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Frank CapraThe Catastrophe of Success$
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Joseph McBride

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738384

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.001.0001

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. The Gag Man

. The Gag Man

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(p.139) 6. The Gag Man
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Frank Capra
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McBride Joseph

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0006

This chapter recounts Capra’s stint as a Hollywood gag man between 1924 and 1927. Capra started with the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, and also worked for the Hollywood Photoplay Company on two college-humor shorts in its Puppy Love series starring Gordon White. He later moved to Mack Sennett Studios, which he describes a his graduate school, the “Custard College” from which he would emerge as an expert in the creation of visual humor.

Keywords:   Frank Capra, gag man, Hal Roach, Will Rogers, Hollywood Photoplay Company, Mack Sennett Studios

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