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Frank Capra

Knowledge Identifier: +Frank_Capra


Frank Capra

Sicilian-born American film directoradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1903.

Countries: United States (78%), United Kingdom (6%), (5%)

Main connections: Pocketful of Miracles, Robert Riskin, John Ford

Linked to: Paramount Pictures, United States Army, Warner Bros., California Institute of Technology




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Capra immigrated to the United States with his family in 1903, when he was six. add something


Capra's only prior exposure to films, however, was in 1915 while attending Manual Arts High School. add something


He studied chemical engineering and graduated in the spring of 1918. add something


His father died the following year, 1919. add something


Columbia Pictures - In its early years a minor player in Hollywood, Columbia began to grow in the late 1920s, spurred by a successful association with director Frank Capra


Arthur Ripley - In the 1920s he worked closely with Frank Capra churning out screenplays for many movies


They made three feature films together during 1926 and 1927, all of them becoming successful with the critics and the public. add something


It was an absolute shock to hear this man open his mouth and a song come out of it. add something


Cohn rehired Capra in 1928 to help his studio produce new, full-length feature films, in order to compete against the major studios. add something


Lina Basquette - Basquette was named one of thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1928 and the following year made "The Younger Generation" with Frank Capra


Jack Holt (actor) - Holt became Columbia Pictures' most reliable leading man, and scored personal successes in three Frank Capra action dramas, "Submarine" , "Flight" , and "Dirigible" , Holt's no-nonsense characterizations were eclipsed by those of younger, tough-talking actors like James Cagney and Chester Morris, but Holt continued to work in low-budget action features, almost always for Columbia, through 1940


Capra directed his first "real" sound picture, The Younger Generation, in 1929. add something


Few of the studio heads or crew were aware of Capra's engineering background until he began directing The Younger Generation in 1929. add something


Roy Riegels - The opening sequence of the 1929 Frank Capra movie Flight is based on Riegels and uses photographs of him


Constance Cummings - Between 1931 and 1934, Cummings appeared in more than twenty films, including the Harold Lloyd films "Movie Crazy" and "American Madness", directed by Frank Capra


Robert Williams (actor) - He appeared in five films before landing his first, and last, leading role in the 1931 Frank Capra film "Platinum Blonde", opposite Jean Harlow


Robert Riskin - His first collaboration with director Frank Capra came in 1931 with the Barbara Stanwyck vehicle "The Miracle Woman"


American Madness - "'American Madness"' is a 1932 American Pre-Code film directed by Frank Capra and starring Walter Huston as a New York banker embroiled in scandal


Forbidden (1932 film) - "'Forbidden"' is a 1932 American melodrama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, and Ralph Bellamy


Harry Cohn - Columbia was unable to shake off its stigma as a Poverty Row studio until 1934, when director Frank Capra's Columbia comedy "It Happened One Night" swept the Academy *awards


Bo Goldman - This was the first film to win the top five awards since Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" in 1934


Tahquitz Canyon - The Tahquitz Falls were used as a scene in Frank Capra's 1937 film, "Lost Horizon"


Lost Horizon (1937 film) - "'Lost Horizon"' is a 1937 American drama-fantasy film directed by Frank Capra


He briefly held the record for winning the most Best Director Oscars when he won for the third time in 1938, until this record was matched by John Ford in 1941, and later surpassed by Ford in 1952. add something


In 1938 he won his third Director Oscar in five years for You Can't Take It with You, which won Best Picture. add something


Dub Taylor - A vaudeville performer, Taylor made his film debut in 1938, playing cheerful ex-football captain Ed Carmichael in Frank Capra's "You Can't Take It with You"


James Stewart - Stewart began a successful partnership with director Frank Capra in 1938, when he was loaned out to Columbia Pictures to star in You Can't Take It With You. Frank Capra had been impressed by Stewart's minor role in Navy Blue and Gold.


Moss Hart - When director Frank Capra and writer Robert Riskin adapted it for the screen in 1938, the film won the Best Picture Oscar and Capra won for Best Director


Peter Lorre - Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, filmed by director Frank Capra in 1941, released in 1944, and starring Cary Grant and Raymond Massey.


Stanley Kramer - He was drafted into the Army in 1943, during World War II, where he helped make training films with the Signal Corps in New York, along with other Hollywood filmmakers including Frank Capra and Anatole Litvak


Boris Karloff - Although Frank Capra cast Raymond Massey in the 1944 film, which was shot in 1941, while Karloff was still appearing in the role on Broadway, Karloff reprised the role on television with Tony Randall and Tom Bosley in a 1962 production on the Hallmark Hall of Fame.


Hugh Stewart (film editor) - In 1944 he co-directed "Tunisian Victory" with Frank Capra and John Houston, although much of that film was shot in the United States


Joris Ivens - In 1944, Ivens made "Know Your Enemy: Japan " for Frank Capra's U.S. War Department film series "Why We Fight"


Arsenic and Old Lace (film) - "'Arsenic and Old Lace"' is a 1944 American dark comedy film directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesselring's play "Arsenic and Old Lace"


As a colonel, he received the Distinguished Service Medal in 1945. add something


United States Army Air Forces - War Comes to America - The term appeared prominently in Frank Capra's 1945 War Department indoctrination film "War Comes to America", of the "Why We Fight" series, as an animated map graphic of equal prominence to that of the Army and Navy


Frank Faylen - He played Ernie Bishop, the friendly taxi driver in Frank Capra's 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life"


Adriana Caselotti - In 1946, she had an uncredited role, singing in Martini's bar as James Stewart was praying, in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life"


Donna Reed - In 1946, she was lent to RKO Pictures for the role of Mary Bailey in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life.


