Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, the award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. When Frank Capra decided to film the novel "The Gentleman From Montana", he ran into an obstacle Director Rouben Mamoulian owned the rights to the story. Unwilling to sell, Mamoulian eventually traded the material to Columbia on the condition that he be allowed to direct Golden Boy. As Capra began working on the film, now called Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, it was suggested that Gary Copper, the star of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, take the lead. Capra selected Jimmy Stewart instead and the film solidified Stewart's movie career, garnering him his first Academy Award® nomination. Receiving a total of eleven 1939 Oscar® nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), and winning one (Best Motion Picture Story), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is considered one of Capra's, Stewart's and Columbia's finest films. It also marked the end of an era. It was Capra's final film for the studio.
Documentary on the life and work of Frank Capra.
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly), who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman, Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Peter hopes to parlay the inside story of their misadventures into a job. But complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love. Directed by Frank Capra, It Happened One Night was the first movie to be honored with all five major Oscars®: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
Lionel Barrymore is the eccentric patriarch of a clan of frustrated artist who decided 30 years earlier to retire from the rat-race and use his fortune to encourage friends and family to pursue vocations that really interest them. At the center of his family is his granddaughter, Jean Arthur, who is carrying on a romance with her boss' son, James Stewart.
An affair with a small-town librarian threatens the career of an up-and-coming politician.
Tony Manetta, the irresponsible but charming widowed owner of a run-down Miami Beach hotel, tries to raise money to save the hotel from foreclosure. However, through thick and thin, one thing remains constant…the love between Tony and his 12 year old son, who ultimately teaches Tony that there is more than one way to measure success. Based on the Broad way play by Arnold Schulman.
The fifth and longest film in Frank Capra's acclaimed "Why We Fight" WWII propaganda series, "Battle of Russia" portrays the bitter fighting on the Eastern Front 1941-1943. It also attempts to justify the new alliance among the democratic Allies and Soviet Russia. Here, the Nazi invasion of Russia is framed in historical terms, with references to previous failed invasions by the Teutonic Knights in 1242, Charles of Sweden in 1704, and Napoleon in 1812. The tenacity and determination of the Russian people is emphasized, along with the nation's vast natural and human resources. (Communism, interestingly enough, is never mentioned.) While the film can be described as blatantly pro-Soviet, many aspects of it are accurate. Even today, few people grasp the scale of the sacrifice of human lives on the Eastern Front. Over 20 million Soviets were killed during the war, including over 8 million members of the armed forces. By comparison, American casualties were less than half a million.
The sixth film in Frank Capra's acclaimed "Why We Fight" propaganda series "The Battle of China" focuses on Japan's invasion of China. Special attention is paid to the history of China and the origins of the conflict, including Japan's "Tanaka Memorial" plan for conquest. A moving, human portrait of a nation beset by tragedy, the documentary highlights the grim determination of the Chinese, who lose battle after battle yet stay in the fight. Made in 1944, as the bloodbath in the Pacific intensified and America's sacrifices became more profound, this film makes certain to underscore Japanese atrocities in China. These include the unprovoked attack on Shanghai and the mass murder of civilians that became known as the "Rape of Nanking." The film also highlights some of the well-known stories of America's activities in the China Front, such as the building of the Ledo Road, General Stilwell, and the activities of the "Flying Tigers" fighter squadron.
Walter Huston stars as an idealistic bank president who has been making loans to depositors without sufficient collateral. When there's a run on his bank, his loyal staff rallies local small businessmen to make more deposits which moves the directors to keep the bank afloat. Released shortly after FDR's New Deal, this film whole-heartedly espoused Roosevelt's ideals.
The second film in Frank Capra's epic "Why We Fight" series, "The Nazis Strike" was released in 1943 — a year after the Academy Award-winning "Prelude to War." Where that film dealt with the history of Japanese and Italian aggression, this installment focuses on Nazi Germany and Hitler's diplomatic and military deceptions. Part history lesson, part call to arms, the film makes clear that the invasion of Poland in 1939 was the last in a long series of violations of international law, made by a leader who believed he was destined to achieve world domination. Despite the fact that Hitler made clear his expansionist ideas in Mein Kampf, he was also a master propagandist who deceived the French and British. Their appeasement of Hitler resulted in the worst challenge to Western Civilization in a millennium. The documentary concludes with a stirring portrait of the Invasion of Poland.
Winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary film in 1943, Prelude to War was the first film in Frank Capra's Why We Fight series, and one of the most important films of WWII. Hailed as a propaganda masterpiece, the passage of time has done little to dissipate its power. Intended to "give factual information as to the causes, the events leading up to our entry into the war and the principles for which we are fighting", Prelude to War was originally intended to be shown only to draftees. It proved so successful that it was soon released in theaters to generate support for the war effort. The film dramatically portrays the events leading up to WWII, including Japanese aggression in Manchuria, the rise of Hitler and Mussolini, and the isolationist attitude that prevailed in the United States. A key component in the narrative is the clash between democracy and the fascist "slave world" in which human dignity -- freedom of speech, freedom of religion and personal liberty -- is endangered.
A pair of U.S. servicemen vie for the love of a beautiful nurse in war-torn Nicaragua.
Their love of the same woman complicates a pair of aviators- efforts to conquer the South Pole.
The third installment in Frank Capra's epic WWII Why We Fight propaganda film series, Divide and Conquer brilliantly presents the Nazi conquest of Western Europe in 1940. The documentary begins immediately after the fall of Poland in October, 1939, as Hitler prepares his formidable Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe for an assault on Denmark and Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium, and finally France. The Blitzkrieg form of "Lightning Warfare", which relies on tanks, mechanized forces and paratroops to achieve unprecedented movement, proves innovative, heavily destructive, and decisive. The highly mobile German forces quickly outflank France's vaunted Maginot Line, and in under a month and a half France capitulates. Capra highlights Hitler's diabolical political skill, with each of the Fuhrer's statements of non-aggression towards the neutral countries of Europe shown to be treacherous and false. By film's end it is clear that only Britain stands in the way of a Fascist victory.
Originally released in 1943, The Battle of Britain represents the fourth movie in Frank Capra's epic "Why We Fight" documentary series. This film traces the fate of the British during the dark days of "The Blitz." It is a portrait of the desperate, but ultimately successful struggle to prevent a Nazi invasion of England. The film begins after the fall of France. With their army in shambles, the British have to rely on their naval and air forces to stave off invasion. These prove to be formidable adversaries, as does Prime Minister Winston Churchill. His stoic attitude and resolve keep the nation focused on victory. Throughout "The Blitz" the population never wavers. This presentation of The Battle of Britain also includes two rare wartime Ministry of Information shorts. "V-1" shows the "buzz bomb" attacks, while "Fighter Pilot" profiles the men about whom Churchill famously said "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few."
Here comes Bing Crosby as a reporter with a song in his heart...and room left over for two war orphans. They're Bing's to keep, if he can find a bride in just five days! The legendary der Bingle croons the Oscar-winning "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" in this effervescent musical, directed by another Hollywood legend, Frank Capra (It's A Wonderful Life). Jane Wyman and guest stars Dorothy Lamour, Louis Armstrong, Phil Harris and Cass Daley add to the irresistible fun. Here Comes The Groom—and there go the blues.
Academy Award-winning screen icons Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn shine in a classic film about marriage, politics and the pursuit of the American dream. When idealistic businessman Grant Matthews (Tracy) is chosen to run for the Presidency, he is caught between the ruthless ambition of a string-pulling newspaper owner and the integrity of his devoted wife (Hepburn). But just as Matthews embraces his ultimate goal, he realizes that he may have lost touch with the American people. Masterfully directed by three-time Academy Award winner Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), State of the Union is a timeless crowd pleaser with a stellar supporting cast including Angela Lansbury, Van Johnson and Adolphe Menjou.
The seventh and final film in Frank Capra's epic Why We Fight WWII series, War Comes to America is one of history's greatest propaganda movies. The film traces America's isolationist history while showing how public belief in that idea was eroded by the aggressive actions of the Fascist powers. While in 1936 nearly 95% of Americans told a Gallup poll that they would not want America to intervene in a European war, by 1939 nearly 70% of Americans were in favor of aid to Britain. Similarly, in 1937 only 43% of those polled showed sympathy for China's struggle against Japan, but by 1939 nearly 74% of Americans registered an anti-Japanese sentiment. As Capra demonstrates, these sea changes in public opinion enabled embargoes against Japan, and led to the Lend-Lease program for the British. America was still struggling with its position when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. At that point, America's entry into the war became inevitable.
A newspaper reporter marries into a wealthy family, only to find that he really loves someone else.
Apple Annie is an impish, gin-swilling New York City apple peddler who, through various enterprises, has saved enough to support her daughter--who has been at a posh European finishing school and has never seen her mother. The young woman, who thinks her mother is a society matron, is about to visit "The Big Apple." Apple Annie panics, thinking she will be discovered and disowned. But one of Apple Annie's hoodlum chums, Dave the Dude, has the idea for an elaborate masquerade using his Broadway connections....Based on 1933's Lady for a Day, which was adapted from a Damon Runyon story.