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Frank Capra - It's A Wonderful Life

Updated on April 6, 2015

Frank Capra

Writer, Film Director, Artist

Christmas with Frank Capra is a Holiday tradition. Many people would not think of a holiday going by without seeing "It's A Wonderful Life" and /or "Meet John Doe." The films serve as reminders of that which is the true meaning of Christmas.

However, Frank Capra made more than Christmas movies. His romantic comedies seemed to pair just the right actors and actresses for the stories that were written. Romantic comedies such as, "It Happened One Night," with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" with James Stewart in his memorable performance as the last standing man of honor in the House of Representatives.

Frank Capra movies are true works of art. Scripts were well written, well cast, and well read. Many professionals described his directorial methods as legendary. The purpose of this page is to provide information about Frank Capra and his timeless 'cinemagic.'

The Phone Call Scene: It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

This clip is a masterpiece. "It's A Wonderful Life" with Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart in a breathless embrace that began with just one phone call.

A Romantic Wish List

Frank Capra And Romance


A box of dark chocolates, a smooth glass of wine, a movie about a smart chic who falls for a guy who wants to be her hero, and a sweetheart to cuddle and share it all with. "It Happened One Night" is a romantic comedy classic starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The best part about Frank Capra movies is that they are simply timeless in art.

What better way to say "I love you," than to share a box of chocolates and a Frank Capra movie about war and peace, desperation and hope, with a touch of humanity.

It Happened One Night Movie Poster

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The Best Frank Capra Movie - Which do you think is the best Frank Capra Movie?

Frank Capra made so many great movies, and each one was something special. From "Arsenic and Old Lace" to "The Lost Horizon" Frank Capra found ways to tell stories that people could not only relate to, but were touched by. The stories were told in such a way that you want to hear them again. Much like reading a good book that is worth picking up again just to relive its magic. Do you have a favorite? Have you seen any of the Frank Capra classics more than once?

The Master At Work

About The Picture

Director Frank Capra Editing Film for "You Can't Take It with You" at Columbia Studios Premium Photographic Print by Rex Hardy Jr.

Meet John Doe - My Favorite

In Days Of Auld Lang Syne

A Perfect Gift Is A Story Well Told

It Is A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra had a gift of knowing how to communicate stories on film in such a way that an audience would embrace each character as though they were family in simpler times. Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit this page of information about one of the best directors ever.

The War Years

© 2007 Tonie Cook

Let's Talk About Frank Capra

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      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I'm sure you know that the thing about a bell and an angel getting its wings is a part of American folklore. Funny how something like that catches on.

      TonyB

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      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I'm sure you know that the thing about a bell and an angel getting its wings is a part of American folklore. Funny how something like that catches on.

      TonyB

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      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I have seen It's A Wonderful Life probably every year since 1972 when I got out of the Air Force. I never get tired of it, and always seem to find something new about it. Love this lens.

      TonyB

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      This lens reminds me, I need to dig it out and view it for 2011, we watch it every year. Great job and glad you were born friend squid!

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      I've always been inspired by It's a Wonderful Life ... especially the part about the angel getting his wings.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Great lens on a great director. Big thumbs up and lens rolled to 3 of my lens. Jimmy Stewart Christmas movies, Top Ten Romantic Comedies and 7 Best Christmas Movies where I have It's a Wonderful Life as the Best of 7 Christmas movies and It Happened One Night as one of the top romantic comedies.

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Thanks so much for this lens! I am a cinemaphile and will come back to it for information and inspiration. I love knowing what old movies to see.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Thanks so much for this lens! I am a cinemaphile and will come back to it for information and inspiration. I love knowing what old movies to see.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      9 years ago

      It's so nice to see a lens on Frank Capra. I watch "It's a Wonderful Life" about a dozen times each December. The other movies you mentioned are great too... such classics. Good job!

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