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Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Joseph McBride

Abstract

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 right thing, triumphs! But as the author reveals in this biography, the reality was far more complex, a true American tragedy. Using newly declassified U.S. government documents about Capra’s response to being considered a possible “subversive” during the post-World War II Red Scare, the author adds a final chapter to his portrait of the man who gave us It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, ... More

Keywords: Frank Capra, American tragedy, U.S. government documents, subversive, Red Scare, Mr. Deeds, Meet John Doe, Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781604738384
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph McBride, author