Tag Archives: Frank Capra

You Can’t Take It With You: Enjoy It Now

YOU’LL LOVE THEM ALL FOR GIVING YOU THE SWELLEST TIME YOU’VE EVER HAD! With It Happened One Night (1934), Frank Capra had already won an Oscar for Best Director. The same honor was bestowed on him after he adapted the popular Broadway play ”You Can’t Take It With You”. The film was a hit and … Continue reading You Can’t Take It With You: Enjoy It Now

My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Arsenic and Old Lace: Basement of Buried Bodies

SHE PASSED OUT ON CARY! NO WONDER… SHE’S JUST DISCOVERED HIS FAVORITE AUNTS HAVE POISONED THEIR 13TH GENTLEMAN FRIEND! Cary Grant wasn’t too comfortable making this movie. It’s been said that director Frank Capra pushed him to act as broadly as possible, which bothered him; another source has it that Capra meant to do reshoots … Continue reading Arsenic and Old Lace: Basement of Buried Bodies

It Happened One Night: Love in the Era of the Depression

TWO GREAT LOVERS OF THE SCREEN IN THE GRANDEST OF ROMANTIC COMEDIES! The first film to sweep the five major categories at the Academy Awards certainly did not start out well. Director Frank Capra, who had not yet had a major hit, was trying to hire stars but none of them had faith in Robert … Continue reading It Happened One Night: Love in the Era of the Depression

State of the Union: Run for the Money

HOW’S THE STATE OF THE UNION? IT’S GREAT! Today we regard Frank Capra’s two last great films, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and State of the Union (1948), as obvious classics, but in the late 1940s neither critics nor audiences were quite as appreciative. Capra had done a tremendous PR effort while serving in World … Continue reading State of the Union: Run for the Money

It’s a Wonderful Life: Wing and a Prayer

IT’S A WONDERFUL LAUGH! IT’S A WONDERFUL LOVE! This Christmas I decided to catch Frank Capra’s last masterpiece again. Having seen it several times before, I knew what to expect. It’s a great story and I was instantly drawn into it once again. Still, I thought I was much too jaded, that I would resist … Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life: Wing and a Prayer

Lost Horizon: Journey to Eden

MIGHTIEST OF ALL MOTION PICTURES! A short while after the premiere of Lost Horizon in 1937, Columbia Pictures realized that spending over two and a half million dollars on a movie that was originally budgeted for $1.25 million would mean the possible demise of the studio. The movie also destroyed the partnership between director Frank … Continue reading Lost Horizon: Journey to Eden