History Film / ItsAWonderfulLife

16th Jan '17 7:43:37 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->'''Clarence''': Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and drowned at the age of nine.\\

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-->'''Clarence''': --->'''Clarence''': Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and drowned at the age of nine.\\
3rd Jan '17 6:10:51 PM HamburgerTime
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* AdaptionInducedPlotHole: The source story, ''The Greatest Gift'' by Philip Van Doren Stern, was written 1939-1943, and the bank (not S&L) in that story failed 'a good ten years ago.' The end of the movie (when the bank run is depicted) is set just post-WW2 (the movie came out in 1946). However, in 1934 the FDIC and FSLIC were formed, which insured depositor's funds; bank runs basically didn't happen after that. At very least, an intelligent S&L manager would have mentioned the FSLIC insurance to calm depositors.
3rd Jan '17 9:50:37 AM cryptoengineer
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* AdaptionInducedPlotHole: The source story, ''The Greatest Gift'' by Philip Van Doren Stern, was written 1939-1943, and the bank (not S&L) in that story failed 'a good ten years ago.' The end of the movie (when the bank run is depicted) is set just post-WW2 (the movie came out in 1946). However, in 1934 the FDIC and FSLIC were formed, which insured depositor's funds; bank runs basically didn't happen after that. At very least, an intelligent S&L manager would have mentioned the FSLIC insurance to calm depositors.
3rd Jan '17 3:15:10 AM axle-k89
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* DrivesLikeCrazy: George after leaving Martini's, before contemplating suicide, resulting in him driving into a tree. Justified because [[DrowningMySorrows he was drunk]].



* HelYesMoment: George has a big one, accompanied by a joyous laugh, when Bert points out his mouth is bleeding and his car is crashed into a tree, because he knows now that he's back in the real world.



* LastNameBasis: Potter is always referred to by his surname or as "Mr Potter". Joseph reveals when we first see him that his full name is Henry F. Potter, and his full name is seen on the door of his office a few times.



* LickedByTheDog: An overjoyed George at the end, rushing through Bedford Falls, bangs on Potter's window and yells through it, "Merry Christmas, Mr Potter!" Potter replies with a sarcastic "Happy New Year to you, in jail! Go on home, they're waiting for you!" and a final "Huh!" after George runs off homeward.



* ManlyTears: Jimmy Stewart, everybody. The tears were real. Jimmy Stewart got so into the moment that he genuinely started crying while reciting the lines of the prayer. Frank Capra asked him to do it over so he could zoom the camera in and Stewart couldn't duplicate it. So the scene isn't a camera zoom, it's hours of painstaking work to take a small part of the original footage and enlarge it bit-by-bit.

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* ManlyTears: ManlyTears:
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Jimmy Stewart, everybody. The tears were real. Jimmy Stewart got so into the moment that he genuinely started crying while reciting the lines of the prayer. Frank Capra asked him to do it over so he could zoom the camera in and Stewart couldn't duplicate it. So the scene isn't a camera zoom, it's hours of painstaking work to take a small part of the original footage and enlarge it bit-by-bit.bit-by-bit.
** George again at the end of the Pottersville sequence as he begs to be given his life back.


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* OhCrap: A lot of them, mainly from George.
** Harry at the beginning when he breaks through the ice while sledding.
** George when he realizes Gower, drunk and grief-stricken by the death of his son, has poisoned the capsules by accident.
** George and Mary have a moment of this at the dance just before they fall over the edge of the floor into the pool.
** George when he realizes that unless he takes over running the Building & Loan, Potter will take charge of it.
** Uncle Billy when he realizes he has lost the Building and Loan money he was going to deposit. George too when he finds out, knowing it will result in police charges against him.
** Mary when she realizes why George is so angry after he comes home and snaps at the kids.
** George in the Pottersville sequence when he sees the WretchedHive the town has become.
** George in Pottersville when he sees his house is a derelict, empty old shell like it was before he moved in.
** George when Mary doesn't recognize him and he starts yelling for Clarence as the crowd mobs him.


