Monday, April 2, 2012

American Madness

American Madness
Released Date: August 15, 1932
Director: Frank Capra
Actors: Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson, Constance Cummings, and Gavin Gordon

     This film is based around the Great Depression. Which made everything in America go haywire. Including, and most involved were the banks. The movie is about a man named Tom Dickson (Walter Huston), he is the head of a bank, Union National. He has the head of the Union Bank, and he wants to be in charge, but most importantly he wants to stay in charge. Board of directors make a little visit one day and tell them that they think he is not the right guy for the job. And to make things worse, Mr. Dickson's wife (Kay Johnson) feels that her husband is more married to the bank. That same night the board gave Mr. Dickson what for, the bank gets robbed. Now it is up to Tom to clear the bank of any issues, to keep his clients feeling safe from the robbery by making sure they understand that all of their money is still safe. But to make matters worse, Tom finds out that his wife ALMOST has an affair. Watch this crazy fast movie come to an end, and see how everything unfolds.

     The movie is only one hour and fifteen minutes. One very fast, movie with a lot of action in it. Walter Huston who plays the lead in the movie was on loan from MGM, and was only to work four weeks and six days on the production. Frank Capra made sure that the movie got done in that amount of time. Almost all of Frank Capra films are feel good movies that end making you smile. They also make you feel good about yourself and that is one reason why I love watching his movies so much. My absolute favorite by him is It's A Wonderful Life. And this comes in second.

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