Frank Capra's It's a wonderful life

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This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children are insufficient when George, faced with an $8000 shortage in his books, becomes a likely candidate for prison thanks to the vengeful Potter. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. After a nightmarish odyssey through a George Bailey-less Bedford Falls (now a glorified slum called Potterville), wherein none of his friends or family recognize him, George is made to realize how many lives he has touched, and helped, through his existence; and, just as Clarence had planned, George awakens to the fact that, despite all its deprivations, he has truly had a wonderful life. Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films, It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run, when it was percieved as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmastime TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Grouping Titlefrank capra s it s a wonderful life
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auth_author2Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954,
Biroc, Joseph, 1903-1996,
Bond, Ward, 1903-1960,
Bondi, Beulah, 1892-1981,
Capra, Frank, 1897-1991,
Faylen, Frank, 1905-1985,
Goodrich, Frances,
Grahame, Gloria,
Hackett, Albert,
Hornbeck, William, 1901-1983,
Mitchell, Thomas, 1892-1962,
Reed, Donna, 1921-1986,
Stern, Philip Van Doren, 1900-1984.
Stewart, James, 1908-1997,
Swerling, Jo, 1897-1964,
Tiomkin, Dimitri, 1894-1979,
Travers, Henry, 1874-1965,
Walker, Joseph B.,
Warner, H. B. 1876-1958,
author2-roleBarrymore, Lionel,1878-1954,actor.
Biroc, Joseph,1903-1996,director of photography.
Bond, Ward,1903-1960,actor.
Bondi, Beulah,1892-1981,actor.
Capra, Frank,1897-1991,film director,film producer,screenwriter,director,producer.
Capra, Frank,1897-1991,producer,director,screenwriter.
Faylen, Frank,1905-1985,actor.
Goodrich, Frances,screenwriter.
Grahame, Gloria,actor.
Hackett, Albert,screenwriter.
Hornbeck, William,1901-1983,editor of moving image work.
Liberty Films.
Mitchell, Thomas,1892-1962,actor.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
RKO Radio Pictures.
Reed, Donna,1921-1986,actor.
Stern, Philip Van Doren,1900-1984.Greatest gift.
Stewart, James,1908-1997,actor.
Swerling, Jo,1897-1964,screenwriter.
Tiomkin, Dimitri,1894-1979,composer.
Travers, Henry,1874-1965,actor.
Walker, Joseph B.,director of photography.
Warner, H. B.1876-1958,actor.
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display_descriptionGeorge Bailey is not having a good day. His life in the sleepy little town of Bedford Falls has been thrown off track, perhaps never to recover. His business has failed, he's wanted by the police, and he's had a fight with his beloved wife Mary. On this disastrous day, his responsibilities and frustrations overwhelm him, leading him to a bridge and serious contemplation of suicide. It's up to an angel named Clarence to convince George that his life has been one of worth and that it's still worth living. After taking a long look at George's life, the angel offers a portrait of what life in Bedford Falls would be like if George had never been born. This classic, sentimental favorite has become a Christmas tradition.
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title_displayFrank Capra's It's a wonderful life
title_fullFrank Capra's It's a wonderful life / Liberty Films presents ; screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra ; produced and directed by Frank Capra
Frank Capra's It's a wonderful life [videorecording] / Paramount ; Liberty Films presents an RKO Radio Release ; screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Frank Capra ; additional scenes by Jo Swerling ; produced and directed by Frank Capra
title_shortFrank Capra's It's a wonderful life
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