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* SayMyName:
** George screams Clarence's name numerous times at the end of the Pottersville sequence, before Bert shows up, as he's fleeing from Bert, and when he gets to the bridge to beg for his old life back.
** George yells Mary's name a few times after he returns to the real world as he joyously runs home.
26th Dec '16 4:13:35 PM Puterboy1
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the short story that the movie is based on, Mr. Potter is only the [[TheGhost unseen]] owner of a photography studio and doesn't have any conflict with George.

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* AdaptationExpansion: Subverted. The first half of ''It's a Wonderful Life'' is almost an entirely original story, while the second half (the final Christmas scenes) are adapted from ''The Greatest Gift'' by Philip Van Doren Stern.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In "The Greatest Gift", the short story that the movie is based on, Mr. Potter is only the [[TheGhost unseen]] owner of a photography studio and doesn't have any conflict with George.
24th Dec '16 9:47:09 PM Luigifan
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* BeingGoodSucks: Pretty much a fact of George's life for the first bit of the movie. He probably has it in him to live the exciting life he wants - if he weren't such a stand-up guy as to keep putting it off to help everyone around him (and, even when that isn't going on, life likes to give him a sharp poke in the side). All that goodwill comes back around in the end though.

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* BeingGoodSucks: Pretty much a fact of George's life for the first bit of the movie. He probably has it in him to live the exciting life he wants - -- if he weren't such a stand-up guy as to keep putting it off to help everyone around him (and, even when that isn't going on, life likes to give him a sharp poke in the side). All that goodwill comes back around in the end though.



* BizarroUniverse: Pottersville
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: George is a kind, selfless man while Mr. Potter is a heartless business owner who wants to run the town.

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** Also, there was a cut addition to the ending where Clarence gave Mr. Potter a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that gave him a heart attack.
* BizarroUniverse: Pottersville
Pottersville.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: George is a kind, selfless man man, while Mr. Potter is a heartless business owner who wants to run the town.



** Kind of a dark one (though YMMV in regards to ''how'' dark). George at one point asks Mary what she'd be if they weren't together. She jokingly replies "an old maid" and it's quickly forgotten. Come the AlternateTimeline though...

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** Kind of a dark one (though YMMV in regards to ''how'' dark). George at one point asks Mary what she'd be if they weren't together. She jokingly replies "an old maid" and it's quickly forgotten. Come the AlternateTimeline AlternateTimeline, though...



* ChristmasMiracle: However 90% of the movie is a story about George's life and takes place at some point other than Christmas. It's also just a coincidence that the event that would push George over the edge, Uncle Billy losing the $8000, happens on Christmas Eve. It could've happened any other day of the year and we'd have had the exact same story.

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* ChristmasMiracle: However However, 90% of the movie is a story about George's life and takes place at some point other than Christmas. It's also just a coincidence that the event that would push George over the edge, Uncle Billy losing the $8000, happens on Christmas Eve. It could've happened any other day of the year and we'd have had the exact same story.



* CrapsackWorld: Pottersville, at least from Capra's wholesome, conservative Catholic perspective. The main part of town is a swinging place packed with bars, dance halls, strip clubs and gambling dens blasting jazz music. (Just in case you might think that actually sounds pretty awesome, the rest of the town is a depressing, dreary slum full of abandoned houses, where the people George knows are all miserable. George spends most of the Pottersville sequence trying to find the last friend he saw, bar owner Martini. A deleted scene exists in which George finds Martini's grave near Harry's, as Clarence explains that Martini and his family died in a fire because they couldn't move out of Potter's slums.)
* CreatorProvincialism: At the start of the film Saint Joseph observes that George is due to kill himself "at exactly 10:45 ''Earth time''". Apparently even ''God'' thinks America (specifically upstate New York) is the epicenter of the Earth. Or maybe he just means the Earth time relative to where George is.

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* CrapsackWorld: Pottersville, at least from Capra's wholesome, conservative Catholic perspective. The main part of town is a swinging place packed with bars, dance halls, strip clubs clubs, and gambling dens blasting jazz music. (Just in case you might think that actually sounds pretty awesome, the rest of the town is a depressing, dreary slum full of abandoned houses, where the people George knows are all miserable. George spends most of the Pottersville sequence trying to find the last friend he saw, bar owner Martini. A deleted scene exists in which George finds Martini's grave near Harry's, as Clarence explains that Martini and his family died in a fire because they couldn't move out of Potter's slums.)
* CreatorProvincialism: At the start of the film film, Saint Joseph observes that George is due to kill himself "at exactly 10:45 ''Earth time''". Apparently even ''God'' thinks America (specifically upstate New York) is the epicenter of the Earth. Or maybe he just means the Earth time relative to where George is.



