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It's a Wonderful Life -- An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.
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Director:
Writers:
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) &
Albert Hackett (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 January 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Frank Capra's..."It's a Wonderful Life". See more »
Plot:
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... George Bailey

Donna Reed ... Mary Hatch

Lionel Barrymore ... Mr. Potter

Thomas Mitchell ... Uncle Billy

Henry Travers ... Clarence

Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Bailey

Frank Faylen ... Ernie

Ward Bond ... Bert

Gloria Grahame ... Violet

H.B. Warner ... Mr. Gower
Todd Karns ... Harry Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds ... Pa Bailey
Mary Treen ... Cousin Tilly

Frank Albertson ... Sam Wainwright
Virginia Patton ... Ruth Dakin
Charles Williams ... Cousin Eustace
Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Hatch (as Sara Edwards)
William Edmunds ... Mr. Martini (as Bill Edmunds)
Lillian Randolph ... Annie

Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Martini
Robert J. Anderson ... Little George (as Bobbie Anderson)
Ronnie Ralph ... Little Sam
Jean Gale ... Little Mary
Jeanine Ann Roose ... Little Violet
Danny Mummert ... Little Marty Hatch
Georgie Nokes ... Little Harry Bailey

Sheldon Leonard ... Nick
Frank Hagney ... Potter's Bodyguard
Ray Walker ... Joe - Luggage Shop

Charles Lane ... Real Estate Salesman (as Charlie Lane)
Edward Keane ... Tom - Bldg. & Loan (as Edward Kean)
Carol Coombs ... Bailey Child - Janie (as Carol Coomes)
Karolyn Grimes ... Bailey Child - Zuzu
Larry Simms ... Bailey Child - Pete

Jimmy Hawkins ... Bailey Child - Tommy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ernie Adams ... Ed (uncredited)
Monya Andre ... (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Mr. Welch (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Nervous Banker (uncredited)
Jack Bailey ... One of Vi's Suitors (uncredited)
Mary Bayless ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Beth Belden ... (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Townsman (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Buz Buckley ... (uncredited)
Marian Carr ... Jane Wainwright (uncredited)

Adriana Caselotti ... Singer at Martini's (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... (uncredited)

Michael Chapin ... Young George's Friend (uncredited)
Tom Chatterton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Cop Arresting Violet (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire ... Dr. Campbell (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Ms. Davis (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow ... Crow in Bank (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ... (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... High School Teacher at Poolside (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Woman at Graduation Dance (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Man on Porch (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited)
Frank Fenton ... Violet's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Horace (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Relieved Banker in Potter's Office (uncredited)
Lee Frederick ... (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Photographer with Sheriff (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... (uncredited)
Joseph Granby ... (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Halton ... Carter (uncredited)
Carl Eric Hansen ... (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Mr. Partridge (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Bert Howard ... Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Mr. Randall (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
Carl Kent ... (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Effie Laird ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Harold Landon ... Marty Hatch (uncredited)
Meade 'Lux' Lewis ... Pianist in Nick's Place (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Man Whose Grandfather Planted Tree (uncredited)
Irene Mack ... (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Building and Loan Customer (uncredited)
Charles Meakin ... (uncredited)
Priscilla Montgomery ... Student in Gym (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Man with Sheriff (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
George Noisom ... School Dancer (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Bill-Poster (uncredited)
Netta Packer ... (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Photographer / Reporter (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Nick's Waitress (uncredited)
Mark Roberts ... Mickey (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Nick's Bouncer (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Potter's Secretary (uncredited)
Cedric Stevens ... (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Nick's Bartender (uncredited)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Freddie Othello (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Cashier / Nick's Assistant Bouncer (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Charlie (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) &
Albert Hackett (screenplay) and
Frank Capra (screenplay)

Jo Swerling (additional scenes)

Philip Van Doren Stern (story)

Michael Wilson  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (musical score written by)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
Victor Milner (director of photography) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Richard Van Hessen .... sound
John Aalberg .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special photographic effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Russell Shearman .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lila Finn .... stunt double: Donna Reed (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator (uncredited)
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... director: musical score
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Nathan Scott .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dave Torbett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life" - International (English title) (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some violence (re-rating) (2012)
Runtime:
130 min | Spain:118 min (25 fps) (DVD edition)
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Color:
Color (colorized) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-7 (2013) (TV rating) | Finland:S (1990) | Finland:K-16 (1946) | Germany:6 | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #11656) | USA:PG (re-rating) (2012)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film has two lines of "secret dialog" - spoken quietly through a door. (They can be heard when amplifying the volume, and are also explicitly depicted in the closed-captioning.) The lines occur at the end of the scene set in Bailey's private office with Bailey and his son George, and Potter and his goon present. After George raves to Potter that "you can't say that about my father", he is ushered out of the room by his father, then George is shown standing outside the office door. At that moment, George overhears the following two lines of dialog through the glass pane of the door behind him: POTTER: What's the answer? BAILEY: Potter, you just humiliated me in front of my son.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: George's pipe disappears when talking to Violet in his office.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mr. Emil Gower:I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father.
Giuseppe Martini:Joseph, Jesus and Mary. Help my friend, Mr. Bailey.
Ma Bailey:Help my son, George, tonight.
Bert:He never thinks about himself, God, that's why he's in trouble.
Ernie Bishop:George is a good guy. Give him a break, God.
Mary:I love him, dear Lord. Watch over him tonight.
Janie Bailey:Please, God, something's the matter with Daddy.
Zuzu Bailey:Please bring Daddy back.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

How exactly did George's non-existence cause Mary's eyesight to worsen?
What is 'It's a Wonderful Life' about?
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254 out of 273 people found the following review useful.
Who are you, really?, 27 January 2007
Author: JFHunt from Manhattan

Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like It's A Wonderful Life.

Does it take me back to that place in my heart, that makes me long for everything that once was great and it could be again? Does it remind me of my childhood, Christmas in my home? No. Maybe it's just simply what I always wanted from life and every man I want to be.

Everything about this film is well for lack of better words, perfect. No question to it any longer, the best performance by an actor I have ever seen. It's more than just beautiful, timeless or fair. All of Stewart is revealed. Everything coming together for Capra. Lionel Barrymore at his best, which seems to be his worst.

Sometimes I think there is a reason why somethings happen. And I'm pretty sure there is some magical reason why this film was made. I'm 27 years old and saw it for the first time Christmas Eve of this year. I've watched it 3 times since. The only movie to ever make me cry. I probably wouldn't have all the answers for you, if you asked me why. I'm still trying to figure Stewart out and just how beautiful was Reed.

What can I say? This movie is a life changing experience.

Makes me feel good to be alive. What a wonderful little world it is. And if I waited my entire life, it would not be a waste of time.

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