It’s a Wonderful Life

A holiday favourite for generations… George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George’s modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business’s $8,000 is lost and George’s troubles begin.
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Film Cast:

  • George Bailey: James Stewart
  • Mary Hatch: Donna Reed
  • Mr. Potter: Lionel Barrymore
  • Uncle Billy: Thomas Mitchell
  • Clarence: Henry Travers
  • Mrs. Bailey: Beulah Bondi
  • Ernie: Frank Faylen
  • Bert: Ward Bond
  • Violet: Gloria Grahame
  • Mr. Gower: H.B. Warner
  • Sam Wainwright: Frank Albertson
  • Harry Bailey: Todd Karns
  • Pa Bailey: Samuel S. Hinds
  • Cousin Tilly: Mary Treen
  • Ruth Dakin: Virginia Patton
  • Cousin Eustace: Charles Williams
  • Mrs. Hatch: Sarah Edwards
  • Mr. Martini: William Edmunds
  • Annie: Lillian Randolph
  • Mrs. Martini: Argentina Brunetti
  • Little George: Robert J. Anderson
  • Little Sam: Ronnie Ralph
  • Little Mary: Jean Gale
  • Little Violet: Jeanine Ann Roose
  • Little Marty Hatch: Danny Mummert
  • Little Harry Bailey: Georgie Nokes
  • Nick: Sheldon Leonard
  • Potter’s Bodyguard: Frank Hagney
  • Joe (Luggage Shop): Ray Walker
  • Real Estate Salesman: Charles Lane
  • Tom (Bldg. & Loan): Edward Keane
  • The Bailey Child – Janie: Carol Coombs
  • The Bailey Child – Zuzu: Karolyn Grimes
  • The Bailey Child – Pete: Larry Simms
  • The Bailey Child – Tommy: Jimmy Hawkins
  • Townswoman (uncredited): Jean Acker
  • Ed (uncredited): Ernie Adams
  • Elderly Woman (uncredited): Monya Andre
  • Mr. Welch (uncredited): Stanley Andrews
  • Nervous Banker (uncredited): Sam Ash
  • One of Vi’s Suitors (uncredited): Jack Bailey
  • Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited): Louise Bates
  • Townswoman (uncredited): Mary Bayless
  • Young Girl (uncredited): Beth Belden
  • Military Officer in Montage (uncredited): Brooks Benedict
  • Townsman (uncredited): Joseph E. Bernard
  • Sheriff (uncredited): Al Bridge
  • Young Boy (uncredited): Buz Buckley
  • Jane Wainwright (uncredited): Marian Carr
  • Singer at Martini’s (uncredited): Adriana Caselotti
  • Policeman (uncredited): Lane Chandler
  • Young George’s Friend (uncredited): Michael Chapin
  • Townsman (uncredited): Tom Chatterton
  • Cop Arresting Violet (uncredited): Jack Cheatham
  • Dr. Campbell (uncredited): Harry Cheshire
  • Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited): Edward Clark
  • Building & Loan Customer (uncredited): Tom Coleman
  • Ms. Davis (uncredited): Ellen Corby
  • Elderly Woman (uncredited): Bryn Davis
  • High School Teacher at Poolside (uncredited): Lew Davis
  • (uncredited): Harry Denny
  • Woman at Graduation Dance (uncredited): Helen Dickson
  • Man on Porch (uncredited): Dick Elliott
  • Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited): Tom Fadden
  • Violet’s Boyfriend (uncredited): Frank Fenton
  • Horace (uncredited): Eddie Fetherston
  • Relieved Banker in Potter’s Office (uncredited): Sam Flint
  • (uncredited): Lee Frederick
  • Photographer with Sheriff (uncredited): Dick Gordon
  • Bar Patron (uncredited): Jack Gordon
  • Townsman (uncredited): Herschel Graham
  • Elderly Man (voice) (uncredited): Joseph Granby
  • Carter (uncredited): Charles Halton
  • (uncredited): Carl Eric Hansen
  • Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited): Herbert Heywood
  • Mr. Partridge (uncredited): Harry Holman
  • Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited): Art Howard
  • Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited): Bert Howard
  • Mr. Randall (uncredited): Arthur Stuart Hull
  • Man in Fantasy (uncredited): John Indrisano
  • Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited): Eddie Kane
  • Townsman (uncredited): Carl Kent
  • Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited): Milton Kibbee
  • Townswoman (uncredited): Effie Laird
  • Building & Loan Customer (uncredited): Mike Lally
  • Marty Hatch (uncredited): Harold Landon
  • Pianist in Nick’s Place (uncredited): Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis
  • Bar Patron (uncredited): Jack Lomas
  • Man Whose Grandfather Planted Tree (uncredited): J. Farrell MacDonald
  • Townswoman (uncredited): Irene Mack
  • Building & Loan Customer (uncredited): Wilbur Mack
  • Elderly Man (uncredited): Charles Meakin
  • Student in Gym (uncredited): Priscilla Montgomery
  • Man with Sheriff (uncredited): Bert Moorhouse
  • Bar Patron (uncredited): Evelyn Moriarty
  • Building & Loan Customer (uncredited): Philip Morris
  • School Dancer (uncredited): George Noisom
  • Bar Patron (uncredited): Bob O’Connor
  • Military Officer in Montage (uncredited): Frank O’Connor
  • Infant Janie Bailey (uncredited): Lynn O’Leary-Jameson
  • Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited): Moroni Olsen
  • Bill-Poster (uncredited): Garry Owen
  • Elderly Woman (uncredited): Netta Packer
  • Photographer / Reporter (uncredited): Franklin Parker
  • Nick’s Waitress (uncredited): Suzanne Ridgeway
  • Mickey (uncredited): Mark Roberts
  • Bar Patron (uncredited): Constantine Romanoff
  • Nick’s Bouncer (uncredited): Cy Schindell
  • Potter’s Secretary (uncredited): Almira Sessions
  • Townsman (uncredited): Cedric Stevens
  • Man in Fantasy (uncredited): Brick Sullivan
  • Nick’s Bartender (uncredited): Charles Sullivan
  • Freddie Othello (uncredited): Carl Switzer
  • Cashier / Nick’s Assistant Bouncer (uncredited): Max Wagner
  • Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited): Larry Wheat
  • Charlie (uncredited): Charles C. Wilson

