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It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life(1946)

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Brief Synopsis

George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrficed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls is he had never lived.

Cast & Crew

Frank Capra Director
James Stewart George Bailey
Donna Reed Mary Hatch [Bailey]
Lionel Barrymore Mr. Potter
Thomas Mitchell Uncle Billy
Henry Travers Clarence [Oddbody]
Beulah Bondi Mrs. Bailey
Gloria Grahame Violet [Bick]
H. B. Warner Mr. Gower
Todd Karns Harry Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds Pa Bailey

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 20 Dec 1946
Release Date:  1946 Production Date:  none available
my copy 2/90
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Mono (RCA Sound System) Production Co:  Liberty Films, Inc.
Duration(mins):  120, 129 or 132 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • Tiresome, Toxic, Terrifying...White Male Privilege

    frank r. lopez 2019-07-21

    ....yep, that's what contemporary (flatulent) film scholars (blowhards), including some reviewers here, tell us what this film is today. Classic film... MORE>

  • It's a wonderful Life

    linda 2018-12-18

    Why doesn't TCM play It's a Wonderful Life at Christmas?It's the epitome of Christmas movies, you have not shown it for several years. Is... MORE>

  • Wonderful Movie

    J. May 2018-05-19

    Whenever I discuss this movie with others I get varied reactions. Some think it's good, some think it's depressing, others like me recognize its... MORE>