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. “We’re the Front Office”

. “We’re the Front Office”

(p.425) 15. “We’re the Front Office”
Frank Capra
McBride Joseph
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter, which focuses on Capra’s career after severing ties with Columbia in October 1939, describes the making of the films Meet John Doe and Arsenic and Old Lace. On December 12, 1941, five days after Pearl Harbor, Capra agreed to join the Signal Corps with a major’s commission. According to Capra, joining the army not only enabled him to avoid signing “enslaving” Hollywood deals, it also “gave one a superior aura of patriotism and self-sacrifice.”

Keywords:   Frank Capra, Columbia Pictures, Meet John Doe, Old Lace, army

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