The Films of Frank Capra, Signed to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
[Signed Presentation to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.] Scherle, Victor. The Films of Frank Capra. First Edition. 1977. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition. Co-written by William Turner Levy and with an introduction by William O Douglas. This copy is boldly inscribed in blue felt pen to one of the actors who appears in the book, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., “For Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.—with thanks: and with kindest personal regards from the authors! Victor Scherle and William Turner Levy.”
It is impossible to hear the name Capra without thinking of It’s a Wonderful Life, but his first history-making film, It Happened One Night, was released a decade earlier. It not only launched Clark Gable into the stratosphere, but it was also the first film to win the top five Academy Awards (Film, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay), a record that remained unbroken for the next four decades. In addition to a chronological review of Capra’s films and the treasure trove of photos, the book includes commentary by the cast and crew from Capra’s films, as well as tributes from Capra’s army of admirers. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., to whom this copy is inscribed, starred in Capra’s 1928 film, The Power of the Press.
“I’d rather be Capra than God—if there is a Capra.”