The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography

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Da Capo Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 513 pages
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Although Frank Capra (1897–1991) is best known as the director of It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace, and It's a Wonderful Life, he was also an award-winning documentary filmmaker as well as a behind-the-scene force in the Director's Guild, the Motion Picture Academy, and the Producer's Guild. He worked with or knew socially everyone in the movie business from Mack Sennett, Chaplin, and Keaton in the silent era through the illustrious names of the golden age. He directed Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jean Harlow, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, and others. Reading his autobiography is like having Capra sitting in your living room, regaling you with his anecdotes. In The Name Above the Title he reveals the deeply personal story of how, despite winning six Academy Awards, he struggled throughout his life against the glamors, vagaries, and frustrations of Hollywood for the creative freedom to make some of the most memorable films of all time.
 

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Contents

Its About Time You Bum
3
Great Week for Screwballs
17
Comedy and the King
35
Baby Face
57
Columbia the Germ of the Ocean
81
The Sound and the Fury
100
In Search of the Holy Grail
113
Bitter Times and Bitter Tea
136
You Cant Take It with You
236
If You Have to Think About It Forget It
253
Film Power vs Freedom of Film
274
Five Endings in Search of an Audience
294
Why We Fight
325
F D R Mr P M W W II
344
Give Me Liberty
371
Balabans Law
400

Struggle with Success
157
Winning the Grail
159
Bum the First Two Reels
190
The Common Bond
203
If You Could Only Cook
214
SelfExile
424
Stars over Hollywood
446
Pocketful of Troubles
470
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Frank Capra (1897–1991) directed many films in Hollywood, including It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace, and It's a Wonderful Life.

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