Howard Lindsay - Together with Russel Crouse, Lindsay won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the 1946 play "State of the Union", which was adapted into a film directed by Frank Capra two years later


Sinbad the Sailor (1947 film) - The wide-release date was consequently moved to January 13, 1947, and RKO instead chose Frank Capra's black-and-white "It's a Wonderful Life" as their big 1946 Christmas movie


Spencer Tracy - A fifth film with Hepburn came in 1948, Frank Capra's political drama State of the Union.


Capra remained employable in Hollywood during and after the HUAC hearings, but chose nonetheless to demonstrate his loyalty by attempting to re-enlist in the Army at the outbreak of the Korean War, which began in 1950. add something


During his career as a director, he retained an early ambition to teach science, and after his career declined in the 1950s he made some educational TV films related to science subjects. add something


Oliver Hardy - Frank Capra later invited Hardy to play a cameo role in "Riding High" with Bing Crosby in 1950


Robert Riskin - Ironically, Frank Capra was assigned to Riskin's last original story, "Here Comes the Groom", which he directed in 1951


By 1952, at the age of 55, Capra effectively retired from Hollywood filmmaking and spent his later years working with Cal Tech, his alma mater, to produce educational films on science topics. add something


Marvin Miller (actor) - Miller voiced "Hemo" in the AT&T educational film "Hemo the Magnificent", part of a series featuring Dr. Frank C. Baxter and directed by Frank Capra, which was shown on American network television in 1957


William Wyler matched this record upon winning his third Oscar in 1959. add something


Carolyn Jones - In 1959, she played opposite Frank Sinatra in Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head", Dean Martin in "Career", and Anthony Quinn in "Last Train from Gun Hill"


In the mid-1960s he worked on pre-production for an adaptation of Martin Caidin's novel Marooned but budgetary constraints made him eventually shelve it. add something


Capra's final theatrical film was with Glenn Ford and Bette Davis, named Pocketful of Miracles, a remake of his 1933 film Lady for a Day. In the mid-1960s he worked on pre-production for an adaptation of Martin Caidin's novel Marooned but budgetary constraints made him eventually shelve it. add something


Shirley Booth - Director Frank Capra unsuccessfully attempted to bring Booth back to the screen with Pocketful of Miracles in 1961, but after viewing Capra's original version, Lady for a Day, Booth informed him there was no way she could match May Robson's moving, Oscar-nominated performance in the original film.


Barton MacLane - He made his last film appearance in Frank Capra's Academy *award-nominated 1961 comedy "Pocketful of Miracles"


Peter Falk - In 1961, multiple Academy *award-winning director Frank Capra cast Falk in the comedy "Pocketful of Miracles"


Joseph McBride (writer) - McBride has published 17 books since 1968, including acclaimed biographies of Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, Orson_Welles, and John Ford


Forgotten among the hue-and criers were the hard-working stiffs that came home too tired to shout or demonstrate in streets . add something


The winds of change blew through the dream factories of make-believe, tore at its crinoline tatters. add something


Jean Arthur - Arthur turned down the role of the lady missionary in "Lost Horizon" , the unsuccessful musical remake of the 1937 Frank Capra film of the same name


Larry Kramer - He next penned what Kramer calls "the only thing in my life I'm ashamed of," the 1973 musical remake of Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon", a notorious critical and commercial failure whose screenplay was based very closely on Capra's film


In 1982, the American Film Institute honored Frank Capra by giving him their AFI Life Achievement Award. add something


Hal Roach - In 1983, Hal Roach Studios was one of the first studios to venture into the controversial business of film colorization, creating digitally colored versions of several Laurel and Hardy features, the Frank Capra film "It's a Wonderful Life", "Night of the Living Dead", and other popular films


In 1986, Capra received the National Medal of Arts. add something


Lost Horizon (1937 film) - According to a 1986 "Variety" interview with Frank Capra, Jr., his father had wanted to shoot the film in color, but because the only suitable stock footage he intended to incorporate into the film, such as scenes from a documentary about the Himalayas, was in black and white, he was forced to change his plans


Frank Capra died in 1991 add something


Frank Capra died in La Quinta, California, of a heart attack in his sleep in 1991 at the age of 94. add something


He had created feelgood entertainments before the phrase was invented, and his influence on cultureĀ—from Steven Spielberg to David Lynch, and from television soap operas to greeting-card sentimentsĀ—is simply too huge to calculate. add something


Larry Auerbach - Auerbach received the DGA's Robert B. Aldrich Award in 1991, and was named a DGA Honorary Life Member in 2004, joining a small, elite group that includes Charles Chaplin, David Lean, Frank Capra, Walt_Disney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Lew Wasserman, Elia Kazan, Chuck Jones, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Jack Valenti


Republic Pictures - In 1993 Republic won a landmark legal decision reactivating the copyright on Frank Capra's 1946 RKO film "It's a Wonderful Life"


During the golden age of Hollywood, Capra's "fantasies of goodwill" made him one of the two or three most famous and successful directors in the world. add something


Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2004 add something


Albany, Georgia: BearManor Media, 2005 add something


Aaron Sorkin - In August 2008, Sorkin was involved in a Generation Obama event at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, California, participating in a panel discussion subsequent to a screening of Frank Capra's "Mr Smith Goes to Washington"


" Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2009 add something


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New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013, add something