-->'''Mary:''' [[RefugeInAudacity He's making violent love to me, Mother.]][[note]]At the time, "making love" would have meant "flirting" or "courting"[[/note]]
** When she sees George walking back and forth in front of her house scraping her wooden fence with a stick, she yells out her window, "What are you doing? ''Picket''ing?"

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-->'''Mary:''' [[RefugeInAudacity He's making violent love to me, Mother.]][[note]]At ]][[note]][[HaveAGayOldTime At the time, time]], "making love" would have meant "flirting" or "courting"[[/note]]
"courting".[[/note]]
** When she sees George walking back and forth in front of her house scraping her wooden fence with a stick, she yells out her window, "What are you doing? ''Picket''ing?"''[[{{Pun}} Picket]]''ing?"



* EarnYourHappyEnding: George is nearly driven to suicide. But in the end, all his problems are solved and he's surrounded by loving family, friends and neighbors. It's something of an unusual case in that George's actions after losing the eight thousand dollars don't really help his situation at all. Instead, it's the things he's already done, the faith in his character and the gratitude of the townspeople for how much he's done for them all that drives the film's resolution. George had ''already'' earned his happy ending before his troubles even began.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: George is nearly driven {{driven to suicide. suicide}}. But in the end, all his problems are solved and he's surrounded by loving family, friends friends, and neighbors. It's something of an unusual case in that George's actions after losing the eight thousand dollars don't really help his situation at all. Instead, it's the things he's already done, the faith in his character and the gratitude of the townspeople for how much he's done for them all that drives the film's resolution. George had ''already'' earned his happy ending before his troubles even began.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Mr. Potter '''is''' this trope. Seriously, almost every scene and every fifth line of his dialogue features a gross miscalculation of one of the Baileys, or human nature in general. To elaborate ...

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Mr. Potter '''is''' this trope. Seriously, almost every scene and every fifth line of his dialogue features a gross miscalculation of one of the Baileys, or human nature in general. To elaborate ...elaborate...



* ForWantOfANail: The entire meaning of the alternate world:

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* ForWantOfANail: The entire meaning of the alternate world:world.
24th Dec '16 8:23:55 AM CaptEquinox
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** Also, George's office has a picture of his late father. Potter's has [[ItsAllAboutMe a picture of himself]].
24th Dec '16 8:04:41 AM CaptEquinox
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** Sam says over the phone to George and Mary his father wants to build a factory for making plastics out of soybeans (thanks to an offscreen comment from George). During the war montage, it's revealed the factory was indeed built and Sam made a fortune from it. This may also explain where he got the money to send to George at the end.

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** Sam says over the phone to George and Mary his father wants to build a factory for making plastics out of soybeans (thanks to an offscreen comment from George). George suggests refurbishing an old factory in town and employing locals who were thrown out of work when it closed. During the war montage, it's revealed the factory was indeed built Sam did just that and Sam made a fortune from it.-- especially when the war began and he got huge government contracts to make plastic hoods for airplanes. This may also explain where he got the money to send to George at the end.
23rd Dec '16 10:28:47 AM dsneybuf
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* SpinOffspring: Jimmy Hawkins, who played George's and Mary's youngest son, Tommy, would eventually write a story about him, ''It's a Wonderful Life For Kids!''
19th Dec '16 3:56:15 PM generalzod39
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** George's return home after losing the money: watching a parent and husband act out of sorts and hostile for no apparent reason.

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** George's return home after losing the money: watching a parent and husband act out of sorts and hostile for no apparent reason.reason ''right in front of their kids''.



** And Gower, who was imprisoned for poisoning the child whose life George was have saved. Nick even calls him a "rumhead".

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** And Gower, who was imprisoned for poisoning the child whose life George was would have saved. Nick even calls him a "rumhead".
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