Frank Capra: Articles

Constance Cummings: From Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill

Constance Cummings: Actress went from minor, long-eyelashed Hollywood leading lady in Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra movies to starring in West End plays by Eugene O'Neill, Noël Coward and William Shakespeare. Constance Cummings: Vastly underrated actress should be better remembered Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades […]

Rare African-American Film, Frank Capra 'Accidental Silent': San Francisco Silent Film Festival

African-American film 'Bert Williams: Lime Kiln Club Field Day' with Williams (in blackface) and Odessa Warren Grey: Early 20th century rarity.* Rare, early 20th-century African-American film among San Francisco Silent Film Festival highlights Directed by Edwin Middleton and T. Hayes Hunter, the Biograph Company's Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913) […]

Jean Arthur Films: Three Frank Capra Classics Starring Progressive-Minded Actress

Jean Arthur. Jean Arthur films on TCM includes three Frank Capra classics of the 1930s Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, Jan. 5, '15, on Turner Classic Movies. Among these are three titles directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a […]

'It's a Wonderful Life' Sequel: Copyright Angel Prevention?

'It's a Wonderful Life' sequel could get killed by Paramount What would the world be like if any one individual human being had never been born? In most cases, the world would quite possibly be an infinitely better place, but the overwhelming majority of (delusional) humans want to feel good […]

'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' Review: Frank Capra Classic

Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Frank Capra There is a tendency among some to think that all the art produced by a great artist is great. This is false, but it gives cover for bad critics who just recycle old blurbs about said artist. Think of the fawning that goes on […]

'It Happened One Night': Frank Capra Directs Recalcitrant Stars Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert

It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. It is a very rare thing when a light-hearted comedy, something that is quintessentially the stuff of a “good movie,” breaches into that territory where the term “good film” can also be applied, but Frank Capra's It Happened One Night […]

Christmas Movies: The Good, the Bad & the Weird – From Bette Davis to Serial Killers

Christmas movies on TCM: Black Christmas with Olivia Hussey. Considering the image above and the gory goings-on at its sorority house setting, perhaps “Red Christmas” would have been a more appropriate title for Bob Clark's 1974 slasher cult classic. Olivia Hussey never quite became a major film star, but she […]

'Metropolis' & Agatha Christie: BFI Southbank Screenings

Brigitte Helm in Fritz Lang's Metropolis (top); Jack Holt, Fay Wray in Frank Capra's Dirigible (middle); Walter Huston, Barry Fitzgerald, Roland Young, Louis Hayward, Judith Anderson in René Clair's And Then There Were None (bottom) London's BFI Southbank will be screening several Frank Capra efforts today and on Saturday, in […]

Frank Capra Movies, Clint Eastwood Book Signing

Frank Capra's American Madness, Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, Terrence Malick's Badlands, and Bertrand Tavernier's Coup de torchon are among the classics to be screened in late April 2010 at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. Starring Walter Huston (father of John Huston, grandfather […]

'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington': Feel-Good Political Corruption Classic

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Feel-good political corruption comedy-drama stars Jean Arthur and James Stewart. A newly restored print of Frank Capra's 1939 Best Picture nominee Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring Jean Arthur, James Stewart, and Claude Rains, will be screened tonight, July 20, as part of the Academy of […]

'Prelude to War' Oscar Returned to Army + Two Acclaimed Iraq War Documentaries

Prelude to War. 'Prelude to War' Oscar statuette – the 1958 duplicate – is returned to the U.S. Army An Oscar statuette earned by Frank Capra's 1942 documentary Prelude to War, the first film in the United States Army Special Services' seven-picture Why We Fight series, has been removed from […]

Jean Arthur: Nervous Wreck on Set Exuded Charm & Warmth on Screen

Jean Arthur was Columbia's top star of the 1930s and early 1940s. Jean Arthur starred in numerous classics, including Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and You Can't Take It with You. Jean Arthur died in 1991.