Books: How It Was

THE NAME ABOVE THE TITLE by Frank Capra. 513 pages. Macmillan. $12.50.

The formula seldom changed. At the end of every typical Frank Capra movie —Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, say, or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington—the hero, a generally shy but sturdy innocent, vanquished the villain, got the girl and reaffirmed once again the notion that all you really need in order to win out is spunk and some levelheaded determination.

It was a surefire fairy tale, the sort of thing that Depression audiences ached to believe, and one of Capra's many talents was that he could make it alt seem so...

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