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Year of Release: 1946
Running Time: 2 hrs. 05 min.
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Director: Frank Capra
Screenwriter: Frank Capra , Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett and Jo Swerling
Producers: Frank Capra
Studio: Republic Pictures


It's a Wonderful Life Synopsis


Good guy George Bailey (James Stewart) spends his life putting his desires second to the needs of his family. When an unforeseen financial disaster leaves him considering suicide an angel is sent to show him how the lives of those he cares about would be different had he never lived. This Frank Capra directed classic has become a holiday viewing tradition for many movie lovers, young and old alike.


It's a Wonderful Life Cast


James Stewart - George Bailey
Donna Reed - Mary Bailey
Lionel Barrymore - Mr. Potter
Thomas Mitchell - Uncle Billy
Henry Travers - Clarence
Gloria Grahame - Violet Bick
Ward Bond - Bert



It's a Wonderful Life Awards and Nominations


1947 Academy Awards®

Best Actor - James Stewart (Nom)

Best Director (Nom)

Best Picture (Nom)

Best Editing (Nom)



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It's a Wonderful Life


Clarence ( Henry Travers ):

"Strange isn't. Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole doesn't he?"




What keeps George from taking his trip to Europe??

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