It’s a Wonderful Life

{4.5/5} “No man is a failure who has friends.”

George has big dreams of getting out of his small town, Bedford Falls. But each time he has a chance to leave, there’s a reason to stay. He gets married and has kids, and runs the savings and loan company that his father started. When his uncle misplaces $8000 George thinks he’s going out of business and considers suicide. An angel appears and shows him what life for the people of Bedford Falls would have been like if George had never been born.

It’s a Wonderful Life was released in 1946.

I didn’t see the beginning this time, but I’ve seen it before — this is probably the third or fourth time.

It’s in black and white, but don’t let that stop you from watching it.

Jimmy Stewart will convince you of the changes his character goes through over the years.

It might not be particularly subtle, but it’s a wonderful movie.

James Stewart (Harvey) plays George and Donna Reed (the TV show Dallas) plays Mary. Lionel Barrymore (You Can’t Take It With You) plays Mr. Potter.

The movie was directed by Frank Capra (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington).

The movie’s premise has been copied a few times, notably in the final episode of Dallas — in which J.R. sees what life would have been like if he hadn’t been born.

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