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Category: Frank Capra

Around Town: Classic films from Capra, Hawks and Ford

September 15, 2011 |  6:00 am


Jimmy Stewart
Several classic films starring luminaries of the golden age of cinema, including Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lon Chaney, Gary Cooper, William Powell, Jean Harlow and John Garfield will be unspooling this week.

Two of Frank Capra’s Depression-era classics screen Thursday evening at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre. In 1939’s "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,"  Stewart stars as an idealistic young congressman, and in 1936’s "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," for which Capra won the directing Oscar, Cooper plays a naive small-town poet who inherits a fortune and moves to New York. Both films also star Arthur.

The Aero screens another Depression-era hit, the 1936 best picture Oscar-winner "The Great Ziegfeld," Saturday evening. Powell plays the famed showman Florenz Ziegfeld in this lavish musical-drama that also stars Myrna Loy as his second wife, Billie Burke, and Luise Rainer in her first lead actress Oscar-winning role, as his first wife, actress Anna Held.

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Director Frank Capra to be honored with U.S. postage stamp

August 10, 2011 |  3:03 pm


The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that three-time Oscar winner Frank Capra would be the second director honored in 2012 with a Great Film Directors postage stamp.

The first honoree, John Ford, was announced last week.

Capra, who began has career in silent film comedies, earned Oscars for directing the 1934 best picture winner "It Happened One Night," the 1936 social comedy "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" and the 1938 best picture "You Can't Take It With You." Capra also directed such classics as 1937's fantasy "Lost Horizon," the 1939 political drama "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and 1946's "It's a Wonderful Life." His final film was 1961's "Pocketful of Miracles," a remake of his own 1933 film, "Lady for a Day."

Capra died in 1991 at the age of 94.

The "forever" stamp features an illustration of Capra as well as the famed scene from "It Happened One Night" in which Clark Gable tutors Claudette Colbert on the fine art of hitchhiking. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp using art by illustrator Gary Kelley, who created the images using pastels on paper. The forever designation means that the stamps will remain valid for first-class postage regardless of any future rate increases.

The two other directors to be honored will be announced at a later date.


 -- Susan King

Photo: 2012 Frank Capra "forever" stamp. Credit: U.S. Postal Service 


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