Frank Capra

Frank Robert Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) became one of America’s most powerful directors during the 1930s, winning three Oscars as Best Director. Among his leading films was “It Happened One Night” (1934), which became the first film to win all five top Oscars, including Best Picture. Other leading films included “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” (1936), “Lost Horizon” (1937), “You Can’t Take It With You” (1938), “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), “Meet John Doe” (1941), “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) and “State of the Union” (1948).

Frank Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991)

Frank Capra
(May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991)

Frank Capra 1937

Frank Capra 1937

Frank Capra 1934

Frank Capra 1934

Frank Capra at the 1936 Academy Awards. Capra was nominated for six  Academy Awards for Best Director, winning three for "You Can't Take It with You" (1938), "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), and "It Happened One Night" (1934)

Frank Capra at the 1936 Academy Awards. Capra was nominated for six Academy Awards for Best Director, winning three for “You Can’t Take It with You” (1938), “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” (1936), and “It Happened One Night” (1934)

Frank Capra (right) with Jimmy Stewart on the set of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)

Frank Capra (right) with Jimmy Stewart on the set of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)

Frank Capra, George Bancroft and Jean Arthur on the set of "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936)

Frank Capra, George Bancroft and Jean Arthur
on the set of “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” (1936)

Frank Capra with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable on the set of "It Happened One Night" (1934)

Frank Capra with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable
on the set of “It Happened One Night” (1934)

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