits from IMDb
the DVD also contains
"Frank Capra's American Dream" [1997] TV documentary by Kenneth Bowser

"That Certain Thing"  [Columbia silent Jan 1928]
Capra's That Certain Thing silent feature  A young woman jumps at the chance to marry the heir to a restaurant fortune, then the millionaire father disinherits the boy. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Frank Capra; starring Viola Dana, Ralph Graves & Burr McIntosh; modern orchestral score provided by Stanford Theater Foundation
Jef Films b&w silent DVD [12/2007] for $17.99
full credits from IMDb

"The Power of The Press"
[Columbia silent feature Oct 1928]
The Power of The Press 1928 silent movie directed by Frank Capra  A cub reporter discovers the daughter of the mayor at the scene of a murder; when he agrees to help clear her, he loses his job. Directed by Frank Capra; starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jobyna Ralston, Mildred Harris, Philo McCullough, Wheeler Oakman & Robert Edeson; listed on National Film Registry (2005)
video/DVD not available • full credits from IMDb

"Rain or Shine" [1930] /tt0021282/ circus movie directed by Frank Capra
simultaneous domestic & foreign versions (both by Capra), since many theaters were not yet converted to sound-on-film

"Ladies of Leisure"
[Columbia sound feature April 1930]
Ladies of Leisure 1930 movie poster directed by Frank Capra  The son of a wealthy businessman wants to be a painter. He tires of the wild party life of his society fiancee and takes a drive in the country, where he meets a scantily clad 'party girl' who has just fled a too-wild party on a yacht. He hires her to be his model ... Co-produced & directed by Frank Capra; adapted by Jo Swerling from the stageplay; starring Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Graves, Lowell Sherman, Marie Prevost, Nance O'Neil, George Fawcett, Juliette Compton & Johnnie Walker
video/DVD not available • full credits from IMDb

"The Miracle Woman" [Columbia July 1931]
The Miracle Woman 1931 movie directed by Frank Capra   When her preacher father is fired by his congregation and dies, disillusioned Florence delivers a fervent and bitter anti-hypocrisy rant from the pulpit. Con-man Horsby notices and convinces her to join him and work as a phony evangelist, for the money. But eventually she tires of performing fake miracles, then meets a simple blind man and falls in love. Directed by Frank Capra; script by Jo Swerling, based on the play "Bless You Sister" by John Meehan & Robert Riskin; starring Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy, Beryl Mercer, Russell Hopton, Charles Middleton, Eddie Boland & Thelma Hill
not available on DVD; Sony b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Platinum Blonde"  [Columbia Oct 1931]
Platinum Blonde half-sheet poster  A newspaper reporter secretly marries a beautiful high society girl, but her wealthy snob relatives shun his colleagues & friends. Directed by Frank Capra; co-written by Robert Riskin; starring Robert Williams, Jean Harlow, Loretta Young, Halliwell Hobbes, Reginald Owen, Edmund Breese, Don Dillaway, Walter Catlett, Claud Allister & Louise Closser Hale
Sony b&w DVD [11/2003] for $12.49
Sony b&w VHS [9/97] out of prodb/used
full credits from IMDb

"American Madness" [Columbia Aug 1932]
American Madness movie  While under pressure to sell out to a larger bank, a small-town banker has to deal with a robbery, a loyal employee accused of the theft, a disloyal employee with a large gambling debt, and an unfaithful wife – plus a run by depositors on his bank. Directed by Frank Capra; script by Robert Riskin; starring Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson, Constance Cummings, Gavin Gordon, Sterling Holloway & Charley Grapewin
Sony b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Bitter Tea of General Yen"
[Columbia Jan 1933]
Bitter Tea of General Yen  A young American arrives in Shanghai, China to marry a missionary. She is caught up in the turmoil of the Chinese Civil War, rescued by a general, and soon entangled with espionage and forbidden love. Directed by Frank Capra; starring Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori, Walter Connolly, Gavin Gordon, Lucien Littlefield, Richard Loo, Helen Jerome Eddy & Emmett Corrigan
Sony b&w VHS [6/94] out of prodn/used
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $13.47
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits from IMDb

