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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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. “We’re the Front Office”

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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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