History Film / ItsAWonderfulLife

9th Jan '18 1:43:11 PM DustSnitch
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* GodLivesInTheSky: Whenever Clarence the angel talks to distant superiors, the audience will know he's not just talking to himself because he's looking straight up at the sky, which is where angels are supposed to live.



* HelloNurse: Violet Bick.

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* HeavenAbove: Whenever Clarence the angel talks to distant superiors, the audience will know he's not just talking to himself because he's looking straight up at the sky, which is where angels are supposed to live.
* HelloNurse: Violet Bick.Bick nearly causes a man to get run over just because he's so distracted by her looks that he nearly walks into a speeding car.
2nd Jan '18 6:17:46 PM Gravityman
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* AdaptationDeviation: Several, naturally, but the most notable is the change to Mary's fate in the timeline where George was never born. In the film, she never married and works at the library, which Clarence's finds too terrible to speak of and horrifies George more than anything else he's seen, like his brother's death. In the short story, she was married to an abusive alcoholic -- an appropriately horrific fate that would've seemed just as sad and frightening to viewers decades later with no ValuesDissonance involved.

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* AdaptationDeviation: Several, naturally, but the most notable is the change to Mary's fate in the timeline where George was never born. In the film, she never married and works at the library, which Clarence's Clarence finds too terrible to speak of and horrifies George more than anything else he's seen, like his brother's death.of. In the short story, she was married to an abusive alcoholic -- an appropriately horrific fate that would've seemed just as sad and frightening to viewers decades later with no ValuesDissonance involved.
28th Dec '17 10:07:50 PM kyeo
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* WhatTheHellHero: George gets a comic one from Mary when he refuses to give her back her robe, but a graver one later when he takes out his frustrations on the children. Then Mr. Welch delivers one to him in the shape of a fist.
28th Dec '17 12:59:52 PM Julia1984
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* AdaptationDeviation: Several, naturally, but the most notable is the change to Mary's fate in the timeline where George was never born. In the film, she never married and works at the library, which Clarence's finds too terrible to speak of and horrifies George more than anything else he's seen, like his brother's death. In the book, she was married to an abusive alcoholic -- an appropriately horrific fate that would've

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* AdaptationDeviation: Several, naturally, but the most notable is the change to Mary's fate in the timeline where George was never born. In the film, she never married and works at the library, which Clarence's finds too terrible to speak of and horrifies George more than anything else he's seen, like his brother's death. In the book, short story, she was married to an abusive alcoholic -- an appropriately horrific fate that would'vewould've seemed just as sad and frightening to viewers decades later with no ValuesDissonance involved.
28th Dec '17 12:58:12 PM Julia1984
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* AdaptationDeviation: Several, naturally, but the most notable is the change to Mary's fate in the timeline where George was never born. In the film, she never married and works at the library, which Clarence's finds too terrible to speak of and horrifies George more than anything else he's seen, like his brother's death. In the book, she was married to an abusive alcoholic -- an appropriately horrific fate that would've
28th Dec '17 12:50:46 PM Julia1984
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* AdaptedOut: The alternate universe!Mary's abusive husband in the original story.


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* AllThereInTheManual: The man whose tree George crashes his car into is never named in the film. The short story gives his name as Hank Biddle.


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* DeathByAdaptation: George's father is still alive when he's an adult in the original story and appears along with his mother in the alternate universe.
27th Dec '17 10:54:32 AM Gravidef
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** Another example mixed with ThrowItIn: After Harry's party, Uncle Billy drunkenly stumbles home. George starts to go back inside, when an enormous crash is heard, followed by Uncle Billy shouting "I'm all right! I'm allllllllll right!", and George laughing at it. As it happens, a crewman dropped a tray of props at that moment; Thomas Mitchell (who played Uncle Billy) quickly improvised as if he had just stumbled into some garbage cans. Jimmy Stewart's reactions in the scene are completely genuine.


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* HollywoodHomely: Pottersville Mary is supposed to be an unmarried, unattractive "old maid." All they did was put Donna Reed in a heavier coat, hat, and a pair of glasses, then apply concealer and darker eyebrow makeup. See HotLibrarian below.
26th Dec '17 8:30:11 PM Mdumas43073
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Source of the trope ItsAWonderfulPlot, and an annual staple of Christmastime viewing, this much-loved 1946 Creator/FrankCapra film tells of one man's life of self-sacrifice and quiet despair, from which he is rescued by a miracle.

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Source of the trope ItsAWonderfulPlot, ItsAWonderfulPlot trope, and an annual staple of Christmastime viewing, this much-loved 1946 Creator/FrankCapra film tells of one man's life of self-sacrifice and quiet despair, from which he is rescued by a miracle.
26th Dec '17 11:35:59 AM BlazTorch314
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** When Pottersville's Bert has Clarence pinned down and preparing to 'cuff him, Clarence yells out Joseph's name to help him before [[DeusExMachina vanishing into thin air]].
26th Dec '17 11:13:24 AM BlazTorch314
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** Not to mention he's shooting at an already moving target halfway down the street at night with what appears to be a revolver, which aren't very good at long range. Even realistically, it would have been more suspect if he HAD managed to hit him.
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