History Film / ItsAWonderfulLife

27th Jan '16 11:54:13 AM ChaoticNovelist
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misuse. Context had nothing to do with prison, captivity, interogation, or speeches.
* HannibalLecture: When Potter is trying to recruit George for his operation, he shows that although he doesn't understand George, he ''has'' been watching him.
9th Jan '16 5:18:23 PM jormis29
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** They actually engage frequently in a playful banter reminiscent of ol' [[TheThinMan Nick and Nora]].
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** They actually engage frequently in a playful banter reminiscent of ol' [[TheThinMan [[Film/TheThinMan Nick and Nora]].
3rd Jan '16 7:00:14 PM dsneybuf
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This film had a resurgence for a while in the U.S. during the 1980s when it was discovered that the UsefulNotes/{{copyright}} on the film was never renewed, which meant the film was in the PublicDomain and any television station could legally show it as often as they wanted without paying for a license. Many Creator/{{PBS}} stations across the country would run it during pledge week, and around Christmas time, you could routinely find as many as five or six stations in an area all carrying the movie at some time of the day or evening. It was also issued on VHS, in varying levels of quality, by numerous companies large and small. This practice ended when Republic Pictures, the successor to the film's original rights holder, realized that while they couldn't claim copyright over the film itself, they could - and did - claim the rights to the music used in it and to the original story, upon which those copyrights were renewed. Republic then announced to television stations that from that point forward they would enforce the copyright on the music and story, meaning you'd now need a license to broadcast the movie. Creator/{{NBC}} has had exclusive network TV rights since 1994, and usually airs it twice annually, once early in December and again on Christmas Eve. Starting in 2014, cable channels owned by [=NBCUniversal=], such as Creator/USANetwork and Creator/{{Bravo}}, give the movie a few additional showings. Similarly, Creator/{{Paramount}} (whose parent company, Creator/{{Viacom}}, acquired Republic in the late '90s) currently holds exclusive home video rights for the film.
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This film had a resurgence for a while in the U.S. during the 1980s when it was discovered that the UsefulNotes/{{copyright}} on the film was never renewed, which meant the film was in the PublicDomain and any television station could legally show it as often as they wanted without paying for a license. Many Creator/{{PBS}} stations across the country would run it during pledge week, and around Christmas time, you could routinely find as many as five or six stations in an area all carrying the movie at some time of the day or evening. It was also issued on VHS, in varying levels of quality, by numerous companies large and small. This practice ended when Republic Pictures, the successor to the film's original rights holder, realized that while they couldn't claim copyright over the film itself, they could - and did - claim the rights to the music used in it and to the original story, upon which those copyrights were renewed. Republic then announced to television stations that from that point forward they would enforce the copyright on the music and story, meaning you'd now need a license to broadcast the movie. Creator/{{NBC}} has had exclusive network TV rights since 1994, and usually airs it twice annually, once early in December and again on Christmas Eve. Starting in 2014, cable channels owned by [=NBCUniversal=], such as Creator/USANetwork and Creator/{{Bravo}}, Bravo, give the movie a few additional showings. Similarly, Creator/{{Paramount}} (whose parent company, Creator/{{Viacom}}, acquired Republic in the late '90s) currently holds exclusive home video rights for the film.
3rd Jan '16 6:59:46 PM dsneybuf
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This film had a resurgence for a while in the U.S. during the 1980s when it was discovered that the UsefulNotes/{{copyright}} on the film was never renewed, which meant the film was in the PublicDomain and any television station could legally show it as often as they wanted without paying for a license. Many Creator/{{PBS}} stations across the country would run it during pledge week, and around Christmas time, you could routinely find as many as five or six stations in an area all carrying the movie at some time of the day or evening. It was also issued on VHS, in varying levels of quality, by numerous companies large and small. This practice ended when Republic Pictures, the successor to the film's original rights holder, realized that while they couldn't claim copyright over the film itself, they could - and did - claim the rights to the music used in it and to the original story, upon which those copyrights were renewed. Republic then announced to television stations that from that point forward they would enforce the copyright on the music and story, meaning you'd now need a license to broadcast the movie. Creator/{{NBC}} has had exclusive network TV rights since 1994, and usually airs it twice annually, once early in December and again on Christmas Eve. In 2014, another channel owned by [=NBCUniversal=], Creator/USANetwork, started giving the movie two annual cable showings in addition to NBC's broadcasts. Similarly, Creator/{{Paramount}} (whose parent company, Creator/{{Viacom}}, acquired Republic in the late '90s) currently holds exclusive home video rights for the film.
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This film had a resurgence for a while in the U.S. during the 1980s when it was discovered that the UsefulNotes/{{copyright}} on the film was never renewed, which meant the film was in the PublicDomain and any television station could legally show it as often as they wanted without paying for a license. Many Creator/{{PBS}} stations across the country would run it during pledge week, and around Christmas time, you could routinely find as many as five or six stations in an area all carrying the movie at some time of the day or evening. It was also issued on VHS, in varying levels of quality, by numerous companies large and small. This practice ended when Republic Pictures, the successor to the film's original rights holder, realized that while they couldn't claim copyright over the film itself, they could - and did - claim the rights to the music used in it and to the original story, upon which those copyrights were renewed. Republic then announced to television stations that from that point forward they would enforce the copyright on the music and story, meaning you'd now need a license to broadcast the movie. Creator/{{NBC}} has had exclusive network TV rights since 1994, and usually airs it twice annually, once early in December and again on Christmas Eve. In Starting in 2014, another channel cable channels owned by [=NBCUniversal=], Creator/USANetwork, started giving such as Creator/USANetwork and Creator/{{Bravo}}, give the movie two annual cable showings in addition to NBC's broadcasts.a few additional showings. Similarly, Creator/{{Paramount}} (whose parent company, Creator/{{Viacom}}, acquired Republic in the late '90s) currently holds exclusive home video rights for the film.
2nd Jan '16 10:16:13 AM SherlockHolmesFan
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As the film begins, angels are listening to myriad prayers for a certain George Bailey. One of the angels, called Clarence Oddbody, is told [[ChekhovsGun he must answer the prayers]], but only after he's been told who George is. [[HowWeGotHere Cue Flashback]].
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As the film begins, begins on Christmas Eve 1946, angels are listening to myriad prayers for a certain George Bailey. One of the angels, called Clarence Oddbody, is told [[ChekhovsGun he must answer the prayers]], but only after he's been told who George is. [[HowWeGotHere Cue Flashback]].

* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ** Well, what are you but a warped frustrated young man? ** Which is a call-back to one George gives Potter near the beginning of the film, declaring that while his father wasn't a success, he helped other people realize their dreams of home ownership, making him richer than Potter will ever be. ** George gives Potter another one mid-way through, accusing him of thinking the world revolves around him and dismissing him as nothing more than a "spider." * RefugeInAudacity: George at the dance after he flirts with Mary and then cuts right in-between her and her date to dance with her. Her date protests and George tells ''him'' to stop being annoying, and the guy actually apologizes to George before he realizes what he'd just done.
28th Dec '15 9:00:29 PM jamespolk
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* CelebrityParadox: ''Film/TheBellsOfStMarys'' is prominently featured on a theater marquee. That film starred Henry Travers, who plays Clarence in this movie.

* ShoutOut: Toward the end when George is running through town, we see a movie theater with the BingCrosby movie ''The Bells of St. Mary's'' prominently advertised on its marquee. (Henry Travers, who plays Clarence in ''[=IAWL=]'', had costarred in the earlier film.)
25th Dec '15 4:15:25 PM kmwray1962
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*The Local Boy Done good - George Bailey is easily bailed out of financial trouble; and in fact, he has a number of bar patrons come to his aid at Martini's (before he receives the goodness of Bedford Fall's residents at end of film); when he gets into it with Frank Welch. Why? Forget the respected man about town (which he obviously is), he is responsible for just about every man in town having a good paying job (and becoming homeowners). George Bailey chides Sam Wainwright into building a plastics plant in Bedford Falls instead of Rochester (right after He and Mary moves Martini into his new home). George Bailey literally helped create a middle class in a town that had only the very rich and the mostly poor. This is why the "rabble" as Potter calls them come out of the woodwork to help George Bailey.
24th Dec '15 9:18:36 PM tdwally
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* ContrivedCoincidence: The day of George and Mary's wedding, where George has gathered together about two thousand dollars in cash to finance the various events of their honeymoon, is the same day as a run on the bank and Bailey Building and Loan happens, with George and Mary driving through town right at the start of the run. With a large supply of cash in hand, George is able to singlehandedly keep the BBL afloat by loaning it out in place of the money the BBL doesn't have.

* 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.
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* 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: *** A subtle example from the same scene; when George tells Potter he lost the eight thousand dollars, Potter, who knows it was really Uncle Billy who accidentally handed him the cash, spends a second looking confused as if he can't wrap his head around the fact George is nearly driven to suicide. But in the end, all taking personal responsibility for something that isn't his problems are solved and he's surrounded by loving family, friends and neighbors.fault.
18th Dec '15 2:33:03 PM HeWhoMustNotBeUsernamed
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* TheFettered: George Bailey, to the point where it's actually painful to watch. Mr. Potter does his best to get him to throw off the fetters and Clarence tries to convince him not to be bitter over them.
13th Dec '15 10:44:13 PM MHarrington
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* TheBadGuyWins: At least he would have if George weren't around. In George's absence, Bedford Falls becomes Pottersville, and everyone who lives there suffers for it.
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* TheBadGuyWins: At least he would have if George weren't around. In George's absence, Bedford Falls becomes Pottersville, and everyone who lives there suffers for it.
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