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It's a Wonderful Life
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Cast
James Stewart as George Bailey
Donna Reed as Mary Hatch Bailey
Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Potter
Thomas Mitchell (I) as Uncle William 'Billy' Bailey
Henry Travers as Clarence Oddbody
Beulah Bondi as Ma Bailey
Frank Faylen as Ernie Bishop (taxi driver)
Ward Bond as Officer Bert
Gloria Grahame as Violet Bick
H.B. Warner as Mr. Gower (the druggist)
Frank Albertson as Sam Wainwright
Todd Karns as Harry Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds as Peter Bailey (Pa)
Mary Treen as Cousin Tilly
Virginia Patton as Ruth Dakin Bailey
Larry Simms as Peter Bailey
Jimmy Hawkins as Tommy Bailey
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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?

Dick Elliott (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?
Dick 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.

Jimmy 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.
Henry Travers (Clarence): I can't fly. I haven't got my wings.
Jimmy Stewart (George): You haven't got your wings. Yeah, that's right

Henry Travers (Clarence): Remember George, No man is a failure who has friends.

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 Awards:
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?

That famous 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 Valley?


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