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Frank Capra (1897–1991)

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage... See full bio »

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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It's a Wonderful Life
It Happened One Night
Arsenic and Old Lace


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 1950 Riding High
 1941 Meet John Doe
 1937 Lost Horizon
 1934 Broadway Bill
 1933 The Bitter Tea of General Yen (as Frank R. Capra)
 1932 American Madness (as Frank R. Capra)
 1932 Forbidden (as Frank R. Capra)
 1931 Platinum Blonde (as Frank R. Capra)
 1931 The Miracle Woman (as Frank R. Capra)
 1931 Dirigible (as Frank R. Capra)
 1930 Rain or Shine (as Frank R. Capra)
 1930 Ladies of Leisure (as Frank R. Capra)
 1929 Flight (as Frank R. Capra)
 1929 The Donovan Affair (as Frank R. Capra)
 1929 The Younger Generation (as Frank R. Capra)
 1928 Submarine (as Frank R. Capra)
 1928 The Matinee Idol (as Frank R. Capra)
 1927 Long Pants
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Other Works:

teaching mathematics to artillery officers at Fort Mason in San Francisco See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 12 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Col. Frank Capra | Frank R. Capra | Mr. Frank Capra | Col. Frank Capra USAR


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[on his early dream to be an astronomer] I could study the stars and the planets forever. I always wanted to know why, why . . . Pictures changed my mind. I was too far along in the movie business. But when I go back to Caltech now and hear about things I'm not familiar with, like black holes, goddamn! I get mad. How the hell I ever refused that I don't know . . . But it seems like motion ... See more »


Hosted the Academy Awards in 1936 and 1939. See more »


His films normally center around a simple man who tries to fight corruption in a society. See more »

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