It's A Wonderful Life (1946) HOME 
I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again  -  James Stewart as George Bailey
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This was James Stewart’s favorite role
“I thought it was the greatest film anybody every made.” [Frank Capra]
'Bedford Falls' (via It's a Wonderful Life) covered four acres at the RKO ranch in Encino, CA.  It included a main street that stretched three city blocks and had 75 stores.

  For most, it’s the ending that gets them.  Who can resist the conspiring of a jubilant family reunion, a reassuring message from above, a township’s outpouring of generosity and the right-of-passage of an angel, not to mention Christmas, all at once?  

   Other sequences with tearful impact are George Bailey’s despondent plea for his life back and the moments right afterwards.  These scenes are reminiscent of Ebenezer Scrooge’s unrestrained joy after the final spirit’s visit, and just as affecting.


  If you’ve half-watched “Wonderful Life” during the hectic holiday season and haven’t seen the film from start to finish, do yourself a favor and discover why Life is one of the most beloved films ever made.  It can inspire hope.

        » Brent Chastain,   

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Bosley Crowther, N.Y. Times

Time Magazine

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Roger Ebert

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James Berardinelli,
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