Cinema: Columbia's Gems

Tops among Hollywood writer-director teams for many a year were hairy little Frank Capra, who used to be a Mack Sennett gagman, and baldish Robert Riskin, who got into the movie business when a shirt manufacturer he was working for decided to take a flier in shorts. During the six years they worked together for Columbia, Capra & Riskin turned out a dazzling string of critical and box-office successes, Lady For a Day, Broadway Bill, It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, You Can't Take It With You. They won their share of Oscars and some of...

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