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Attack! Battle of New Britain -- Documentary film depicting the attack by Allied forces on the Japanese strong-holds of Arawe Beach and Cape Gloucester, New Britain, in the South Pacific theatre of the Second World War in 1943.
It Happened One Night -- A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story. But then he falls for her...
Meet John Doe -- A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.
His First Flame -- Fire chief Amos McCarthy, a confirmed misogynist, counsels his nephew Harry Howells to avoid matrimony at all costs...
War Comes to America -- Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War.

Overview

Date of Death:
3 September 1991, La Quinta, California, USA See more »
Mini Biography:
One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino... See more »
Trivia:
Awarded American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1982. See more »
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Down 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations See more »
Alternate Names:
Col. Frank Capra | Frank R. Capra | Mr. Frank Capra | Col. Frank Capra USAR

Filmography

Director:
  1. Rendezvous in Space (1964)
  2. Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

  3. A Hole in the Head (1959)
  4. The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (TV)
  5. Hemo the Magnificent (1957) (TV)
  6. Our Mr. Sun (1956) (TV)
  7. Here Comes the Groom (1951)
  8. Riding High (1950)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's Riding High" - USA (complete title)

  9. State of the Union (1948)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's State of the Union" - USA (complete title)
  10. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life" - International (English title) (complete title), UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
  11. Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945) (uncredited)
  12. War Comes to America (1945) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 7" - USA (series title)
  13. Two Down and One to Go (1945)
  14. Here Is Germany (1945) (uncredited)
  15. Your Job in Germany (1945)
  16. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's 'Arsenic and Old Lace'" - USA (complete title)
  17. Tunisian Victory (1944)
    ... aka "An Official Record" - USA (subtitle)
  18. The Battle of China (1944) (uncredited)
    ... aka "The Battle of China: Assault on the Great Wall" - USA (video box title)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 6" - USA (series title)
  19. The Battle of Russia (1943) (uncredited)
    ... aka "The Battle of Russia: The Nazi March Frozen" - USA (video box title)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 5" - USA (series title)
  20. Divide and Conquer (1943) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 3" - USA (series title)
    ... aka "Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer" - USA (series title)
  21. The Battle of Britain (1943) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 4" - USA (series title)
  22. The Nazis Strike (1943) (uncredited)
    ... aka "The Nazi Strike: Blitzkrieg!" - USA (video title)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 2" - USA (series title)
  23. Prelude to War (1942) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 1" - USA (series title)
  24. Meet John Doe (1941)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's 'Meet John Doe'" - USA (complete title)

  25. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" - USA (complete title)
  26. You Can't Take It with You (1938)
  27. Lost Horizon (1937)
    ... aka "Lost Horizon of Shangri-La" - USA (reissue title)
  28. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
  29. Broadway Bill (1934)
  30. It Happened One Night (1934)
  31. Lady for a Day (1933)
  32. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) (as Frank R. Capra)
  33. American Madness (1932) (as Frank R. Capra)
  34. Forbidden (1932) (as Frank R. Capra)
  35. Platinum Blonde (1931) (as Frank R. Capra)
  36. The Miracle Woman (1931) (as Frank R. Capra)
  37. Dirigible (1931) (as Frank R. Capra)
  38. Rain or Shine (1930) (as Frank R. Capra)
  39. Ladies of Leisure (1930) (as Frank R. Capra)

  40. Flight (1929) (as Frank R. Capra)
  41. The Donovan Affair (1929) (as Frank R. Capra)
  42. The Younger Generation (1929) (as Frank R. Capra)
  43. The Burglar (1928)
  44. The Power of the Press (1928)
  45. Submarine (1928) (as Frank R. Capra)
  46. Say It with Sables (1928)
  47. The Way of the Strong (1928)
  48. The Matinee Idol (1928) (as Frank R. Capra)
  49. So This Is Love? (1928)
  50. That Certain Thing (1928)
  51. For the Love of Mike (1927)
  52. Long Pants (1927)
  53. The Strong Man (1926)
  54. The Village Blacksmith (1922/II)
  55. The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House (1922)
    ... aka "Fulta Fisher's Boarding House" - USA (alternative title)
    ... aka "The Ballad of Fulta Fisher's Boarding House" - USA (alternative title)
  56. The Barefoot Boy (1922)
  57. The Looking Glass (1922) (as Frank R. Capra)
  58. La visita dell'incrociatore italiano Libia a San Francisco, Calif., 6-29 novembre 1921 (1921)
    ... aka "The Italian Warship Libia" - USA (alternative title)
Writer:
  1. Clarence (1990) (TV) (characters) (uncredited)

