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Frank Capra

It goes without saying that Capra is one of the greatest and most beloved directors of all time, especially renowned for his madcap romantic comedies. He is one of the few directors who ever managed to balance whimsy with meaningfulness without loosing the ability to entertain.

Only Frank Capra, with his light hand and good sense of allowing the actors to be their roles, could carry off this tale of a naive average American used by an unscrupulous politician through a nationwide goodwill drive. No one was ever better at having strong yet vulnerable women not only aid, but often come to the rescue, of the leading man.

Frank Capra's final film is a hilarious translation of a Damon Runyon tale set in 1930s New York, as gangster Glenn Ford repays street peddler Bette Davis for her "good luck" apples by passing her off as a well-to-do society lady for her visiting daughter (Ann-Margret in her film debut). This excellent and thoroughly enjoyable remake of his own 1933 "Lady for a Day" is a beautiful swan song to a master storyteller. Widescreen!

In this black comedy about two sweet old ladies whose basement holds a murderously funny secret, Capra utilizes star Cary Grant to his zany, patented “double take” best. Capra’s brilliance in comic casting is demonstrated with such reliable character actors as Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre and Jack Carson who manage to play their parts to the hilt without chewing up the scenery.

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"Star Trek: Enterprise" Travels Back in Time

By ChrisFaile

October 5th, 2003

Earlier this week, MediaWeek’s Mark Berman joked that it’s “too bad Scott Bakula can't leap back into an older - and better - edition of “Star Trek.”” Well, at least producers are trying in part to acquiese the trade writer. In the eleventh episode of the new season, “Star Trek: Enterprise” is boldly going…back in time. Detroit, circa 2004, to be exact.

According to official casting documents obtained by, producers for the UPN series are looking to cast a villain for an episode entitled “Carpenter Street,” which will film between October 10 through 20.

According to these documents, which are used by actor’s agents to match up their clientele with roles currently up for audition, the series is seeking a star name for “a villain,” a role described as being between the wide-set ages of 25 and 40. This as-yet-unnamed guest star serves as the impetus for bringing the fleet’s lead characters back to the Motor City. He is described as “slimy, contemporary, and urban petty criminal.”

According to TrekWeb, the episodes focuses on “a Xindi agent in Detroit must be stopped from funneling unsuspecting people to their deaths, using a blood bank as a cover.” According to the news item there, Archer and T'Pol must travel back in time to stop him. It is unknown at this time how the “unnamed villain” above plays into this plot.

While in scenic Detroit, the series’ stars will encounter a pair of prostitutes, a panhandler, police officers and an impoverished and wheelchair-bound middle-aged man named “Strode.”

Last Wednesday’s episode of the series came in sixth among the major broadcast networks (out of six), drawing 4.52 million viewers.

The Scorecard
Producers: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Director: Mike Vejar
Casting Directors: Junie Lowry Johnson and Ron Surma
Shoot dates: 10/10-10/20
Location: Los Angeles
Production Company: Paramount
Network: UPN