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Rated NR · 1932

A small, often shrill 1932 social comedy by Frank Capra. This was Capra's first venture into populist editorializing, the story of a bank president (Walter Huston) whose answer to the Depression is to “trust people.” The bank flounders, and thousands of small investors run in at the finale to save it. Capra recycled much of the material in his sentimental masterpiece of 1946, It's a Wonderful Life, where, in an overtly fantastic context, it seemed much less gratingly naive. Huston pleasingly fills out his part, based on the founder of the Bank of America, with a soaring, half-crazed messianic zeal. With Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson, and Constance Cummings; the script is by Capra's regular collaborator, Robert Riskin. 81 min.
Director: Frank Capra and Allan Dwan
Writer: Roy William Neill and Robert Riskin
Producer: Harry Cohn
Cast: Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson, Constance Cummings and Gavin Gordon

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