  2. It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV) (screenplay "It's a Wonderful Life")

  3. Rendezvous in Space (1964) (uncredited)

  4. The Unchained Goddess (1958) (TV) (written by)
  5. The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (TV) (written by)
  6. Hemo the Magnificent (1957) (TV) (written by)
  7. Our Mr. Sun (1956) (TV) (written by)
  8. Westward the Women (1951) (story)

  9. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (screenplay)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life" - International (English title) (complete title), UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
  10. Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945) (uncredited)
  11. Here Is Germany (1945) (uncredited)

  12. Forbidden (1932) (story)

  13. Flight (1929) (as Frank R. Capra) (dialogue)
  14. Uncle Tom (1929) (story)
  15. The Burglar (1928) (writer)
  16. Say It with Sables (1928) (story)
  17. The Swim Princess (1928) (writer)
  18. That Certain Thing (1928) (writer)
  19. Fiddlesticks (1927/I) (story)
  20. His First Flame (1927) (story)
  21. Soldier Man (1926)
  22. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926) (story) (uncredited)
  23. Saturday Afternoon (1926) (story and scenario)
  24. Love and Kisses (1925)
  25. Cold Turkey (1925)
  26. Lucky Stars (1925)
  27. The Iron Nag (1925)
  28. Cupid's Boots (1925)
  29. Sneezing Beezers (1925)
  30. Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925)
  31. Good Morning, Nurse (1925) (scenario) (story)
  32. The Marriage Circus (1925)
  33. Breaking the Ice (1925) (scenario)
  34. Plain Clothes (1925)
  35. Boobs in the Wood (1925) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Boobs in the Woods" - USA (alternative title)
  36. The Wild Goose Chaser (1925)
  37. All Night Long (1924) (story)
  38. The Reel Virginian (1924) (uncredited)
  39. Every Man for Himself (1924) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Shoeshine Shop" - USA (TV title)
  40. Riders of the Purple Cows (1924) (uncredited)
  41. Little Robinson Corkscrew (1924) (uncredited)
  42. High Society (1924) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Mickey's New Home" - USA (TV title)
  43. Jubilo, Jr. (1924) (scenario)
  44. Three Days to Live (1924) (titles)
  45. The Village Blacksmith (1922/II)
  46. The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House (1922) (scenario)
    ... aka "Fulta Fisher's Boarding House" - USA (alternative title)
    ... aka "The Ballad of Fulta Fisher's Boarding House" - USA (alternative title)
  47. The Barefoot Boy (1922) (scenario)
  48. The Looking Glass (1922) (scenario)
  49. La visita dell'incrociatore italiano Libia a San Francisco, Calif., 6-29 novembre 1921 (1921) (intertitles)
    ... aka "The Italian Warship Libia" - USA (alternative title)
Producer:
  1. Rendezvous in Space (1964) (producer)
  2. Pocketful of Miracles (1961) (producer)

  3. A Hole in the Head (1959) (producer)
  4. The Unchained Goddess (1958) (TV) (producer)
  5. The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (TV) (producer)
  6. Hemo the Magnificent (1957) (TV) (producer)
  7. Our Mr. Sun (1956) (TV) (producer)
  8. Here Comes the Groom (1951) (producer)
  9. Riding High (1950) (producer)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's Riding High" - USA (complete title)

  10. State of the Union (1948) (producer)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's State of the Union" - USA (complete title)
  11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (producer)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life" - International (English title) (complete title), UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
  12. Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945) (producer) (uncredited)
  13. War Comes to America (1945) (producer)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 7" - USA (series title)
  14. Two Down and One to Go (1945) (producer)
  15. San Pietro (1945) (co-supervising producer) (uncredited)
  16. Here Is Germany (1945) (producer)
  17. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) (associate producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's 'Arsenic and Old Lace'" - USA (complete title)
  18. Attack! Battle of New Britain (1944) (producer)
    ... aka "Attack!" - USA (review title)
    ... aka "Attack: The Battle for New Britain" - USA (video box title)
  19. The Negro Soldier (1944) (producer) (as Col. Frank Capra)
  20. G.I. Journal (1944) (producer)
  21. Know Your Ally: Britain (1944) (supervising producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Know Your Allies and Know Your Enemies 1" - USA (series title)
  22. The Battle of Russia (1943) (producer)
    ... aka "The Battle of Russia: The Nazi March Frozen" - USA (video box title)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 5" - USA (series title)
  23. Divide and Conquer (1943) (producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 3" - USA (series title)
    ... aka "Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer" - USA (series title)
  24. Strictly G.I. (1943) (producer)
    ... aka "Army-Navy Screen Magazine #20" - USA (alternative title)
  25. The Battle of Britain (1943) (producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 4" - USA (series title)
  26. The Nazis Strike (1943) (producer)
    ... aka "The Nazi Strike: Blitzkrieg!" - USA (video title)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 2" - USA (series title)
  27. Prelude to War (1942) (producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Why We Fight, 1" - USA (series title)
  28. Meet John Doe (1941) (producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's 'Meet John Doe'" - USA (complete title)

