Frank Capra on set in 1934

Frank Capra on set in 1934

Frank Capra is renowned as one of the best directors of his generation. Nominated for 6 Best Director Ocscars, he took home 3 for It Happened One Night, You Can’t Take it With You, and Mr Deeds Goes to Town.

Although not winning the Oscar for this film, It’s a Wonderful Life is perhaps his most recognized title.

Capra had a string of flops before directing Lady for a Day which earned him him first Best Director nomination. Capra then hit it big with the release of It Happened One Night. Even today this film is highly regarded as one of the best comedies in film history.

Many stars in the 1930s, such as Gary Cooper and  Jean Arthur, owed their success in part to Capra and his films.

One of my favorite Capra films is definately Arsenic and Old Lace. Even though I have seen this film several times, the same parts make me laugh over and over.

Arsenic is one of Capra’s best screwball comedies and starred Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, and Peter Lorre. The film was made after Capra’s ten-year break from directing comedies.

Many of Capra’s films are well know and are easy to find. I would encourage you to find your favorite, whether it be the sentimental Wonderful Life or the hiliarious You Can’t Take it With You.

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