"Lady For A Day"
[Columbia Sept 1933]
Lady For A Day movie poster  A charming fairy tale: A street-seller in New York City has lied to her daughter in Spain about being a high society dowager. When the girl has the chance to marry a count, the mother enlists street pals, including a local gangster, in maintaining the pretense. (Capra's first big hit; remade in 1961 as "Pocketful of Miracles".) Directed by Frank Capra; script by Robert Riskin, based on a Damon Runyon story; starring Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks, Walter Connolly, Jean Parker, Nat Pendleton, Hobart Bosworth, Robert Emmett O'Connor & Halliwell Hobbes; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script/Adaptation & Best Actress (MR)
Image Ent. b&w DVD [10/2001] for $21.99
Image Ent. b&w VHS [10/2001] for $14.23
full credits from IMDb

"It Happened One Night"
[Columbia Feb 1934]
the first Oscar 'grand slam': won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress & Best Script
Best Picture Oscar  Best Director Oscar  Best Script Oscar  Best Actor Oscar  Best Actress Oscar  
It Happened One Night poster  
The father of a spoiled, spunky socialite annuls her marriage, so she jumps off his yacht and runs away. An out-of-work reporter realizes he has a choice story when he meets her on a cross-country bus, and he trades his silence & help for an exclusive. But during their travels together, they reluctantly fall in love – though neither is able to admit it. Produced & directed by Frank Capra; script by Robert Riskin, based on the Samuel Hopkins Adams novel "Night Bus"; starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas, Alan Hale & Ward Bond; listed on National Film Registry 1993
Sony b&w DVD [12/99] for $18.99
Sony b&w VHS [6/94] out of prodn/used
movie poster giclee art print {4 sizes} available at AllPosters.com
full credits from IMDb

"Broadway Bill"  [Columbia Nov 1934]
Broadway Bill movie   The son-in-law of a tycoon runs away from the company town, along with his race horse and his wife's sister, chasing the dream of winning the Imperial Derby; remade in 1950 as "Riding High" starring Bing Crosby. Directed by Frank Capra; script by Robert Riskin, from a Mark Hellinger story; starring Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly, Helen Vinson, Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn, Lynne Overman, Clarence Muse & Margaret Hamilton
Paramount b&w DVD [8/2004] for $12.99
Paramount b&w VHS [9/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Mr. Deeds Goes To Town"
[Columbia April 1936]
Best Picture Oscar  Mr. Deeds Goes To Town  A small-town tuba player inherits a fortune from a distant relative; he moves to the big city and fends off a stream of city slickers, embezzlers, moochers & phonies, and a greedy opera committee. Then a hot-shot female reporter gets him in her sights... Produced & directed by Frank Capra; script by Robert Riskin, based on a story by Clarence Budington Kelland; starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn, H.B. Warner, Ruth Donnelly & George 'Gabby' Hayes; won Oscar for Best Director, nominated for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Sound
Sony b&w DVD [2/2000] for $17.99
Sony b&w VHS [5/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" [1969 tv series]: partial credits at IMDb

"Lost Horizon" [Columbia March 1937]
Lost Horizon poster by James Montgomery Flagg  
Lost Horizon 6-sheet poster  
A British author-diplomat-adventurer is kidnapped to an isolated Himalayan valley where inhabitants live for centuries. {NOTE: Capra burned the first two reels and released the film at 108 minutes; film slueths have restored the film to the original 132/134 minutes, now available on DVD.} Produced & directed by Frank Capra; script by Robert Riskin, based on James Hilton's novel; starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Sam Jaffe, H.B. Warner, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo & Isabel Jewell; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best A.D., Best Supporting Actor {HBW), Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin) & Best Sound; won Oscars for Best Art Direction & Best Film Editing
Sony b&w DVD [8/99] for $24.88
Sony b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
Soundtrack Factory soundtrack CD [1/99] for $11.99
full credits from IMDb
color musical remake [1973]
Produced by Ross Hunter, directed by Charles Jarrott
full credits from IMDb

