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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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. “That fellow Capra”

. “That fellow Capra”

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Frank Capra

McBride Joseph

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter recounts Capra’ army experiences during World War II. Capra accepted his wartime anonymity, managing to subordinate his ego to a higher loyalty. He performed brilliantly in carrying out official policy, surrendering his increasingly troublesome creative independence and transforming himself into a cog in the American propaganda machine. While in service, Capra’s Why We Fight series of troop indoctrination films won him great praise and honor, yet his own name never appeared on the screen.

Keywords:   Frank Capra, biography, film directors, World War II, army service, propaganda

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