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
Hampered in every way by the source play. Tracy's corruption happens in a 5 second montage, while reels of film are wasted on superfluous speeches and wasted scenes (i.e. the airplane). Mercifully, Capra saves his usual heavy-handed, cornball mob rousing until the very end, allowing Tracy & Hepburn to have a few honest scenes together along the way.
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in their element, helped on by the magic of Frank Capra, during his later period of post-war filmmaking. Hepburn is as fiery as ever, even winning Tracy onto her side more often than she usually does, opposite a positively icy Angela Lansbury. Such a wonderful combination, such a wonderful film. ps, 10 points if you spot the wicked witch of the west
Tracy and Hepburn at the most complex. Somewhat similar Capra film to "Meet John Doe" but much more political piece. Politically its biting at times and other instances very idealistic. Very good performances by all actors with a witty screenplay by Myles Connolly & Anthony Veiller based off the 1945 Crouse and Lindsay play with the same name. Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury, and Adolphe Menjou round out the cast.
Great entertainment from Capra with a story not dated at all. An idealistic industrialist gets sucked into politics slowly having his ideals and ethics taken away from him as he tries toget his party's nomination. Trying to keep him in check is his wife as his mistress has an agenda of her own. Great performances by Hepburn/Tracy and especially Angela Lansbury who is both sexy and slimey here.