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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) &
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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 is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins See more »
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Sheer brilliance! See more (731 total) »

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 (as H. B. Warner)

Frank Albertson ... Sam Wainwright
Todd Karns ... Harry Bailey

Samuel S. Hinds ... Pa Bailey

Mary Treen ... Cousin Tilly

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 ... The Bailey Child - Janie (as Carol Coomes)

Karolyn Grimes ... The Bailey Child - Zuzu

Larry Simms ... The Bailey Child - Pete

Jimmy Hawkins ... The 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)
Lynn O'Leary-Jameson ... Infant Janie Bailey (uncredited)

Moroni Olsen ... Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Bill-Poster (uncredited)
Netta Packer ... (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Photographer / Reporter (uncredited)

Suzanne Ridgway ... 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)

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 
William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)
 
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)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • American Film Technologies  colorization: 1989 (uncredited)
  • Colorization  color processing by: colorized VHS (as Colorization Inc. a subsidary of International HRS Industries Inc. & Hal Roach Studios Inc.) (uncredited)
  • I.A.T.S.E  acknowledgement
  • THX Ltd.  digital mastering: 1998 DVD (uncredited)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life" - International (English title) (complete title), UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some violence (2012)
Runtime:
130 min | Spain:118 min (25 fps) (DVD edition)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (colorized) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | 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 | Japan:G (2015) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | Sweden:7 (re-rating) (2009) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating: colourised feature) (2010) | UK:U (re-rating) (re-release) (1997) (2007) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1996) (1998) (2002) (2010) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #11656) (original rating) | USA:PG (certificate #48082) (2012)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The score was issued by Telarc on an album which included music from two other Christmas favorites: Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (Cyril J. Mockridge) and A Christmas Carol (1951) (Richard Addinsell). David Newman conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from Dimitri Tiomkin's reconstructed score.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Mary and George are walking down the street after the dance, she asks him, "Well, why don't you say it?" The next shot George is heard saying, "I don't know. Maybe I will say it," but his mouth is not moving at all.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Trading Christmas (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

FAQ

Can plastic really be made from soybeans?
How does George's non-existence change Bedford Falls in the alternate reality?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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168 out of 203 people found the following review useful.
Sheer brilliance!, 18 April 2000
Author: bradman2000 from Sydney, Australia

After strong performances in films such as "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" and "The Philadelphia Story", James Stewart confirmed his status as one of the greats with his performance as George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life". This movie is, without a doubt, the best of all time.

"It's a Wonderful Life" is a movie that you can watch over and over again. It's movie that makes you think, about life in general and how each person makes a difference, and about how great life can be (hence the title "It's a Wonderful Life). Whilst making you think, it also entertains with many light hearted moments, particularly towards the end of the film.

The direction, sound and casting in "It's a Wonderful Life" are second to none. Yet it is the fact that almost any person can watch this movie and come away feeling inspired that makes it easily the best movie of all time!

A 10/10 without a doubt!

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