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Frank Capra's American Dream

Duration:
115 min
Genres:
Documentary | Biography
IMDB rate:
7
Director:
Kenneth Bowser
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win
Details
Country: USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Ron Howard
Himself - Host and Narrator
Robert Altman
Himself - Interviewee: Director
Jeanine Basinger
Herself - Interviewee: Curator, Capra Archives, Weslayan University
Edward Bernds
Himself - Interviewee: Sound Technician / Director
Frank Capra Jr.
Himself - Interviewee: Producer (archive footage)
Tom Capra
Himself - Interviewee: Producer
Allen Daviau
Himself - Interviewee
André De Toth
Himself - Interviewee: Director (as André DeToth)
Richard Dreyfuss
Himself - Interviewee: Actor
Bill Duke
Himself - Interviewee: Director
Peter Falk
Himself - Interviewee: Actor
Amy Heckerling
Herself - Interviewee: Writer / Director
Marshall Herskovitz
Himself - Interviewee: Director
Arthur Hiller
Himself - Interviewee: Director
Michael Keaton
Himself - Interviewee: Actor
Angela Lansbury
Herself - Interviewee: Actor
Garry Marshall
Himself - Interviewee: Writer / Director
Joseph McBride
Himself - Interviewee: Capra Biographer
John Milius
Himself - Interviewee: Writer / Director
Martin Scorsese
Himself - Interviewee: Director
Richard Schickel
Himself - Interviewee: Film Critic
Oliver Stone
Himself - Interviewee: Director
Bob Thomas
Himself - Interviewee: Harry Cohn Biographer
Fay Wray
Herself - Interviewee
Jane Wyatt
Herself - Interviewee: Actor
Edward Zwick
Himself - Interviewee: Director
John Agar
Himself (archive footage)
Tom Brokaw
Himself (voice)
Frank Capra
Himself (archive footage)
Jeff Greenfield
Himself (voice)
Rudolf Hess
Himself (archive footage)
Peter Jennings
Himself (voice)
George Jessel
Himself (archive footage)
Ted Koppel
Himself (voice)
Leonard Maltin
Himself (voice)
Keith Morrison
Himself (voice)
Paul Muni
Himself (archive footage)
Luise Rainer
Herself (archive footage)
Shirley Temple
Herself (archive footage)
Irving Thalberg
Himself (archive footage)
Jean Adair
actor 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Albertson
actor 'It's a Wonderful Life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Alexander
actor 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
actor 'You Can't Take It with You' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert J. Anderson
actor 'It's a Wonderful Life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews
actor 'Meet John Doe' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Arnold
actor 'Meet John Doe' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jean Arthur
actress 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nils Asther
actor 'The Bitter Tea of General Yen' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mischa Auer
actror 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Irving Bacon
actor 'You Can't Take It with You' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Art Baker
actor 'State of the Union' (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Bancroft
actor 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lionel Barrymore
actor 'You Can't Take It with You' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Warner Baxter
actor 'Broadway Bill' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hank Bell
actor 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ward Bond
actor 'It's a Wonderful Life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Carey
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Carson
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Catlett
actor 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Claudette Colbert
actress 'It Happened One Night' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ronald Colman
actor 'Lost Horizon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Connolly
actor 'It Happened One Night' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gary Cooper
actor 'Meet John Doe' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bing Crosby
actor 'Riding High' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bette Davis
Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Dingle
actor 'State of the Union' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ruth Donnelly
actress 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Douglass Dumbrille
actor 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Evans
actor 'It Happened One Night' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Glenda Farrell
actress 'Lady for a Day' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Faylen
actor 'It's a Wonderful Life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Virginia Fox
Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clark Gable
Actor - 'It Happened One Night' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gloria Grahame
actress 'It's a Wonderful life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cary Grant
actor 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ralph Graves
actor 'Submarine (archive footage) (uncredited)
Coleen Gray
actress 'Riding High' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Karolyn Grimes
actress 'It's a Wonderful Life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Katharine Hepburn
actress 'State of the Union' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eddie Hodges
actor 'A Hole in the head' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Holt
actor 'Submarine' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Everett Horton
actor 'Lost Horizon (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Howard
actor 'Lost Horizon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Josephine Hull
actor 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Huston
actor 'American Madness' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sam Jaffe
actor 'Lost Horizon' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Isabel Jewell
actress 'Lost Horizon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Van Johnson
actor 'State of the Union' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Carolyn Jones
Actress 'A Hole in the Head' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roscoe Karns
actor 'It Happened One Night' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guy Kibbee
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Lane
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Priscilla Lane
actress 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Langdon
actor 'The Strong Man' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hope Lange
Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joi Lansing
actress 'A Hole in the Head' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Lorre
actor 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Myrna Loy
actress 'Broadway Bill' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Raymond Massey
actor 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adolphe Menjou
actor 'State of the Union' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ann Miller
actress 'You Can't Take It with You' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thomas Mitchell
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Murphy
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ken Murray
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eugene Pallette
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Franklin Pangborn
actror 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eleanor Parker
Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Claude Rains
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ronald Reagan
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Donna Reed
actress 'It's a Wonderful Life' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thelma Ritter
actress 'A Hole in the Head' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward G. Robinson
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
May Robson
actress 'Lady for a Day' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Christian Rub
actror 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mack Sennett
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Larry Simms
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frank Sinatra
Actor 'A Hole in the Head' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ned Sparks
actor 'Lady for a Day' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lionel Stander
actor 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Barbara Stanwyck
actress 'Forbidden' (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Stewart
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dub Taylor
actor 'You Can't Take It withYou' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Spencer Tracy
actor 'State of the Union' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Raymond Walburn
actror 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
H.B. Warner
actor 'Lost Horizon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin
actor 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Warren William
actor 'Lady for a Day' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Williams
actor 'Platinum Blonde' (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Wray
actor 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Keenan Wynn
actor 'A Hole in the Head' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
This documentary is featured on Columbia TriStar's 1998 DVD for The Matinee Idol (1928), both Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's 2006 Frank Capra Premiere Collection DVD set and 2014 Blu-ray for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), as well as The Criterion Collection's 2014 DVD & Blu-ray releases for It Happened One Night (1934).
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The movie narrator Ron Howard states was falsely represented as a Capra film in England in order to generate more revenue by Columbia studio boss Harry Cohn was "If You Could Only Cook," actually directed by William A. Seiter with Herbert Marshall and Jean Arthur. It resulted in legal action by Capra against Cohn.
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Narrator Howard states that one hour was edited out of 'Lost Horizon" by Columbis studio boss Harry Cohn without Capra's consent. In Capra's biography, "The Name above the Title" the director claims that that the preview audience laughed at the oriental melodramatics in the first two reels which preceded the airport panic that the film in its present state opens with. Capra states that the audience compared it unfavorably with Fu Manchu movies. An upset Capra claims he took the first two reels home and burned them in his furnace without consulting Cohn.
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