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  • If you're losing faith in DC...Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is on TCM at 8pm est

    02/16/2018 3:52:25 PM PST · by Vision · 37 replies
    Jimmy "All American Hero" Stewart was being slandered and fighting corruption to exhaustion back then. At that time, in reality, the US Senate tried to stop the movie from being released. We the People!
  • Most Inspirational American Film Ever Made? Its a Christmas Classic

    12/25/2016 7:29:03 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 25, 2016 | JP
    When Philip Van Doren Stern passed away in 1984, his New York Times obituary eulogized him as a historian, novelist and editor who was widely respected by scholars for his authoritative books on the Civil War era. But while Stern authored a number of historical titles including They Were There: The Civil War in Action as Seen by Its Combat Artists, Secret Missions of the Civil War, and An End to Valor: The Last Days of the Civil War his most notable work was a short story that had nothing whatsoever to do with the Civil War. It...
  • Catholics Agree: Its a Wonderful Life

    12/20/2016 2:54:18 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 20, 2016 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of Frank Capras beloved Christmas movie, Its a Wonderful Life. It debuted December 20, 1946, just a year after World War II ended. (Remember, the film begins and ends with the expected return of war hero Harry Bailey.)The film offers several Catholic perspectives. How many movies today would begin with eight people praying? But, in a world afflicted by the culture of death, I want to salute the pro-life focus of this film.In response to those eight prayers heard in heaven, God summons the angelshis messengersto help. At exactly ten forty-five p.m. earth...
  • ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is atheist, Communist propaganda

    12/27/2015 7:25:08 PM PST · by presidio9 · 215 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    The Christmas Eve showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” may be intended to make you believe in the importance of even an ordinary person’s life, but underneath that, what are the film’s secret hidden messages, the ones that become apparent only after two or three eggnogs? Let’s mull over some of the wackier possibilities. It’s a salute to atheism. It’s “the least religious but most humanist film you could ever see,” said David Wilson in The Guardian, because it suggests people should fix their problems on Earth rather than waiting for God to help out. Regarding Jimmy Stewart’s character George...
  • Film Studies Deconstructed

    04/29/2015 7:05:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 29, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Film buffs could make a case that the art of film has deteriorated with the prevalence of film school grads working in it. After all, , the men, and they were mostly men, who made the 70- and 80year old movies we still watch managed to avoid it. Case in point: director Frank Capra, whose Its a Wonderful Life is a Christmas staple while, for the remainder of the year, TV viewers still devour his other classics: Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Meet John Doe, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Today, Capras outlook would not get him past the...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Lady For A Day"(1933)

    05/11/2014 1:15:16 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1933 | Frank Capra
  • Mister Cruz goes to Washington; we can write the ending of this one too

    09/27/2013 1:33:10 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/27/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Weve seen Ted Cruzs story before. In 1939 Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra teamed up to produce the classic, Mister Smith goes to Washington. What started out as a nice little what if movie about one mans influence in Washington and ended up being an enduring reminder of the power of truth to destroy lies. The parallels between Stewarts Senator Jefferson Smith and Texas Senator Ted Cruz arent exact, but strong enough to make the point Capra was trying to make. Both are young, intelligent, fearless and idealistic. When Smith tries to pass a simple, wholesome sounding bill he is...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "It's A Wonderful Life"(1946)

    12/23/2012 11:58:34 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1946 | Frank Capra
    Today being Christmas Eve Eve is the inspiration for today's feature. The beloved perennial Christmas classic about a man who sees what life would've been liked if he had never been born. Starring conservative Republican and WWII veteran James Stewart and directed by Republican, pro-American director Frank Capra. Possibly my favorite film of all time.
  • Movie for a Sunday Afternoon: "Meet John Doe"

    09/23/2012 1:45:08 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1941 | Frank Capra
    This week's feature is an excellent portrayal of how the cynical media manipulates(or at least certainly tries to and often succeeds at) the masses to advance their own agendas. From 1941 and involving 3 classic Hollywood legends (Cooper, Stanwyck, and Capra) who were all Republicans.
  • Why Film's Golden Age Ended

    05/02/2010 7:12:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies · 1,491+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 05/02/2010 | Charles Colson
    One of the best films ever made is Frank Capras It Happened One Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The 1934 comedy features an heiress on the run from her father, and the reporter who joins forces with her. The two fall in love and, alone in hotel rooms, to guard against temptation, they hang a blanket between their beds. They call it the walls of Jericho. When the couple finally ties the knot, the wall comes tumbling down. In the 1930s, a plotline that precluded premarital sex was a wise idea. Movie-makers who flouted the Motion Picture Production...
  • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (scene following his 23 hour filibuster)

    02/20/2010 1:37:51 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies · 297+ views
    A brilliant scene from the end of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", when Jeff Smith, after 23 hours of talking sense to the nation, gets hit with 50,000 phony telegrams demanding that he resign. If this scene doesn't move you, then you have a stone heart and a leather soul!
  • Its a Wonderful Copyright Mess

    12/24/2009 8:22:18 AM PST · by AJKauf · 59 replies · 1,641+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec.. 24 | Adam Graham
    the case of Its a Wonderful Life. When the film was released in 1946, it was given a 28-year copyright term which was eligible for a 28-year renewal. For whatever reason, a request wasnt put in for renewal, and it was believed to have fallen into the public domain in 1975. Had it not connected with the American people on its rediscovery, it would have become a resident of dollar DVD bins, like other public domain mainstays such as the Fleischer Superman cartoons or Bill Cosbys TV movie Tell All My Friends on the Shore. However, the movie studio smelled...
  • Jimmy Stewart and Psalm 91

