A gag writer for producer-director Mack Sennett in the 1920s, Capra later joined Columbia Pictures, where he made his name helming uplifting films and screwball comedies that struck a chord with Depression-era audiences. During his run at Columbia, he directed the classics It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and You Can't Take It with You (1938), copping Best Director Oscars for all three.
Among Capra's postwar works are the enduring 1946 masterpiece It's a Wonderful Life and his final cinematic effort, A Pocketful of Miracles (1961). Capra died of a heart attack Sept. 3, 1991, leaving behind a great legacy.
Runaway socialite Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) is en route to the Big Apple to elope and along the way she meets a crusty newspaperman (Clark Gable). But a string of zany misadventures leads them to realize they're madly if reluctantly in love.
- Arsenic and Old Lace
- Lost Horizon
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- You Can't Take It with You
- It's a Wonderful Life
- Meet John Doe
- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
- Pocketful of Miracles
- State of the Union
- Riding High
- Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
- Platinum Blonde
- Our Father's Enemy
- Our Mr. Sun / Cosmic Rays
- The Dick Cavett Show: Hollywood Greats
- Frank Capra's WWII: Why We Fight
- Heroes of World War II
- The Big Picture: Military Series