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Frank Capra
  • Original Music Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin
  • Makeup Artist: Gordon Bau
  • Sound: Clem Portman
  • Special Effects: Russell A. Cully
  • Art Direction: William Cameron Menzies
  • Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
  • Additional Writing: Michael Wilson
  • Set Decoration: Emile Kuri
  • Original Story: Philip Van Doren Stern
  • Director of Photography: Joseph Walker
  • Editor: William Hornbeck
  • Art Direction: Jack Okey
  • Screenplay: Frances Goodrich
  • Screenplay: Albert Hackett
  • Additional Writing: Jo Swerling
  • Stunts: Lila Finn
  • Sound: Richard Van Hessen
  • Assistant Director: Arthur S. Black Jr.
  • Special Effects: Daniel Hays
  • Orchestrator: Paul Marquardt
  • Still Photographer: Phil Stern
  • Sound: John Aalberg
  • Special Effects Supervisor: Russell Shearman
  • Gaffer: Homer Plannette

Movie Reviews:

  • barrymost: It’s practically an American tradition to watch this film with family at Christmas time each year. I just saw it for the first time myself a couple weeks before last Christmas, and I loved it. It’s an uplifting, inspiring, dramatic, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story, with a cast that probably couldn’t be improved upon if you tried. And, of course, it’s directed by the superb Frank Capra, whose work I greatly admire. James Stewart gives a raw, totally honest performance, as the unforgettable George Bailey, who on Christmas Eve is shown exactly why the world, or at least Bedford Falls, can’t do without him. And, there is my favorite line in the whole movie, out of so many memorable quotes, delivered perfectly by Lionel Barrymore, as the evil Mr. Potter: “And a happy new year to you. In jail!”
  • Peter McGinn: Oh my goodness, I am not going to spend much time describing this gold standard of Christmas movies. If you have seen it, you know what it is. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this and watch it now. It is funny, tense, sentimental, romantic and downright Capra-esque.

    I have liked Jimmy Stewart in everything I have seen him in. Was he that good, or did the camera just plain love him, like I heard said once about Steve McQueen. But it doesn’t stop there. If you notice the ensemble cast, you see represented some of the finest character actors out there. Between them it’s seems like we have seen one of them in every great classic movie.

    I don’t watch this every year any more – there is just too much to see out there this time of year. But I watch it every two or three years and besides, if I have some time to spare, I can practically review every scene in order in my mind. It is part of my Christmas consciousness. Wait, are you still reading this?

  • r96sk: Lovely film.

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is enjoyable, hearty and well crafted. It takes longer than I would’ve predicted to get to ‘the event’, but it’s very much worth seeing the journey that comes before – as we see the arc of James Stewart’s George. It all crescendos with an ending that you can’t help but smile at.

    Stewart is excellent in the lead role, you really do see every single emotion that his character goes through. He is, by far, the standout performer, but there are of course good performances from the likes of Donna Reed (Mary), Lionel Barrymore (Henry) and Henry Travers (Clarence).

    I did notice a few weird cuts in there, not that I hold that against it or did it affect my enjoyment – it’s just noticeable. I see, via other reviewers, that there’s a colour version – Channel 4 showed the black-and-white version over here in the UK. I can’t say I felt the need for colour, which is always a good sign.

    Wholesome. Not that it, evidently given the average rating, needs to be said by someone like me, but: I’d certainly recommend this.

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