The Premiere Frank Capra Collection

The Premiere Frank Capra Collection

Director: Kenneth Bowser Cast: Frank Capra, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper
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poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
Now that Christmas is upon us, I'm sure a lot of people will watching Frank Capra's 1946 classic, "It's A Wonderful Life". Yet, I find myself going back to the movies that Capra made before "Life" that made him into a major filmmaker. "The Frank Capra Collection" contains five of the best films he did in the 1930's while working for Columbia Pictures. A few of them are films that we already know---such as the Oscar-winning "It Happened One Night", the poor-man parable of "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" and the political dramedy that is "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington". However, there are two lesser known films that make this all the more commendable. One of them is "You Can't Take It With You", a delightful comedy about a family full of eccentrics that sort of lays the groundwork for Capra's equally eccentric "Arsenic And Old Lace". This film, like many of other Capra films, features his stock company of actors including James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Jean Arthur and an almost teenage dancer named Ann Miller. The other film here is "American Madness", made in 1932 at the height of The Great Depression, it deals with the subject of bank panics. Walter Houston plays a thoughtful and over-trusting bank president who nearly faces ruin when his bank is robbed. When word gets out about the robbery, the public panics and we witness something which is sadly and timely in these financially depressed times. My only complaint with this brilliant boxed set is why they didn't include "Lost Horizon", Capra's much-maligned fantasy fable from 1939? Or "The Miracle Woman", which he made back in 1931 in which Barbra Stanwyck portrayed a not-so-honest radio evangelist? Including those movies would've made this collection indespensible. Still, you can't complain with these five movies, two of which hardly ever get shown on television these days.
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FrankFitz More than 1 year ago
Item received as advertised and I was very pleased.
evie-Z More than 1 year ago
All five movies are great if you like this classic era output. They become progressively better from the early 30's to to 1939, which shows that Capra was in a learning mode. . And they get longer too , with the first movie "American Madness" at 76 minutes(!) to " Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" at 129 minutes - still short by today's standards. The corny award goes to " It Happend One Night" but it was fun. My favorites are "You Can't Take It With You" and "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington". Am I a Jimmy Stewart fan or what? Try it. You'll likeit. Evie Z