Happy Birthday: Frank Capra (1897–1991)

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frankcapra.jpgHappy Birthday Frank Capra

Born: Francesco Rosario Capra

May 18, 1897 in Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy

Died: September 3, 1991 (age 94) in La Quinta, California, USA

Read reviews of the best of the director:

The Strong Man
1926
dir. Capra
Starring
Harry Langdon
Priscilla Bonner
LONG PANTSLong Pants
1927
dir. Capra
Starring
Harry Langdon
Gladys Brockwell
PLATINUM BLONDEPlatinum Blonde
1931
dir. Frank Capra
starring
Loretta Young
Jean Harlow
It Happened One NightIt Happened One Night
1934
dir. Capra
starring
Clark Gable
Claudette Colbert
MOVIE POSTERIT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
1946
dir. Frank Capra
Stars:
James Stewart
Donna Reed

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One thought on “Happy Birthday: Frank Capra (1897–1991)

  1. Happy Birthday Frank Capra

    He was born in the town of Palermo
    On an island across from Salerno
    Where young mafia types
    Earn their criminal stripes
    And where locals say things like ‘buongiorno’

    Making films with no sound he began
    As a nearly anonymous man
    But before he was done
    He was second to none
    And was known from L.A. to Milan

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was a gem
    Of a fantasy picture back when
    Films were wholesome and clean
    On the silvery screen
    In the days of Sophia Loren

    ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’ showed
    How a man from a humble abode
    Armed with passion and gumption
    Could conquer corruption
    With powers the founders bestowed

    ‘Mr. Deeds Goes to Town’ was a hoot
    It enhanced Mr. Capra’s repute
    As the cream of the crop
    Who more often than not
    Filled his studio coffers with loot

    With ‘Here Comes the Groom’ Capra scored
    It’s a movie the public adored
    With Bing Crosby as Pete
    Who was quick on his feet,
    Helping Frank win an Oscar Award

    ‘A Hole in the Head’ was the first
    Color movie he made, Capra nursed
    It towards its conclusion
    With skilled execution
    Just like it was planned and rehearsed

    So let’s wish Happy Birthday to Frank
    Who was someone we all ought to thank
    For his natural gift
    To divert and uplift
    Making nary a movie that stank

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