In 1961, he directed a pilot for a proposed TV anthology series called, "Frank Capra Comedy Theater". The series never came to fruition.
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[on It's a Wonderful Life] It's the damnedest thing I've ever seen! The film has a life of its own now, and I can look at it like I had nothing to do with it. I'm like a parent whose kid grows up to be president. I'm proud...but it's the kid who did the work. I didn't even think of it as a Christmas story when I first ran across it. I just liked the idea.
MGM production chief Irving Thalberg wanted to borrow Capra from Columbia and offered Harry Cohn $50,000, the use of an MGM star of his choice for a film, and Capra's choice of properties. The director selected "Soviet," the story of an American engineer building a dam in Russia. It was to star Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Marie Dressler, and Wallace Beery. Thalberg's illness caused Mayer to ...
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