Frank CapraThe Catastrophe of Success

Frank CapraThe Catastrophe of Success

Joseph McBride

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9781604738384

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi


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, and Meet John Doe.