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Frank Capra
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Date of Birth: May 18, 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 Titles at Criticker: 63 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Director (44) | Writer (21) | Actor (3)
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A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians... (imdb)
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The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (1982)
Recording of live show of AFI presenting Frank Capra with a Lifetime Achievement Award
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The Men Who Made the Movies: Frank Capra (1973)
Documentary including interviews with Frank Capra about his work and importance in the begginins of movie history.
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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
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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A Hole in the Head (1959)
An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son. (imdb)
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Our Mr. Sun (1956)
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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Westward the Women (1952)
In a time when "The West" pretty much ends in Texas and only California is slowly being populated by the white men, there's a severe lack of women among the workers on Roy Whitman's farm in the California Valley. So he goes back east to Chicago to recruit wives for his employees. From the candidates he selects 150, who seem able to survive a months long journey across "The Great American Desert" and the Rocky Mountains. (imdb)
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Here Comes the Groom (1951)
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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Riding High (1950)
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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State of the Union (1948)
An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels. (IMDb)
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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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Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945)
An American wartime propaganda film about the history of Japan from the 16th century to the 1930's.
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War Comes to America (1945)
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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Two Down and One to Go (1945)
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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Tunisian Victory (1944)
Documentary made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. (imdb)
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The Battle of China (1944)
The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression. (imdb)
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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
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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Divide and Conquer (1943)
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 (1943)
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 Nazis Strike (1943)
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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The Battle of Russia (1943)
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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Prelude to War (1943)
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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Meet John Doe (1941)
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. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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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You Can
A good-natured but decidedly eccentric family meets a new friend. (imdb)
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Lost Horizon (1937)
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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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (imdb)
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It Happened One Night (1934)
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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Broadway Bill (1934)
A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill. (imdb)
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Lady for a Day (1933)
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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The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
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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American Madness (1932)
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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Forbidden (1932)
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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Dirigible (1931)
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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The Miracle Woman (1931)
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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Platinum Blonde (1931)
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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Rain or Shine (1930)
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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Ladies of Leisure (1930)
An upper-crust artist hires a 'party girl' as a model; romance follows. (imdb)
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Flight (1929)
A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse. (TCM)
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The Donovan Affair (1929)
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 Younger Generation (1929)
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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The Power of the Press (1928)
An aspiring newspaper reporter investigates as a young woman suspected of murder.
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The Matinee Idol (1928)
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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Submarine (1928)
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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That Certain Thing (1928)
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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Fiddlesticks (1927)
Fiddlesticks (1927) - Short Film
Harry will do anything to be a musician, but it takes a junk collector to discover his hidden talents. (imdb)
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His First Flame (1927)
Fire chief Amos McCarthy, a confirmed misogynist, counsels his nephew Harry Howells to avoid matrimony at all costs. Still, the lovestruck Harry is determined to marry his sweetheart Ethel. All that changes, though, when it turns out Ethel is a faithless gold-digger. Disillusioned, Harry spends the night in his uncle's fire house to try and forget his troubles... until the clamor of a fire alarm presents the bumbling Harry with a chance to be a hero. (imdb)
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Long Pants (1927)
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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Saturday Afternoon (1926)
Harry and his friend have planned to go out for an afternoon of fun. But first, Harry must figure out how to slip away from his domineering wife with some money to spend... (imdb)
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Soldier Man (1926)
Soldier Man (1926) - Short Film
After the armistice, one U.S. soldier remains unaccounted for: he's wandering the fields of Bomania, hungry, thinking the war is still on. (He was in a German prison camp, escaping while his captors celebrated the Great War's end.) Turns out, he's the spitting image of Bomania's King Strudel. The prime minister wants Strudel to sign a peace treaty ending civil war with a cousin. Bomania's General Von Snootzer wants the war to continue, so he contrives to derail the treaty. (imdb)
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Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926)
Low-life Harry falls in love with sweet Betty who inspires him to improve himself so he can marry her. He enters a $25,000 cross-country hiking contest. After many adventures he wins, pays off his father Amos's mortgage and marries Betty. (imdb)
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The Strong Man (1926)
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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Plain Clothes (1925)
Detective Harry is on the trail of a stolen diamond necklace worth $100,000. (imdb)
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Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925)
An eccentric inventor has thought of a way that automobiles can run on radio waves, without gasoline. His plans put him in conflict with the owner of an oil company, who is also pursuing the inventor's daughter. This rival begins to scheme against the inventor, and it is left up to the inventor's hired man to try to stop him. (imdb)
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The Wild Goose Chaser (1925)
A Mack Sennett slapstick comedy featuring the cross-eyed man Ben Turpin. (imdb)
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Good Morning, Nurse (1925)
Roland Royce (Ralph Graves) takes his family and a beautiful nurse (Olive Borden) on a camping trip but everything goes wrong. (imdb)
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Breaking the Ice (1925)
Ralph Graves is a football hero that delvers ice for a living in this Mack Sennett slapstick comedy. (imdb)
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Lucky Stars (1925)
Lucky Stars (1925) - Short Film
Harry leaves home to become a doctor, but winds up with "Doc" Healy's Medicine Show. (imdb)
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All Night Long (1924)
Harry runs into his old Marine sergeant and is reminded of the rivalry they had for a girl while they were stationed in France. (imdb)
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High Society (1924)
High Society (1924) - Short Film
This Hal Roach comedy short, High Society, is the thirtieth in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series. In this one, Mickey Daniels is Mickey Kelly, a poor boy who lives with his Uncle Pat. While they're broke, they're also very happy playing music and eating corned beef. Since Pat hasn't legally adopted Mickey however, Aunt Kate does so and takes him to her mansion where he clashes with her son Percy (Jackie Condon). (imdb)
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Jubilo, Jr. (1924)
Jubilo, Jr. (1924) - Short Film
A young boy, determined to make money enough to buy his mother a birthday present, finds a variety of odd jobs and finally starts up a makeshift circus. (imdb)
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Every Man for Himself (1924)
This Our Gang short has the group running an athletic club where Joe is put through a couple fights. They also appear to be running a wireless shoe-shining gig where they get customers by splashing paint on their shoes. (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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