  29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" - USA (complete title)
  30. You Can't Take It with You (1938) (producer) (uncredited)
  31. Lost Horizon (1937) (producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka "Lost Horizon of Shangri-La" - USA (reissue title)
  32. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) (producer) (uncredited)
  33. Broadway Bill (1934) (producer) (uncredited)
  34. It Happened One Night (1934) (producer) (uncredited)
  35. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) (producer) (uncredited)
  36. American Madness (1932) (producer) (uncredited)
  37. Forbidden (1932) (producer) (uncredited)
  38. Platinum Blonde (1931) (producer) (uncredited)
  39. The Miracle Woman (1931) (producer) (uncredited)
  40. Dirigible (1931) (producer) (uncredited)
  41. Rain or Shine (1930) (producer) (uncredited)
  42. Ladies of Leisure (1930) (producer) (uncredited)

  43. Flight (1929) (producer) (uncredited)
  44. The Matinee Idol (1928) (producer) (uncredited)
  45. That Certain Thing (1928) (producer)
Miscellaneous Crew:
  1. Rendezvous in Space (1964) (presenter)
  2. Taiwan: Island of Freedom (1963) (supervised by) (as Col. Frank Capra USAR)

  3. Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940) (supervisor)
    ... aka "The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928 to 1939" - USA (poster title)
Soundtrack:
  1. Pocketful of Miracles (1961) (lyrics: "The Riddle Song (I Gave My Love a Cherry)" (uncredited))
Animation Department:
  1. Coming!! Snafu (1943) (character creator) (uncredited)
Thanks:
  1. Think of a Wonderful Thought (????) (announced) (special thanks)

  2. Minus Lara (2011) (TV) (thanks)

  3. Lost Horizon (1937) (special thanks) (1985 restoration) (as Mr. Frank Capra)
    ... aka "Lost Horizon of Shangri-La" - USA (reissue title)
Self:
  1. Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life': A Personal Remembrance (1991) (V) .... Himself

  2. George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) .... Himself
  3. The 56th Annual Academy Awards (1984) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter: Best Picture
  4. "The Moviemakers" .... Himself - Interviewee (1 episode)
        - The Films of Frank Capra (????) TV episode .... Himself - Interviewee
  5. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston (1983) (TV) .... Himself
    ... aka "The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston" - USA (original title)
  6. "Cinéma cinémas" .... Himself (1 episode, 1983)
        - Frank Capra - Mai 1982 (1983) TV episode .... Himself
  7. "Late Night with David Letterman" .... Himself (2 episodes, 1982)
        - Episode dated 22 November 1982 (1982) TV episode .... Himself
        - Episode dated 5 August 1982 (1982) TV episode .... Himself
  8. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra (1982) (TV) .... Himself - Honoree
    ... aka "The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra" - USA (original title)
  9. High Hopes: The Capra Years (1981) (TV) .... Himself
  10. "Tomorrow Coast to Coast" .... Himself (1 episode, 1981)
    ... aka "The Tomorrow Show" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "Tomorrow" - USA (short title)
        - Episode dated 3 February 1981 (1981) TV episode .... Himself
  11. "Hollywood" .... Himself (2 episodes, 1980)
    ... aka "Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film" - USA (video box title)
        - End of an Era (1980) TV episode .... Himself
        - Comedy: A Serious Business (1980) TV episode .... Himself
  12. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart (1980) (TV) (uncredited) .... Himself/Seaker
    ... aka "The American Film Institute Salute to James Stewart" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "The American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards: Jimmy Stewart" - USA (video box title)

