Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition)

#11 (1998) and #20 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 Movies list

It's a Wonderful Life is an American Christmas drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, that was based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", written by Philip Van Doren Stern.

Released in 1946, the film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born.

Despite initially being considered a box office flop due to high production costs and stiff competition at the time of its release, the film has come to be regarded as a classic and is a staple of Christmas television around the world. Theatrically, the film's break-even point was actually $6.3 million, approximately twice the production cost, a figure it never came close to achieving in its initial release. An appraisal in 2006 reported: "Although it was not the complete box-office failure that today everyone believes ... it was initially a major disappointment and confirmed, at least to the studios, that Capra was no longer capable of turning out the populist features that made his films the must-see, money-making events they once were."

It's a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Oscars without winning any, although the film has since been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, and placed number one on its list of the most inspirational American films of all time.

# James Stewart as George Bailey
# Donna Reed as Mary Hatch Bailey
# Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Henry F. Potter
# Thomas Mitchell as Uncle Billy Bailey
# Henry Travers as Clarence Odbody
# Beulah Bondi as Ma Bailey
# Frank Faylen as Ernie Bishop
# Ward Bond as Bert, the cop
# Gloria Grahame as Violet Bick
# H. B. Warner as Mr. Gower
# Todd Karns as Harry Bailey
# Samuel S. Hinds as Peter "Pop" Bailey
# Lillian Randolph as Annie
# Mary Treen as Cousin Tilly
# Frank Albertson as Sam Wainwright
# Virginia Patton as Ruth Dakin Bailey
# Charles Williams as Cousin Eustace
# Sarah Edwards as Mrs. Hatch
# William Edmunds as Giuseppe Martini
# Argentina Brunetti as Mrs. Martini
# Bobby Anderson as Little George Bailey
# Ronnie Ralph as Little Sam Wainwright
# Jean Gale as Little Mary Hatch
# Jeanine Ann Roose as Little Violet Bick
# George Nokes as Little Harry Bailey
# Danny Mummert as Little Marty Hatch
# Sheldon Leonard as Nick, the bartender
# Charles Lane as The rent collector
# Jimmy Hawkins as Tommy Bailey
# Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu Bailey
# Larry Simms as Pete Bailey
# Carol Coomes (AKA Carol Coombs) as Janie Bailey
# Charles Halton as Carter, bank examiner (uncredited)
# Joseph Kearns as Angel Joseph (voice, uncredited)
# Evelyn Moriarty as Girl in the bar (uncredited)
# Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as Freddie (Mary's annoying high school suitor)
# Max Wagner as Cashier/Bouncer at Nick's Bar
# Tom Fadden as Bridge Caretaker (uncredited)
# Stanley Andrews as Mr. Welch (uncredited)
# Adriana Caselotti as the singer in Martini's Bar (uncredited

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