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The Writer’s Almanac for May 18, 2017: I cannot dance upon my Toes...

May 18, 2017: birthday: Frank Capra

It’s the birthday of film producer, director, and three-time Academy Award winner Frank Capra, born in Bisacquino, Sicily (1897). He moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was a young boy, and he worked odd jobs until he finally landed work at Columbia studios. In 1928, he signed a contract with the studio and began making his signature films, which include It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can’t Take It With You (1938), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

Capra said, “I wanted to glorify the average man, not the guy at the top, not the politician, not the banker, just the ordinary guy whose strength I admire, whose survivability I admire.”