Lost Horizon 1933 novel  "Lost Horizon: The Haunting Novel of Love In Shangri-La" [1933]
by James Hilton [1900-54]

chosen to be the first novel published in paperback form, as Pocket Book #1
Pocket mass pb [1/88] for $6.99
Harper 8x5½ pb [6/2004] for $9.97
Amereon 8¾x6 hardcover [6/93] for $24.95
Reader's Digest hardcover [1/90] out of prodn/many used
book entry at Wikipedia; book/movie fansite

"Messenger: A Sequel To Lost Horizon - A Story of Shangri-La" [1994]
by Frank DeMarco
Hampton Roads pb [8/94] for $9.95

unpublished "Karakal: Lost Horizon - The Return"
by Kilburn Hall

"You Can't Take It With You"
[Columbia August 1938]
Best Picture Oscar  
Best Picture Oscar  
You Can't Take It With You  
You Can't Take It With You  
The son of a wealthy, snobbish family plans to marry the lovely daughter of a free-spirited & loving family presided over by a wise grandfather. Produced & directed by Frank Capra; script by Robert Riskin, based on the hit Broadway play {below}; music by Dimitri Tiomkin; starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller, Samuel S. Hinds, Donald Meek, H.B. Warner, Halliwell Hobbes, Dub Taylor, Mary Forbes, Lillian Yarbo & Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson; won Oscars for Best Picture & Best Director, Oscar nominated for Best Script, Best Supporting Actress (SB), Best Cinematography, Best Editing & Best Sound
Sony b&w DVD [2/2003] for $26.99
Sony b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb

Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman
Dramatists Play Service 8x5½ pb playscript [1/98] for $7.50
credits for 2-year Broadway run [Dec 1936 - Dec 1938] at IBDb

"Mr. Smith Goes To Washington"
[Columbia Oct 1939]
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington movie poster from AllPosters.com  
yellow/red Mr. Smith Goes To Washington movie poster  
11"x17" movie poster available at AllPosters.com
A classic struggle between good & evil: A naive Boy Scout leader is appointed U.S. Senator on a lark; threatened by his idealism, the corrupt system in Washington, DC first tries to bribe him, then manufactures a scandal. Directed by Frank Capra; script by Sidney Buchman, based on a story by Lewis R. Foster; starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Eugene Pallette, Harry Carey, Beulah Bondi, H.B. Warner & William Demarest; won an Oscar for Best Original Story, nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor, two Best Supporting Actors (Rains & Carey), Best Music [Dimitri Tiomkin], Best Art Direction, Best Editing & Best Sound; listed on National Film Registry (1989)
Sony b&w DVD [2/2000] for $19.99
Sony b&w VHS [2/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbwatch official trailer [1:41] at YouTube

"Meet John Doe" [Warner Bros. May 1941]
Meet John Doe poster  

11"x17" poster available at AllPosters.com
A pitch-black jeremiad against manipulation by the media: A laid-off female reporter writes a biting (fake) letter from a despairing unemployed 'John Doe' who threatens to jump off the top of city hall on Christmas Eve. The public outcry leads to the reporter keeping her job and the newspaper milking the story for all it is worth. The paper hires a down-and-out baseball player to portray 'John Doe'; his staunch character is very popular, causing a grass-roots political movement that is twisted by a ruthless financier. Produced & directed by Frank Capra; story by Richard Connell & Robert Presnell Sr., script by Robert Riskin; music by Dimitri Tiomkin; starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart, Rod La Rocque, Regis Toomey & Sterling Holloway; Oscar nomination for Best Story
Alpha Video b&w DVD [1/2002] for $7.98
Passport b&w DVD [8/2003] for $9.98
b&w VHS [undated] for $12.99
Timeless Multimedia b&w VHS [12/98] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb

