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Films Directed by Capra:

1921-22: Fultah Fisher's Boarding House, Pathe.

1926: The Strong Man, First National Pictures. Capra's first job directing Harry Langdon.

1927: Long Pants, First National Pictures. Capra's last job directing Harry Langdon.

1927: For the Love of Mike, First National Pictures. Commercial failure, but Capra's first film featuring Claudette Colbert.

1928: That Certain Thing, Columbia. The beginning of Capra's partnership with cameraman Joseph Walker.

1928: So This is Love, Columbia.

1928: The Matinee Idol, Columbia.

1928: The Way of the Strong, Columbia.

1928: Say It With Sables, Columbia.

1928: The Power of the Press, Columbia.

1928: Submarine, Columbia. Capra's first film with actor Jack Holt; Capra's first film with sound.

1929: The Younger Generation, Columbia.

1929: The Donovan Affair, Columbia.

1929: Flight, Columbia.

1930: Ladies of Leisure, Columbia. Barbara Stanwyck's first major film role; Capra's first partnership with screenwriter Jo Swerling.

1930: Rain or Shine, Columbia.

1931: Dirigible, Columbia.

1931: The Miracle Woman, Columbia. Based on a play coauthored by Capra's future collaborator, Robert Riskin.

1931: Platinum Blonde, Columbia. Robert Riskin's first screenwriting credit in a Capra film.

1932: Forbidden, Columbia. Unsuccessful film based on a story of Capra's.

1932: American Madness, Columbia.

1933: The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Columbia.

1933: Lady For a Day, Columbia. First Capra film to earn Academy Award nominations.

1934: It Happened One Night, Columbia. Won five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Writer, Actor, Actress.

1934: Broadway Bill, Columbia.

1936: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Columbia. Capra's first film with Jean Arthur and Gary Cooper.

1937: Lost Horizon, Columbia.

1938: You Can't Take It With You, Columbia. First appearances by Jimmy Stewart, Edward Arnold, and Lionel Barrymore in a Capra film.

1939: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Columbia.

1941: Meet John Doe, Capra and Riskin's independent production, financed and distributed through Warner Brothers.

1944: Arsenic and Old Lace, Warner Bros.

1942-1946: Why We Fight Series, 834th Signal Service Photographic Detachment, Special Services Division, U.S. Army. Includes Prelude to War, The Nazis Strike, Divide and Conquer, The Battle of Britain, Substitution and Conversation, Know Your Ally Britain, The Battle of Russia, The Negro Soldier, Tunisian Victory, The Battle of China, War Comes to America, Your Job in Germany, Two Down and One to Go!, On to Tokyo, Know Your Enemy--Japan, Here is Germany, Our Job in Japan. No individual directing credits were listed on the screen; Capra directed, supervised, or contributed to the screenwriting of all the films mentioned above.

1946: It's a Wonderful Life, Liberty Films/RKO

1948: State of the Union, Liberty Films/MGM

1950: Riding High, Paramount. Remake of Broadway Bill.

1951: Here Comes the Groom, Paramount.

1956-58: AT&T Science Series, CBS-TV/Bell Telephone. Programs included Our Mr. Sun, Hemo the Magnificent, The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays, The Unchained Goddess.

1959: A Hole in the Head, United Artists. Capra shared production credit with Frank Sinatra, the film's star.

1961: Pocketful of Miracles, United Artists. Remake, co-produced with star Glenn Ford, of Lady for a Day.