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Philip Van Doren Stern (story)
Lionel Chetwynd (written for television by)
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Release Date:
11 December 1977 (USA) See more »
It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Message to Marlo, The Producer, Universal, whomever has the rights to get this back on -- loved it -- on a scale of 1 to 5, a See more (47 total) »


  (in credits order)

Marlo Thomas ... Mary Bailey Hatch

Orson Welles ... Henry F. Potter

Wayne Rogers ... George Hatch

Cloris Leachman ... Clara Oddbody

Barney Martin ... Uncle Willie

Karen Carlson ... Violet

Dick O'Neill ... Mr. Gower

Doris Roberts ... Ma Bailey

Richard Dysart ... Peter Bailey
Cliff Norton ... Martini

Archie Hahn ... Ernie Baker

Christopher Guest ... Harry Bailey

Gino Conforti ... Sassini (as Gene Conforti)

Morgan Upton ... Officer Bert Andrews

Robert Emhardt ... Judge
Ceil Cabot ... Cousin Tillie

Bryan O'Byrne ... Doctor
Rita George ... Helen Bailey
Beans Morocco ... Toll Keeper (as Dan Barrows)
Med Flory ... Nick
James Brodhead ... Bank Examiner (as James E. Brodhead)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Hollander ... Petey Bailey (uncredited)

C. Thomas Howell ... (uncredited)

Jim Lovelett ... Sam Wainwright (uncredited)
Linda Lee Lyons ... Zuzu Hatch (uncredited)
Walter O. Miles ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Lynn Woodlock ... Mary, age 12 (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Wrye 
Writing credits
Philip Van Doren Stern (story "The Greatest Gift")

Lionel Chetwynd (written for television by)

Frances Goodrich  screenplay "It's a Wonderful Life" &
Albert Hackett  screenplay "It's a Wonderful Life" &
Frank Capra  screenplay "It's a Wonderful Life" &
Jo Swerling  screenplay It's a Wonderful Life

Produced by
Carole Hart .... producer
Marlo Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Lawrence 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall  (as Conrad Hall)
Film Editing by
William Martin  (as Bill Martin)
Robbe Roberts 
Production Design by
John J. Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Costume Design by
Joe I. Tompkins 
Makeup Department
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist (as Tom Case)
Lynn Masters .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joel Freeman .... executive in charge of production: Daisy Productions
Jack Stubbs .... unit production manager (as D. Jack Stubbs)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Cook .... first assistant director
Dick Erickson .... second assistant director
Louis Race .... second assistant director (as Lou Race)
Sound Department
Dominick Gaffey .... sound (as Nick Gaffey)
Vince Melandri .... sound effects editor
James Troutman .... sound effects editor (as Jim Troutman)
Special Effects by
Hal Millar .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects (as Albert Whitlock Jr.)
Peter Anderson .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Correll .... additional photographer
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Thomas Del Ruth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Phil Benjamin .... casting: Universal Television
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthea Sylbert .... wardrobe: Ms. Thomas and Ms. Leachman
Music Department
Bettie Biery .... music editor (as Betty Bierey)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dennis Janovici .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
David Holden .... production associate
Edward Nassour .... production associate (as Ed Nassour)

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Additional Details

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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The title is a reference to on It Happened One Night (1934), and this TV movie is a remake of It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Both films were directed by Frank CapraSee more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the townspeople sing Auld Lang Syne in the Baily/Hatch house, there is no attempt to sync the song with their lip movement.See more »


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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Message to Marlo, The Producer, Universal, whomever has the rights to get this back on -- loved it -- on a scale of 1 to 5, a, 30 December 2007
Author: Steve Matrai ( from United States

I don't know if it was because of the time in my life but this movie was so special in my heart. It's a wonderful life might as well been the remake of this. I love, love, loved this movie.. just one question --were did it go, it fell off the face of the earth, I think it came out again maybe 2 years after, then gone for good.

I would love to know why this movie isn't around anymore, never replayed on TV anymore, I don't know what kind of rating it got but if it was a poor rating, that was unjust! I stand behind the many comments you see here. What I would love to see in this order is, at best to at least...

At best: A faithful 1080p (1920x1080) release of this movie in HD with 5.1 sound as a blue-ray or HD-DVD release. I don't know that even the original master, even if it had this resolution has the color quality but if it could look great, it would be extra special.

That it starts to come up on, at least, a cable channel such as, maybe, TBS or USA or even just regular television during the pre-Christmas season or just about any time of the year.

At least: As a standard DVD release.

Please, please somehow bring this back.


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