    12/17/2009 3:32:58 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies · 1,086+ views
    NC Register ^ | December 17, 2009 | JOSEPH PRONECHEN
    When it comes to a Christmastime movie, a perennial favorite of most everyone is Its a Wonderful Life. Jimmy Stewart made no secret it was his favorite film and favorite role as George Bailey. The poignant slice of Americana is on the Vaticans film list and No. 5 on the Registers 100 best films list. No matter how many times we watch it, the story remains fresh and remarkably uplifting. And with strong spiritual implications whose foundations were laid before filming began. Before Stewart became George Bailey, his guardian angel surely watched over him during harrowing combat missions in World...
  • Wonderful? Sorry, George, Its a Pitiful, Dreadful Life

    12/22/2008 4:47:10 AM PST · by 7thson · 90 replies · 1,773+ views
    The New York Slimes ^ | December 18, 2008 | WENDELL JAMIESON
    Lots of people love this movie of course. But Im convinced its for the wrong reasons. Because to me Its a Wonderful Life is anything but a cheery holiday tale. Sitting in that dark public high school classroom, I shuddered as the projector whirred and George Baileys life unspooled.
  • Are We in a Frank Capra Movie?

    11/01/2008 5:35:10 PM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies · 353+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 11/01/08 | reasonmclucus
    Many people suggested after the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate that she was comparable to Jimmy Stewart's character in the Frank Capra movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". The character in one of the other movies in the unofficial trilogy that included "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" is somewhat similar to the Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. "Meet John Doe" is about a man plucked from obscurity because of his inspiring speeches. In the movie set in the Depression, Barbara Stanwyck plays columnist Ann Sheridan who is one of many employees fired from "The...
  • MSM/Left Cry "Right-wing Propaganda" Over "Obsession" DVD Mailing

    09/16/2008 12:16:48 PM PDT · by pparmley · 32 replies · 695+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | 9/15/08 | Greg Mitchell
    As explored here this past weekend, the Clarion Fund has paid dozens of newspapers across the country -- almost solely in "swing" election states -- and The New York Times to distribute the "Islam terror" DVD "Obsession" with their home delivery packages. Among the larger cities where this has taken place: Miami, Philadelphia, Denver and Pittsburgh. An estimated 28 million copies have been distributed so far, also through the mails and other magazines. An article at the group's site,, all but endorsed John McCain this past week, then was pulled down. But at least one newspaper turned away the...
  • Robert J. Anderson, 75; child actor was young George Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life'

    06/11/2008 11:32:08 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 593+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 8, 2008 | Claire Noland
    Robert J. Anderson, a former child actor best known for playing the young George Bailey in the 1946 Christmas film classic "It's a Wonderful Life," has died. He was 75. Anderson was 12 when director Frank Capra cast him as Jimmy Stewart's youthful counterpart in the heartwarming tale set in Bedford Falls. As the adult George Bailey contemplates suicide, his life is told in flashback so his guardian angel Clarence can get to know him. Young George rescues his brother from drowning, dreams about being an explorer and saves the town pharmacist, Mr. Gower, from accidentally poisoning a customer. The...

    11/25/2007 1:17:12 PM PST · by mware · 74 replies · 85+ views
    New York Post ^ | Nov 25, 2007 | KYLE SMITH
    While watching the new colorization of It's a Wonderful Life" on DVD - this time they got it right; no longer do you get the feeling you're watching a black-and-white film through stained glass - I thought: you know who would love this? Why, that visionary American innovator Henry F. Potter. That's right, Mr. Potter - the unsung hero of It's a Wonderful Life," the canny businessman who tried (and, alas, failed) to turn boring, repressed Bedford Falls - a town full of drunks, child beaters, vandals and racial and sexual harassers - into an exciting new destination nightspot called...
  • Two True Pictures of the Terror War - (Max Boot! Wonderful antidote to Michael Moron!)

    01/06/2005 1:28:17 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 331+ views
    Private Email | JANUARY 6, 2005 | MAX BOOT
    During World War II, Frank Capra made a series of films called "Why We Fight" to rally Americans behind the war effort. Imagine a filmmaker doing that today. Actually, it's impossible to imagine. Hollywood either prefers to stay away from the war on terrorism altogether (the film version of Tom Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears" changed the villains from Islamist extremists to neo-Nazis) or to use it, even in its pre-9/11 form, as a morality play to warn against lost civil liberties (see "The Siege," starring Denzel Washington). The film community whose exquisite sensibilities are routinely outraged by...
  • Liberals using It's A Wonderful Life to bash Republicans!!! Potter was a Republican???

    12/24/2004 11:25:07 AM PST · by Minus_The_Bear · 30 replies · 597+ views
    Mr. Potter is WinningAll hail Pottersville! Above are two different articles that use the Jimmy Stewart/Donna Reed Holiday classic Its a Wonderful Life as a basis for attacking Republicans. This is a widespread meme, I've seen it in other places but couldn't find them online. Basically these articles suggest that mean old Mr. Potter was obviously a Republican because he worked to keep the people of Beford Falls poor and without the things they wanted. He was always out for himself and profits and paid no mind to the concerns of the little people. Personally I think it's disgusting that...