"Why We Fight" documentary series [1943-45]
Best Documentary Oscar awarded to the U.S. Army  
Why We Fight series  
Produced for showing to new recruits and also released to theaters.
Produced & co-directed by Frank Capra [1897-1991] and co-directed by Anatole Litvak [1902-74] & Anthony Veiller [1903-65] for the U.S. Army Signal Corps; the "Prelude To War" segment won a Best Documentary Oscar for the U.S. Army; listed in National Film Registry (2000)
Gaiam Americas DVD boxed set [2/2009] 4 disks for $9.98
Goodtimes DVD boxed set [3/2001] 4 disks out of prodn/used
Rhino b&w VHS boxed set [8/98] 7 tapes for $37.98
1: Prelude to War [1943] full credits from IMDb
2: The Nazis Strike [1943] full credits from IMDb
—  Episodes 1 & 2: DVD for $4.98VHS out of prodn/used
3: Divide & Conquer [1943] full credits from IMDb
4: The Battle of Britain [1943] full credits from IMDb
—  Episodes 3 & 4: DVD for $4.98VHS out of prodn/used
5: The Battle of Russia [1943] full credits from IMDb
—  Episode 5: DVD for $4.98VHS out of prodn/used
6: The Battle of China [1944] full credits from IMDb
7: War Comes To America [1945] full credits from IMDb
—  Episodes 6 & 7: DVD for $4.98VHS out of prodn/used

"The Negro Soldier" [U.S. War Dept. April 1944]
'The Negro Soldier' 1944 War Department propaganda film  43-minute short film documenting the contributions of Afro-Americans to America's victory in World War II — straight-forward propaganda for the recruitment of Negro soldiers Produced by Col. Frank Capra; directed by Capt. Stuart Heisler; script by Carlton Moss; starring Clarence Brooks, Lt. Norman Ford, Carlton Moss, Sgt. Clyde Turner & Bertha Woolford
Sony b&w VHS [6/94] out of prodn/used
Hollywood Select Video b&w VHS [3/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Arsenic and Old Lace"
[Warner Bros. Sept 1944]
Arsenic & Old Lace movie poster  A newly-married bachelor stage critic drops in on his two spinster aunts in Brooklyn and discovers that they have the 'bad habit' of killing lonely old men, with the help of cousin who thinks that he is President Teddy Roosevelt. The insanity is ramped up when his sociopathic brother arrives to hide out from the police. Co-produced & directed by Frank Capra; script by Julius J. Epstein & Philip G. Epstein, based on the 1941 play by Joseph Kesselring; starring Cary Grant, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, John Alexander, Jack Carson, John Ridgely, Edward McNamara, James Gleason, Grant Mitchell & Edward Everett Horton
Turner b&w DVD [8/2000] for $10.99
M.G.M./Warner b&w VHS [7/98] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb

"It's A Wonderful Life" [Liberty/R.K.O. Dec 1946]
It's a Wonderful Life white poster  
It's a Wonderful Life black one-sheet poster  
A despondent small-town banker is ready to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge, when his inept guardian angel appears and shows him what his town would be like if he had not been born. Co-written & directed by Frank Capra; based on a Christmas card sent out by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1943; music by Dimitri Tiomkin; starring James Stewart, Donna Reed , Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H.B. Warner & Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing & Best Sound; listed on National Film Registry (1990)
{Some fool at a later distribitor let the motion picture copyright lapse, and since no royalties or permissions were required, this happy film was shown on television for many years during the Thanksgiving & Christmas seasons. But then the legal department realized that they still had a copyright on the music and other elements, so bootleg copies were stamped out and now permissions & payment of royalties are required for any broadcast.}
Paramount b&w Blu-ray [11/2009] 2 disks for $25.95
Paramount b&w/color DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $14.95
Paramount 60th Anniv Edition b&w DVD [10/2006] for $16.80
Republic Pictures b&w VHS [9/95] for 60¢ {sic}
Republic Pictures Deluxe Anniv Edition b&w VHS [9/96] for $7.95
Sony soundtrack CD [10/97] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbBroadway play [2005] credits at IBDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
The Greatest Gift  
"The Greatest Gift: The Original Story That Inspired The
Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life" [1943]
by Philip Van Doren Stern

