History Film / ItsAWonderfulLife

21st Mar '17 11:11:21 AM Mdumas43073
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* OffscreenCrash: After Uncle Billy makes his drunken exit from Harry's homecoming party. But he's all right, he's aaaaaallllllll right!
** This was actually the result of an unscripted soundstage accident; see ThrowItIn on the Trivia page.
15th Mar '17 2:05:00 PM BrendanRizzo
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** Harry saving his brother as a child:

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** Harry George saving his brother as a child:
9th Mar '17 4:36:43 PM creader
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* NumberOneDime: Clarence's copy of ''Literature/TomSawyer''.



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* 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.

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* HelYesMoment: HellYesMoment: 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.



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* NumberOneDime: Clarence's copy of ''Literature/TomSawyer''.


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4th Mar '17 10:43:13 AM nombretomado
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** Which oddly suggests that he would more likely have been a fan of Creator/JohnMilton than MarkTwain.

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** Which oddly suggests that he would more likely have been a fan of Creator/JohnMilton than MarkTwain.Creator/MarkTwain.
27th Jan '17 9:17:16 PM HamburgerTime
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* MorallyBankruptBanker: Averted with the Baileys, and played straight with Potter.

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* MorallyBankruptBanker: Averted with the Baileys, and played straight with Potter. While it's unclear what the initial source of the latter's fortune is, midway through the film he buys out the bank during the Depression and it's in this capacity we see him for the remainder of the story.
25th Jan '17 12:57:14 PM eroock
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* StrippingSnag: George steps on Mary's robe by accident while walking home from a school-dance-turned-swim, and she needs to hide in the bushes, naked, until he gives her robe back to her.
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.
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