  13. "Hollywood Greats" .... Himself (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
    ... aka "The Hollywood Greats" - UK (original title)
        - Edward G. Robinson (1979) TV episode .... Himself
        - Clark Gable (1977) TV episode .... Himself
  14. "The Mike Douglas Show" .... Himself - Director / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1978)
        - Episode #17.12 (1978) TV episode .... Himself - Director
        - Episode #16.171 (1978) TV episode .... Himself - Director
        - Episode #10.221 (1971) TV episode .... Himself - Director
        - Episode #9.221 (1971) TV episode .... Guest
  15. Bing Crosby: His Life and Legend (1978) (TV) .... Himself
  16. "ABC Late Night" .... Himself (1 episode, 1975)
    ... aka "ABC's Wide World of Entertainment" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "Wide World Special" - USA (alternative title)
        - The Columbia Pictures 50th Anniversary Special (1975) TV episode .... Himself
  17. "Film Extra" .... Himself (1 episode, 1974)
        - Frank Capra (1974) TV episode .... Himself
  18. "The Merv Griffin Show" .... Himself (1 episode, 1973)
        - Episode dated 14 August 1973 (1973) TV episode .... Himself
  19. "Film Night" .... Himself (1 episode, 1973)
        - Episode dated 23 March 1973 (1973) TV episode .... Himself
  20. The Men Who Made the Movies: Frank Capra (1973) (TV) .... Himself
  21. The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) (TV) .... Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Director
  22. "The Dick Cavett Show" .... Himself (1 episode, 1972)
        - Robert Altman/Peter Bogdanovich/Mel Brooks/Frank Capra (1972) TV episode .... Himself
  23. "The David Frost Show" .... Himself (2 episodes, 1971)
        - Episode #3.232 (1971) TV episode .... Himself
        - Episode #3.201 (1971) TV episode .... Himself
  24. "Today" .... Himself (2 episodes, 1971)
    ... aka "NBC News Today" - USA (promotional title)
    ... aka "The Today Show" - USA (alternative title)
        - Episode dated 24 June 1971 (1971) TV episode .... Himself
        - Episode dated 23 June 1971 (1971) TV episode .... Himself
  25. "The Irv Kupcinet Show" .... Himself (1 episode, 1971)
        - Episode dated 19 June 1971 (1971) TV episode .... Himself
  26. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" .... Himself (1 episode, 1971)
    ... aka "Carson" - USA (informal title)
    ... aka "Johnny Carson" - USA (rerun title)
    ... aka "The Best of Carson" - USA (rerun title)
        - Episode #10.127 (1971) TV episode .... Himself

  27. Dear Mr. Gable (1968) .... Himself

  28. "This Is Your Life" .... Himself (1 episode, 1959)
        - Frank Capra (1959) TV episode .... Himself
  29. "Lux Video Theatre" .... Himself - Guest Host (1 episode, 1956)
    ... aka "Summer Video Theatre" - USA (summer title)
        - Here Comes the Groom (1956) TV episode .... Himself - Guest Host
  30. The 25th Annual Academy Awards (1953) (TV) .... Himself - Presenter: Best Film Editing
  31. The Screen Director (1951) (uncredited) .... Himself (staged 'archive' footage)

  32. Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940) .... Himself - Outgoing Academy President
    ... aka "The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928 to 1939" - USA (poster title)

  33. Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9 (1938) .... Himself - Oscar Winner
  34. Another Romance of Celluloid (1938) (uncredited) .... Himself
  35. Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 9 (1937) .... Himself
  36. Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 8 (1937) .... Himself
Archive Footage:
  1. And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV) .... Himself
  2. Una lunga vacanza (2012)
  3. Hollywood on the Tiber (2009) .... Himself
  4. 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009) (TV) .... Himself
  5. Why We Fight (2005) .... Himself
  6. "Biography"
        - Clark Gable: The King of Hollywood (2003) TV episode .... Himself
  7. James Cagney and Jack Warner (2003) (TV) .... Himself
  8. George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him (2001) (V) .... Himself
  9. Frank Capra and James Stewart (2001) (TV) .... Himself
  10. The Lady with the Torch (1999) (archive sound) (also archive footage) .... Himself
  11. Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV) .... Himself
  12. A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) (TV) (uncredited) .... Himself
  13. "American Masters"
        - D.W. Griffith: Father of Film (1993) TV episode .... Himself
  14. The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1990) (TV) .... Himself
  15. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon (1988) (TV) .... Himself
  16. Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) (uncredited) .... Himself
  17. Hollywood My Home Town (1965) .... Himself


Additional Details

Other Works:
(1961) He directed a pilot for a proposed TV anthology series called, "Frank Capra Comedy Theater". The series never came to fruition. See more »
Publicity Listings:
8 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 12 Articles See more »
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