Studio 7¾x5¾ hardcover [11/96] out of print/used
"It Happened One Christmas"
[Universal TV/NBC-TV Dec 1977]
It Happened One Xmas NBC TV holiday special starring Marlo Thomas  A gender-reversed reworking of Capra's 1947 classic. A woman whose life is coming apart wishes that she had never been born, so an angel is sent to Earth to grant her wish after showing her how her never having been born would have affected everyone else. Directed by Donald Wrye; adapted by Lionel Chetwynd; co-produced by & starring Marlo Thomas, also starring Orson Welles, Wayne Rogers, Cloris Leachman & Barney Martin
DVDs were produced, but not available via Amazon (2009)
full credits from IMDb

"State of The Union" [M.G.M. April 1948]
State of The Union 6-sheet poster  The party machinery becomes worried when a candidate for President begins speaking out boldly against corruption. Produced & directed by Frank Capra; based on the Pulitzer-winning 1945 stageplay by Russel Crouse & Howard Lindsay; starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury, Adolphe Menjou, Lewis Stone, Margaret Hamilton, Art Baker & Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Universal b&w DVD [8/2006] for $12.99
Universal b&w VHS [1/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbBroadway play credits at IBDb

"Riding  High"  [Paramount April 1950]
Riding High movie  A musical remake of Capra's "Broadway Bill" [1934], using many scenes from the original, even including deceased actors! The son-in-law of a tycoon runs away from the company town, along with his race horse and his wife's sister, chasing the dream of winning the Imperial Derby. Produced & directed by Frank Capra; starring Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Charles Bickford, Frances Gifford, William Demarest, Ray- mond Walburn, James Gleason, Ward Bond, Clarence Muse, Percy Kilbride, Harry Davenport, Margaret Hamilton, Gene Lockhart, Joe Frisco, Dub Taylor, Max Baer, Clara Blandick & Oliver Hardy {cameo}
Paramount b&w DVD [8/2004] for $12.99
Paramount b&w VHS [1/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Here Comes The Groom"
[Paramount Sept 1951]
Here Comes The Groom  A foreign correspondent working with orphans in France hurries home to Boston to prevent his fiancée from marrying somebody else, with two cute orphans in tow. Co-produced & directed by Frank Capra; based on a story by Robert Riskin; starring Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, Franchot Tone, James Barton, Robert Keith, Jacques Gencel, H.B. Warner, Beverly Washburn, Walter Catlett, Ellen Corby, Alan Reed, Art Baker, Anna Maria Alberghetti & Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, with cameos by Louis Armstrong, Frank Fontaine & Dorothy Lamour
Paramount double-bill DVD [6/2004] for $12.99 with "Just For You" [1952]
Paramount b&w VHS [7/90] out of prod/used
full credits from IMDb

"A Hole In The Head"
[United Artists July 1959]
A Hole In The Head  A Miami, Florida hotel owner desparately needs a loan, and his brother agrees on the condition that he give up his girlfriend and settle down by marrying a nice, quiet woman. Produced & directed by Frank Capra; script by Arnold Schulman, based on his 1957 play; starring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Eddie Hodges, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Keenan Wynn, Joi Lansing, Dub Taylor, B.S. Pulley, Joyce Nizzari, Connie Sawyer & James Komack
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [9/2001] for $12.99
M.G.M. color VHS [12/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
FC's movie fansite

"Pocketful of Miracles"
[United Artists Dec 1961]
Pocketful of Miracles movie poster  A charming fairy tale: A street-seller in New York City has lied to her daughter in Spain about being a high society dowager. When the girl has the chance to marry a count, the mother enlists street pals, including a local bootlegger, in maintaining the pretense. (A remake of Capra's "Lady For A Day" [1933], which was based on a story by Damon Runyon.) Co-produced & directed by Frank Capra; starring Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Peter Falk, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Shaughnessy & Ann-Margret; minor roles by David Brian, Sheldon Leonard, Peter Mann, Barton MacLane, Fritz Feld, Ellen Corby, Jack Elam, Mike Mazurki & Doodles Weaver
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [9/2001] out of prodn/many used
M.G.M. color VHS [8/99] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


