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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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. American Madness

. American Madness

(p.247) 9. American Madness
Frank Capra

McBride Joseph

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the film American Madness, which featured a banker for a hero at a time when the public image of the banker was near its lowest. It describes Capra’s embrace of a Rooseveltian economic viewpoint in American Madness, which was in part opportunism—he could recognize a good script when he saw it, and the mood of the country was swinging unmistakably in that direction—but also marked the beginning of a genuine, if short-lived, liberal-leftist influence on his thinking.

Keywords:   Frank Capra, films, American Madness, bank run, banker

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