The sickest Frank Capra said he ever got was traveling in steerage as a boy to America.
The most thrilled he ever got was when as a boy he looked from the deck to see the Statue of Liberty.
All of his movies were love letters to America in some form or fashion.
When the government asked him to make a series of documentaries to persuade a reluctant public of the danger of Nazi Germany.
The part involving the maligning of fat-cat banker and slumlord Henry Potter.
While Bailey (who lends money to the working poor) is the movie’s hero.
Henry Potter (who focuses on the financial bottom line alone) is the villain.
According to an FBI’s memo, portraying a capitalist in such a negative light was a classic communist trick.
The Senate's Witch Hunt into Hollywood disillusioned Frank Capra who made few movies afterwards.
WHAT HAS ALL THIS TO DO WITH WRITING
YOU MAY ASK
We have a unique chance to observe Humanity in a crucible of irrational thought, stress, and sociological pressures.
Look over the past 100 years and see who burned books,
shouted down opposing thoughts,
punished those who spoke out against Lawlessness hiding under the guise of Law.
Who uses the cover of night to do
what they do not possess
the votes to do legally?
The Mob knows no Rule of Law ...
Which is all right ...
Until they come for you.
McCarthyism is alive and well ... just in another political party.
Does humor have a place when writing in a time of crisis?
Especially then, don't you think?
You will never again have this opportunity to write while the world around you is at war with itself.
Don't waste this chance.
People are scared. It’s understandable.
Our health and well-being are on the line. And our political foundations seem to be unraveling.
But if you set your sails counter to the prevailing winds and stay the course, you may produce a novel of outstanding worth.