Books  By  Frank  Capra

Name Above The Title autobiography  "The Name Above The Title: An Autobiography"
[Macmillan 1971] by Frank Capra

Da Capo Press 9x6 pb [1/2001] for $19.95
Vintage pb [3/85] out of print/used
W.H. Allen hardcover [1/72] out of print/used
Macmillan hardcover [1/71] out of print/used
"Frank Capra: El Nombre Delante del Titulo" [1999]
Spanish-language edition pb [undated] for $21.95
Frank Capra Interviews  
"Frank Capra: Interviews" [2004]
by Leland A. Poague

Univ Press of MS 9x6 pb [3/2004] for $15.60
Univ Press of MS 9¼x6 hardcover [3/2004] for $50.00


Works  About  Frank Capra

"The Men Who Made The Movies: Frank Capra" [1973 TV]
Directed by Richard Schickelbare credits at IMDb

Men Who Made The Movies interviews book by Richard Schickel  "The Men Who Made The Movies: Interviews With Frank Capra, George Cukor, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Vincente Minnelli, King Vidor, Raoul Walsh & William A. Wellman" [1975]
by Richard Schickel

Ivan R. Dee, Publr 9x6 pb [4/2001] for $19.95
Atheneum 10¼x7¼ hardcover [1975] out of print/used
A.F.I. Lifetime Achievement Award Frank Capra  American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award 1982:
Frank Capra [1897-1991]

honoree credits from IMDb
Republic color VHS [2/98] out of stock/used
show credits from IMDb
American Vision  "American Vision: The Films of Frank Capra" [1986]
by Ray Carney

Wesleyan Univ Press 9x6 pb [3/96] out of print/used
Cambridge Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [10/86] out of print/used
Romantic Comedy from Lubitsch to Sturges  "Romantic Comedy In Hollywood: From Lubitsch To Sturges" [1987]
by James Harvey

covers masters of the genre Ernst Lubitsch [1892-1947], Frank Capra, George Stevens [1904-75], Howard Hawks [1896-1977] & Preston Sturges [1898-1959], and many actors
Da Capo Press 9x6½ pb [1/2001] for $26.00
Knopf hardcover [12/87] out of print/used
Frank Capra Catastrophe of Success by Joseph McBride  "Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success" [1992]
by Joseph McBride

Univ Press of Mississippi 9¼x6 pb [2/2011] for $24.21
St. Martin's Griffin 9¼x6¼ pb [11/2000] out of print/used
Touchstone 9¼x6¼ pb [3/93] out of print/many used
S&S 9½x6½ hardcover [4/92] out of print/used
Another Frank Capra book by Leland Poague  "Another Frank Capra" [1995]
by Leland Poague

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [11/2005] for $56.76
Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/95] out of print/used
Frank Capra's American Dream tv documentary  "Frank Capra's American Dream" [Columbia-TriStar TV documentary 1997]
Co-produced, written & directed by Kenneth Bowser; hosted by Ron Howard
Sony color/b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
avaliable on DVD paired with Capra's "The Matinee Idol" [1928 silent]
or as part of Sony's "Premiere Frank Capra Collection" 6-disk DVD box set
Frank Capra / Studio System  "Frank Capra: Authorship & The Studio System" [1998]
Edited by Robert Sklar & Vito Zagarrio

Temple Univ Press 8¼x5½ pb [4/98] for $25.95
Temple Univ Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [4/98] for $59.50
Hollywood Renaissance / Cinema of Democracy  "Hollywood Renaissance: The Cinema of Democracy In The Era of Ford, Capra & Kazan" [1998] by Sam B. Girgus
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [8/98] for $29.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [8/98] out of print/used

see also Magic Lantern's Elia Kazan [1909-2003] Page
see also the John Ford [1894-1973] Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

Frank Capra / Image of The Journalist by Joe Saltzman  "Frank Capra and The Image of The Journalist In American Film" [2002]
by Joe Saltzman

