It's A Wonderful Life
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George Bailey, frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.
George Bailey, a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life.
When George gets his wish that he'd never been born, he goes back to see his wife Mary and - Oh No! - Since he wasn't around to marry she has become a glasses-and-bun-wearing old maid librarian.
Also listed on AFI's: 100 YEARS…100 MOVIES #11;
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100 YEARS…100 CHEERS #1;
100 YEARS…100 MOVIES – 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION #20
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George Bailey: "...It's this old house. I don't know why we all don't have pneumonia. Drafty old barn! (kicks kitchen chair) Might as well be living in a refrigerator... Why do we have to live here in the first place, and stay around this measly, crummy old town..." Mary Bailey: "George, what's wrong?" George Bailey: "Wrong? Everything's wrong. You call this a happy family -- why do we have to have all these kids?"
(Inscription on 'Tom Sawyer' from Clarence to George) "Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends."
Mary Bailey (embracing George): "Remember the night we broke the windows in this old house? This is what I wished for."
George Bailey: "Just a minute... just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was... why, in the twenty five years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn't that right, Uncle Billy? He didn't save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what's wrong with that? Why... here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers?" (cont'd)
George Bailey: "I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I'm comin' back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I'm gonna build things. I'm gonna build airfields, I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long..."
George Bailey: "...You... you said... what'd you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken down that they... Do you know how long it takes a working man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him. But to you -- a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you'll ever be!"
Clarence: "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"
Ernie (welcoming George home to his honeymoon suite): "Entré, mon-sewer. Entré."
Mr. Potter: "George... I am an old man and most people hate me -- but I don't like them either, so that makes it all even."
Annie (donating to George's community bailout fund): "I been savin' this money for a divorce if ever I get a husband!"
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