The most honored and well-liked director of his generation, Sicilian-born Frank Capra graduated from the California Institute of Technology as a Chemical Engineering major. Down on his luck after service during World War I, he bluffed his way into the movie business and learned films from the bottom up, from the film lab to the prop department to the editing department. He settled in as a gagman during the 1920s, and soon became a director specializing in comedy. After a stint with Mack Sennett, Capra moved to Columbia Pictures, where he came into his own as a filmmaker.
Displaying a good feel for drama as well as comedy, and a common touch with which ordinary viewers could resonate, Capra quickly became the star among the tiny studio’s stable of directors. His pictures, starting with American Madness in 1932, displayed themes that audiences regarded as important and uplifting during the worst days of the Great Depression, and Capra, despite the relatively modest budgets with… read more
Best scene in the film for me was when three characters in the film hang out, poke fun at each other, and wax grotesque philosophies. That gets a star and the fact there is a character named and referred to as Dude gets another star. Otherwise, this was an extremely odd duck of a film wherein the Lady for the Day disappears for what felt like half the film. Very strange and incredibly weak dialogue from Riskin.
Take The Great Depression, unknown actors, snippets of Pygmalion, and you have a Capra film that is part "senior citizen Cinderella." With cinematography that resembles the silent era, believable performances, and low-key comedy, this is a delightful film that leaves you with a smile.
A look at the posters for “Hollywood’s Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year.”