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Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Joseph McBride

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Moviegoers often assume Frank Capra’s life resembled his beloved films (such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life). A man of the people faces tremendous odds and, by doing the ... More


. A Reputation

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0020
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Capra’s life after retiring from films. Capra initially threw himself into the ranching business with the energy he once had devoted to his films. He planted thousands of new ... More


. American Madness

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on the film American Madness, which featured a banker for a hero at a time when the public image of the banker was near its lowest. It describes Capra’s embrace of a Rooseveltian ... More


. “That fellow Capra”

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter recounts Capra’ army experiences during World War II. Capra accepted his wartime anonymity, managing to subordinate his ego to a higher loyalty. He performed brilliantly in carrying out ... More


. “Cap”

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter recounts Capra’s college years at Throop College of Technology in Pasadena. The snobbery Capra had encountered at Manual Arts High School fueled his drive for acceptance in mainstream ... More


. “I’m from Hollywood”

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter recounts Capra’s life after being discharged from the army on December 13, 1918. Capra found his first verifiable full-time job in the movies in 1919, at the Christie Film Company, a ... More


. “The catastrophe of Success”

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Capra’s successful film career. Lady for a Day was the first film for which Capra received an Academy Award nomination for best director, and was also an artistic and ... More


. “The Judas pain”

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0019
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter recounts how Capra turned his back on his colleagues and joined the ranks of witch-hunters seeking to purge Hollywood of “subversive” influences. It describes Capra’s involvement in the ... More


. The Gag Man

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter recounts Capra’s stint as a Hollywood gag man between 1924 and 1927. Capra started with the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, and also worked for the Hollywood Photoplay Company on two ... More


. “Marrying the harlot”

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details Capra’s early film career. Capra went to work for Columbia Pictures on October 1927, who he claimed called him in for interview because his name appeared at the top of an ... More


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