Frank Capra

Frank Capra

Date of Birth: 18 May 1897

Country: USA

Biography: Born in Sicily, Capra was a director, producer and writer who worked his way from Los Angeles's Italian ghetto to become the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. His rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the "American dream personified". (Wikipedia)

Total Credits at Criticker: 7 (Actor), 49 (Director), 24 (Writer)

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    An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.
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    Arsenic and Old Lace
    A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (imdb)
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.
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    It Happened One Night
    A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story. But then he falls for her... (imdb)
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    You Can\
    A good-natured but decidedly eccentric family meets a new friend. (imdb)
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    A Hole in the Head
    An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son. (imdb)
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    Meet John Doe
    A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. (imdb)
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    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
    Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (imdb)
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    The Strong Man
    A meek Belgian soldier (Harry Langdon) fighting in World War I receives penpal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown"... (imdb)
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    Riding High
    A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race. (imdb)
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    Lost Horizon
    A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La, but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?
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    Forbidden
    In this romance a librarian takes a cruise and falls for an unobtainable man, a district attorney married to a crippled woman. (imdb)
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    American Madness
    It's the 1930s, the Depression era, and the Board of Directors of Thomas Dickson's bank want Dickson to merge with New York Trust and resign. He refuses. One night, Dickson's bank is robbed of $100,000. The suspect is Matt Brown, an ex-convict whom Dickson hired and appointed Chief Teller... (imdb)
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    Lady for a Day
    Aple Annie is an indigent woman who has always written to her daughter in Spain that she is a member of New York's high society. Now her daughter plans to return to America with her new finance and his father, a member of Spain's aristocracy. Annie must pretend to be wealthy or the count will not give his blessing... (imdb)
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    Platinum Blonde
    Reporter Gallagher loves reporter Smith who marries Anne. He's soon born being married to a socialite and asks Gallagher to help him write a play. She arrives with a bunch of reporters and the mansion turns into a party. Anne arrives and orders them out and Smith goes with them. (imdb)
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    The Bitter Tea of General Yen
    The American missionary Megan Davis arrives in Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War to marry the missionary Dr. Robert Strife. However, Robert postpones their wedding to rescue some orphans in an orphanage in Chapei section that is burning in the middle of a battlefield... (imdb)
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    Pocketful of Miracles
    Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples --- he thinks they bring him luck... (imdb)
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    State of the Union
    An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels. (IMDb)
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    The Miracle Woman
    After Florence Fallon's father is fired from the church where he preached for many years, she becomes embittered and loses faith. She teams up with Horsby, a con man, and performs fake miracles for profit. But the love and trust of a blind man restores her faith in God and her fellow man. (imdb)
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    The Power of the Press
    An aspiring newspaper reporter investigates as a young woman suspected of murder.
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    Prelude to War
    The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought. (imdb)
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    The Nazis Strike
    The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war. (imdb)
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    Divide and Conquer
    The World War II US Government account of the European theatre of the war from after the English and French entry to the fall of France. (imdb)
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    The Battle of Britain
    The official World War II US government account of Great Britain's stand against the Nazi war machine after the Dunkirk evacuation. (imdb)
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    The Battle of Russia
    Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War. (imdb)
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    The Battle of China
    The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression. (imdb)
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    War Comes to America
    Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War. (imdb)
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    Broadway Bill
    A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill. (imdb)
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    Here Comes the Groom
    Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancé, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted. (imdb)
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    Ladies of Leisure
    An upper-crust artist hires a 'party girl' as a model; romance follows. (imdb)
