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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 18, 2013.
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Scouts get 60 Christmas trees after theft

KINGSTON, N.Y., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A New York Christmas-tree seller arranged to replace 60 trees stolen from a Boy Scouts council that was selling the trees as a fundraiser, the council said.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, May 18, 2012.
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TCM planning great directors festival

TCM planning great directors festival

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to 52 of cinema's greatest directors with a month-long festival in June, the U.S. network said.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 18, 2008.
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Studio head Frank Capra Jr. dead at 73

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Movie producer Frank Capra Jr. has died of prostate cancer in Philadelphia at the age of 73, his son Jonathan told the Los Angeles Times.

Book lists 'Kane' as world's No. 1 movie

RENO, Nev., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A new U.S. book on world cinema, "99 Remarkable Films of the World," lists Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, "Citizen Kane," as the No. 1 movie of all time.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 3, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Friday, May 18, 2007.
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Key 'Wonderful Life' scene was salvaged

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A key scene in the classic Christmas film "It's a Wonderful Life" nearly didn't make the final cut after star Jimmy Stewart refused to shoot another take. Author Stephen Cox wrote in Saturday's Los Angeles Times that the powerful barroom scene in which St

U.S. medical cartoons make comeback

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Animated public health films made by cartoon legends from the 1920s through 1960s are making a comeback through the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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Frank Capra
Oscar-winning film director Frank Capra (L) gives legendary film actor Jimmy Stewart a playful squeeze under the chin 1/23/1985 during a luncheon honoring Capra for his lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry. Stewart starred in Capra's 1946 classic "It's a wonderful life".
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Frank Russell Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was a Sicilian-born American film director. He emigrated to the U.S. when he was six, and eventually became a creative force behind major award-winning films during the 1930s and 1940s. His rags-to-riches story, having worked his way through college, has led film historians like Ian Freer to consider Capra the "American dream personified."

Capra became America's most powerful director during the 1930s, winning 3 Oscars as Best Director. Among his leading films was It Happened One Night (1934), which became the first film to win all five top Oscars, including Best Picture. Other leading films included Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Lost Horizon (1937), You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Meet John Doe (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and State of the Union (1948). Because of his early fame as a director, his name was listed "above the title" of his films when they were publicized. People "flocked to the theaters" during the 1930s and 1940s to see films directed by Frank Capra.

After World War II, however, Capra's career declined as his subjects were more out of tune with the mood of audiences. Critics described his films as being "simplistic" or "overly idealistic". However, the public nonetheless loved his films, especially during the Great Depression years, when audiences needed uplifting themes of inspiration. His pictures let viewers witness "a triumph of the individual over corrupt leaders", and experience "inherent qualities of kindness and caring for others." Most of his best works have been revived, and are today considered timeless fables filled with love and respect for the struggles of the common man.

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