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1897 - 1991
The director Frank Capra was a very successful artist who created some of the most beautiful movies for the world of film. He was nominated for the Oscar for eleven time in all and he got it five times.
He began as a gag-writer for Hal Roach and
Mack Sennett, he wrote among others scripts for the star comedian Harry
Langdon - later he also directed movies with Langdon.
When Frank Capra changed to Columbia he helped the then small studio to get a big upswing. In the following years Capra realised several successes and many of them became classics. He made a name with his movies "The Younger Generation" (29), "The Miracle Woman" (31), "The Bitter Tea of General Yen" (32), "American Madness" (32) and "Lady for a Day" (33), for which he got his first Oscar as a producer.
It followed the world-wide success "It Happened One Night" (34) with a inspired duo Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert - and Capra got his first Oscar as best director and reached the guild of the real director stars.
The 30's represented the most successful decade in Capra's career. He shot among others "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (36) - Oscar for best director and nomination for best picture, "Lost Horizon" (37) - nomination for best director, "You Can't Take It with You" (38) - Oscar for best director and also for best picture as well as "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (39) - nomination for best director and also for best picture.
Frank Capra left Columbia and went to Warners where he shot the successful
movie "Meet John Doe" (41), after that his creative power was visibly influenced
by the war events. He began to shoot documentaries, partially as propaganda
movies, in order to strenghten the war will of the USA - "The Nazis Strike"
(43), "The Battle of Britain" (43), "War Comes to America" (45).
After the war he founded together with George Stevens and William Wyler the Liberty Pictures. Frank Capra realised only two movies for the company with the title "It's a Wonderful Life" (46) - nomination for best director and also for best picture and "State of the Union" (48). Both movies didn't have the success they hoped for and the company was liquidated.
Today the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" (46) has become a fixed part of the American Free TV. Punctual on Christmas season they show the movie in many programs and touches countless TV viewers each year.
Capra shot in the 50's the movies "Riding High" (50) and "Here Comes the Groom" (51) with Bing Crosby, thereafter he retired from Hollywood und worked for the TV program of "Bell Telephone".
Finally he came back to the big screen and completed his career with
the movies "A Hole in the Head" (59) and "Pocketful of Miracles" (61).
Other movies of Frank Capra as Director: