Frank Capra Birthday

Frank Capra Birthday on May 18: TCM running rare "Rain or Shine" on that day

The recently restored, but rarely seen Capra film "Rain or Shine" from 1930 is to be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies on the occasion of Capra's birthday anniversary on May 18.

The complete list of films to broadcast is below. Note: Instead of the usual Capra films (Mr. Smith, Deeds, Doe, etc) TCM is showing an excellent list of early Capra films that are predecessors in theme and style to the later, better-known films.

Monday May 18, 2009 Capra Films on TCM

6:30 AM Flight (1929)
A Marine flyer and his flight school mentor fall for the same beautiful nurse. Cast: Jack Holt, Lila Lee, Ralph Graves. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-112 mins, TV-PG
8:30 AM Ladies of Leisure (1930)
A wealthy artist faces family pressure when he falls for a model with a past. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Graves, Lowell Sherman. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-100 mins, TV-PG
10:15 AM Rain or Shine (1930)
A young woman inherits her father's financially troubled circus. Cast: Joe Cook, Joan Peers, Louise Fazenda. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-88 mins, TV-G
11:45 AM Dirigible (1931)
Romantic rivals vie to be the first to fly to the South Pole. Cast: Jack Holt, Ralph Graves, Fay Wray. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-100 mins, TV-G
1:30 PM Platinum Blonde (1931)
A heartless heiress seduces a hard-working reporter into a disastrous marriage. Cast: Robert Williams, Loretta Young, Jean Harlow. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-89 mins, TV-G
3:00 PM The Miracle Woman (1931)
A phony faith healer fights the temptation to go straight when she falls for a blind man. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Beryl Mercer. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-90 mins, TV-PG
4:45 PM American Madness (1932)
A banker fights to keep his independence and protect his customers. Cast: Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-76 mins, TV-G, CC
6:15 PM Forbidden (1932)
On an ocean voyage, a librarian falls for a married man. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-85 mins, TV-G

The Frank Capra Premiere Collection 5 Films

AMAZON: The Premiere Frank Capra Collection (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington / It Happened One Night / You Can't Take It with You / Mr. Deeds Goes to Town / American Madness / Frank Capra's American Dream)

Frank Capra Film Director 1897 - 1991