2021 Movie Draft- Round 4 Pick 10- Hanspostcard selects- Holiday – It’s A Wonderful Life.
MOVIE- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
YEAR -DECEMBER 20, 1946
BUDGET 3.1 MILLION PROFIT 3.3 MILLION
DIRECTED BY FRANK CAPRA
STARRING- JAMES STEWART, DONNA REED, LIONEL BARRYMORE, THOMAS MITCHELL, HENRY TRAVERS.
A movie which is both the great movie director Frank Capra and actor Jimmy Stewart’s favorite movies has to be a pretty good one. It’s A Wonderful Life has always been a movie that gets played around Christmas time due to the movie being set around the Christmas holiday but it is a movie you could watch anytime of the year. I have never thought of it as a Christmas film but as a ‘pick me up ‘ movie in times when I’ve been feeling a little down.
It’s A Wonderful Life came out in 1946- it was based on a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern with a little bit of Dickens A Christmas Carol . Instead of being visited by ghosts though- George Bailey – [James Stewart] is visited by a guardian angel named Clarence [Henry Travers.] George is on the brink of suicide on Christmas Eve. George is 38 years old, all of the dreams he had seem to have gone unfulfilled. He wishes he had never been born. It is the job of Clarence to show George what a big impact he has had in the lives of others and on his home town of Bedford Falls. George had sacrificed his dreams for others. Clarence shows how things would have been if George had his wish- of never being born. He doesn’t like what he sees. I won’t give out any more of the story in case you haven’t seen this- I’d highly recommend it. It would be on my Mount Rushmore of Movies.
It’s A Wonderful Life on initial release- was considered a failure at the box office- and received mixed reviews but it is one of those movies that grew in stature as time has gone on. It was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. In 1946 The Best Years Of Our Lives won four of those five awards that It’s A Wonderful Life was nominated for- and it is a fine film but I think it won because of timing- World War II had just ended and The Best Years Of Our Lives was about three servicemen readjusting to civilian life after coming home from the war.