| Jimmy Stewart (George Bailey): Just
remember this, Mr. Potter: that this rabble you're talking about, they do most
of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it
too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms
and a bath?
Jimmy Stewart (George): What do you want, Mary? Do
you want the moon? If you want it, I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it
down for you. Hey! That's a pretty good idea! I'll give you the moon, Mary.
Donna Reed (Mary Hatch Bailey): I'll take it! Then what?
Jimmy Stewart (George): Well, then you can swallow it, and it'll all
dissolve see, and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes
and the ends of your hair... am I talking too much?
(Man on Porch): Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?
Jimmy Stewart (George): You want me to kiss her, huh?
Elliott (Man on Porch): Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people!
Henry Travers (Clarence): One man's life touches so many others,
when he's not there it leaves an awfully big hole.
Stewart (George): Now, come on, get your clothes on, and we'll stroll up to
my car and get... Oh, I'm sorry. I'll stroll. You fly.
(Clarence): I can't fly. I haven't got my wings.
(George): You haven't got your wings. Yeah, that's right
Travers (Clarence): Remember George, No man is a failure who has
Henry Travers (Clarence): You see, George, you really
have had a wonderful life.
|It's a Wonderful Life Trivia
| It's a Wonderful Life won NO major Academy
You might well ask, what beat it? "Best Years of Our Lives" won for
Best Picture, Best Director, William Wyler, and Best Actor, Frederic March.
Did you know?
That It's a Wonderful Life was voted #11 in AFI's 100
Greatest American Movies of All Time?
That Jimmy Stewart was voted #3 Man in
AFI's 50 Greatest American Screen Legends?
That It's a Wonderful Life
was a box office flop? One of the main resaons for the movie's enormous success
is the failure of RKO to renew copyright. Really! Back then, copyright only
lasted for 27 years. So 1946 +27 years brings us to 1973, when the copyright
should have been but wasn't renewed. TV stations quickly noticed this and began
to run the movie, especially at Christmas, which brought the movie to broad
audience, who loved it. No one person has ever stepped up and taken
responsibility for the failure to renew. Wonder why?
composer Dimitri Tiomkin ("Rawhide," "High and the Mighty," "High Noon") was very
annoyed with driector Frank Capra for substitutions to his scoring. Originally
Tiomkin had used Beethovens's "Ode to Joy" from his Ninth Symphony at the end
of the film. Capra replaced it with "Auld Lang Syne." The rift between the two
was so severe that they never worked together again.
Frank Capra and
Jimmy Stewart worked together on three films - It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith
Goes To Washington and You Can't Take It WIth You.
That the 3 block
Bedford Falls Main Street set was built at the RKO Ranch in the San Fernando
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