Following a year-long restoration project, the NFSA presents a film once thought lost to Hollywood mythology. In Three Days to Live Frank Capra is credited as Editor and Titles, two very creative roles. It is also thought, according to biographer Jim McBride, that Capra was assistant director.
The film is a mystery set across San Francisco’s share market and India, where a shadowy investor is forcing people into bankruptcy. When Grace (Ora Carew) realises her father is being targeted, she seeks police protection but takes events into her own hands. Also starring Helen Howell, who would later become Capra’s wife.
The restoration is from the NFSA Restores program to digitise and restore classic films, so they can be seen in today’s digital cinemas.