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Capra, Coughlin, Socialism


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For those who remember Father Coughlin's radio broadcasts and how Capra films were regarded during the Great Depression, please expound on whether any tendencies reflecting Socialism in things like the John Doe film affected your acceptance of the Capra message or ruined your viewing of his films.

Turn your radio down while you type, if you are still listening to Coughlin's tirades on your vintage Philco Bakelite radio.

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CG, I thank you very much for starting this thread.

You see by your doing so, I was then in turn prompted to google "Father Coughlin and Frank Capra", and I ended up finding the following site that contained what I considered a very well written and extremely cogent essay (though somewhat lengthy--15 pages) on Frank Capra, and written by one Russell Campbell.

Mr. Campbell examines with a clear eye and much fairness a few of Capra's various films that contained political messages. Father Coughlin's name does come up in this, but so do many other possible political and social influences upon Capra which the director would then seem to incorporate into those films.

Now, you may have already found this webpage earlier yourself and which might have indeed prompted you to start this thread, but just in case you didn't and it wasn't, here it is. I think you'll enjoy it also...

http://www.academia.edu/10166747/Fascism_and_Frank_Capra

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