Frank Capra: It’s a Wonderful Life, America

This morning on his Talk Radio program, Mike Gallagher offered up a brief tribute to one of America’s greatest film directors, Frank Capra.  Highlighting Capra’s acceptance speech at the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement award, Gallagher focused in on this great man’s unabashed patriotism and thankful appreciation for his adopted country.

Francesco Rosario Capra was born 114 years ago on May 18, 1897 in Sicily. At the age of six, he emigrated to the USA with his family and settled in Los Angeles.  He began his movie career during the silent film era working as a prop man but went on to become one of America’s foremost creative directors, winning three Oscars for Best Director during the 1930s: It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and You Can’t Take It With You.  He also directed those wonderful classics that have endured the Hollywood fads and fancies: Lost Horizon, Meet John Doe, Arsenic and Old Lace, It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and A Pocketful of Miracles.

Here’s Mr. Capra’s acceptance speech at the 1982 AFI award ceremony.  Hang in there until the end of the clip when Capra speaks about his family arriving in America.  It’s worth the wait.


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