Norman Lear Center at U.S.C. 8½x9½ pb [5/2002] for $34.95
author's homepage at Annenberg/U.S.C.
Regarding Frank Capra by Eric Smoodin  "Regarding Frank Capra: Audience, Celebrity & American Film Studies,
1930-1960" [2004] by Eric Smoodin

Duke Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [11/2004] for $24.95
Duke Univ Press hardcover [11/2004] for $89.95
Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age  "Conversations With The Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age: At The American Film Institute" [2006] by George Stevens, Jr.
interviews with 32 major writers, directors & cinematographers, including Ingmar Bergman, writer Ray Bradbury, Richard Brooks, Frank Capra, William Clothier, Stanley Cortez, George Cukor, Federico Fellini, George Folsey, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, James Wong Howe, John Huston, Elia Kazan, Gene Kelly, Stanley Kramer, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Ernest Lehman, Mervyn LeRoy, Harold Lloyd, Rouben Mamoulian, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, George Stevens, King Vidor, Hal Wallis, Raoul Walsh, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise, William Wyler & Fred Zinnemann
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2006] for $23.10
In Capra's Shadow / Screenwriter Robert Riskin  
"In Capra's Shadow: The Life & Career of Screenwriter Robert Riskin" [2006]
by Ian Scott

Univ Press of KY 9x6 hardcover [7/2006] for $40.00
Conversations with Directors anthology edited by Elsie M. Walker & David T. Johnson  "Conversations With Directors: An Anthology of Interviews From Literature/Film Quarterly" [2008] Edited by Elsie M. Walker & David T. Johnson
interviewees include: Robert Altman, Frank Capra, René Clair, Martha Coolidge, Wes Craven, Terence Davies & Olivia Stewart, Edward Dmytryk, Federico Fellini, William Friedkin, Richard Leacock, Richard Linklater, Baz Luhrmann, Louis Malle, Jonas Mekas, Marcel Ophüls, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Eric Rohmer, Patricia Rozema, John Schlesinger, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Marcela Fernández Violante, Andrej Wajda, Wayne Wang, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise & Franco Zefferelli
Scarecrow Press 9x6 pb [3/2008] for $55.00

American Classic Screen Interviews book edited by  John C. Tibbetts & James M. Welsh  "American Classic Screen: Interviews" [2010]
Edited by John C. Tibbetts & James M. Welsh, Foreword by Kevin Brownlow

Scarecrow Press 8¾x6 pb [8/2010] for $36.52
American Classic Screen Magazine [1976-86] was published by The National Film Society; these exclusive interviews have long been difficult or impossible to access, but are now collected by editors Tibbetts & Welsh; the Interviews include: Fred Astaire, Joan Bennett, Bernard Brown, Kevin Brownlow, Frank Capra, William Clothier, Buster Crabbe, Olivia de Havilland, Stanley Donen, Irene Dunne, William K. Everson, Joan Fontaine, Friz Freleng, Margaret Hamilton, Winton C. Hoch, Ollie Johnston, Henry King, Mervyn Le Roy, Fred MacMurray, Glen MacWilliams, Rouben Mamoulian, Mike Mazurki, Clarence 'Ducky' Nash, Paul Newman, Hermes Pan, Robert Preston, Esther Ralston, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers & Jane Withers

The Capra Touch book by Matthew C. Gunter  "The Capra Touch: A Study of The Director's Hollywood Classics and War Documentaries, 1934-1945" [2011]
by Matthew C. Gunter

Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [11/2011] for $16.19
McFarland & Co. pb [8/2011] for $42.75


Friends & Family

second wife Lou Capra [d. 1984]
son filmmaker Frank Capra, Jr. [1934-2007]
son Tom Capra
two other children

grandson Frank Capra III is a busy assistent director for movies & TV
great-granddaughter screenwriter Chanel Capra
great-grandson actor Francis Capra
great-grandson Asa Capra
great-granddaughter Ava Capra


Links

Frank Capra entry at Wikipedia
browse Frank Capra on DVD
search for Frank Capra movie posters at AllPosters.com
Frank Capra credits [1915-84] at Internet Movie Database




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