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    Our Mr. Sun
    Our Mr. Sun (1956) - TV Movie
    One entry in a series of films produced to make science accessible to the masses--especially children--this film describes the sun in scientific but entertaining terms. (imdb)
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    Dirigible
    A French explorer enlists the help of the US Navy in an expedition to the South Pole. There is competition between the airship division and fixed wing fliers, resolved in triumph and disasters. (imdb)
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    Long Pants
    Harry Shelby has been kept in knee pants for years by his overprotective parents, but the day finally comes when Harry is given his first pair of long pants. Almost immediately, he is expected to marry his childhood sweetheart Priscilla... but instead, Harry's first heady whiff of manhood has got him panting after Bebe, a "fast" woman from the big city. (imdb)
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    Two Down and One to Go
    Documentary short film produced by the U.S. Army, intended to enlighten the American public on the final thrust of the Allied war effort in Europe and on the plans for the return home of American forces. (archive.org)
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    Flight
    A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse. (TCM)
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    The Matinee Idol
    The famous matinee idol and blackface comedian, Don Wilson, heads out of town to escape adulation. There, calling himself Harry Mann, he accidentally joins a traveling acting troupe, and falls in love with Ginger Bolivar, who runs the troupe and stars in their Civil War melodrama. (imdb)
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    The Younger Generation
    Soap-opera about a social-climbing Jewish man and his old-world parents who are heartbroken by his rejection of them. (imdb)
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    Submarine
    Two sailors who are always competing against each other set their sights on the same girl. When she chooses one over the other, their friendship ends acrimoniously. However, things change when one the men is in a submarine trapped beneath the ocean and the other, a diver, is sent down on a rescue mission. (imdb)
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    Rain or Shine
    After her father's death, Mary Rainey takes over the Rainey Circus (which operates twice daily, rain or shine) but runs into financial troubles. In one bit reminiscent of the Marx Brothers, the circus performers are up to some ridiculous antics at a dinner party with the family of Bud Conway, Mary's beau. As times become worse and the performers go on strike, Mary must try to save the circus from rioting patrons. (imdb)
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    The Donovan Affair
    The lights go out at a high-society dinner party and one of the guests is murdered. The police are summoned and Inspector Killian shows up, with his assistant Carney. In order to get a clear picture of what took place, Killany decides to have the crime re-enacted (with a substitute for the murdered man.) The lights are turned out, and another man is murdered. This doesn't faze the Inspector one little bit, and he asks for a third re-enactment. The suspect list dwindles. (imdb)
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    The Ballad of Fisher\
    Fultah Fisher runs a boarding house catering to seamen passing through the port. A girl known as Anne of Austria has had many lovers amongst the sailors, but presently she's known to be the "property" of Salem Hardieker, a tough Bostonian. When Anne's eye drifts to a new potential lover, Hans the Dane, he spurns her, knowing she's Salem's girl. But hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.... (imdb)
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    That Certain Thing
    Molly Kelly wants to marry a millionaire. When she runs into Andy Charles, heir to a restaurant fortune, she jumps at the chance and marries him. Andy's father if furious and disinherits them. Andy tries his hand at ditch digging to support his wife, but that doesn't work out. (imdb)
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    Know Your Enemy - Japan
    An American wartime propaganda film about the history of Japan from the 16th century to the 1930's.
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    Tunisian Victory
    Documentary made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. (imdb)
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    Here Is Germany
    Frank Capra directed this film in the vein of his Why We Fight series. It was intended to be shown to American troops participating in the invasion and occupation of Germany. (imdb)
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    Your Job in Germany
    Your Job In Germany is a short film made for the United States War Department in 1945 just before Victory in Europe Day (VE). It was shown to US soldiers about to go on occupation duty in Germany. The film was made by the military film unit commanded by Frank Capra and was written by Theodor Geisel, better known by his pen name Dr. Seuss.
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    So This Is Love
    Jerry McGuire (William Collier Jr.) is a dress designer in love with shop-girl Hilda Jenson (Shirley Mason). But the problem is that prizefighter Spike Mullins (Johnny Walker) is also in love with Hilda. Jerry, undaunted by the obvious fact that , physically speaking, is no match for the bull-like Spike. Jerry Takes a few boxing lessons and, aided by Hilda, who deliberately overfeeds Spike before the big fight between the two rivals.
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    La visita dell\
    A documentary recording the visit of the Italian navy warship Libia to San Francisco.
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    The Fallbrook Story
    The Fallbrook Story (1952) is a short subject film that told the story of a water rights battle between the citizens of the Fallbrook, California area and the federal government.
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