It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

James Stewart
Director: Frank Capra Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, Donna Reed
Donna Reed
, Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
Frank Capra

DVD (Wide Screen / Repackaged / Subtitled / 2 PACK)

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Overview

This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children are insufficient when George, faced with an $8000 shortage in his books, becomes a likely candidate for prison thanks to the vengeful Potter. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. After a nightmarish odyssey through a George Bailey-less Bedford Falls (now a glorified slum called Potterville), wherein none of his friends or family recognize him, George is made to realize how many lives he has touched, and helped, through his existence; and, just as Clarence had planned, George awakens to the fact that, despite all its deprivations, he has truly had a wonderful life. Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films, It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run, when it was percieved as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmastime TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2016
UPC: 0032429251633
Original Release: 1946
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 30

Special Features

Closed Caption; The making of "It's A Wonderful Life": a documentary featurette hosted by Tom Bosley; A personal remembrance: a special tribute to Frank Capra narrated by his son, Frank Capra, Jr. ; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart George Bailey
Donna Reed Mary Hatch Bailey
Lionel Barrymore Mr. Potter
Thomas Mitchell Uncle Billy
Henry Travers Clarence
Beulah Bondi Mrs. Bailey
Ward Bond Bert
Carol Coomes Janie Bailey
William Edmunds Mr. Martini
Gloria Grahame Violet Bick
Argentina Brunetti Mrs. Martini
Sarah Edwards Mrs. Hatch
Frank Faylen Ernie
Jean Gale Mary (younger)
Karolyn Grimes Zuzu Bailey
Frank S. Hagney Potter's Bodyguard
Jim Hawkins Tommy Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds Pa Bailey
Todd Karns Harry Bailey
Sheldon Leonard Nick
Virginia Patton Ruth Dakin
Ronnie Ralph Sam (younger)
Lillian Randolph Annie
Larry Simms Pete Bailey
Mary Treen Cousin Tilly
H.B. Warner Mr. Gower
Charles Williams Cousin Eustace
Bob Anderson George as a Child
Lane Chandler Actor
Harold Landon Marty Hatch
Bert Moorhouse Actor
Robert Peyton Actor
Bob Scott Mickey
Frank Albertson Sam Wainwright
Danny Mummert Marty Hatch (younger)
Ray Walker Joe at Luggage Shop
Edward Keane Tom
Ellen Corby Miss Davis
Stanley Andrews Mr. Welch
Marian Carr Mrs. Wainwright
Tom Fadden Tollhouse keeper
Charles Halton Bank Examiner
Harry Holman High School Principal
Charles Lane Real Estate Salesman
John Farrell MacDonald House Owner
Garry Owen Bill poster
Almira Sessions Potter's secretary
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Othello
Al Bridge Sheriff
George Nokes Little Harry Bailey
Harry V. Cheshire Dr. Campbell
Eddie Fetherstone Bank Teller
Dick Elliott Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gordon Bau Makeup
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Arthur S. Black Asst. Director
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Jack Okey Art Director
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jo Swerling Screenwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard VanHessen Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- It's a Wonderful Life: B&W Version + Special Features
1. Opening Credits
2. 1919: Saving Harry
3. Mr. Gower's Drug Store
4. "You Put Something Bad In Those Capsules."
5. 1928: George Bailey, World Traveler
6. Last Meal
7. High School Reunion
8. The Big Charleston Contest
9. Walking Mary Home
10. Harry's Surprise
11. Courting Mary
12. Wedding Day
13. 320 Sycamore
14. Bailey Park
15. On The Nest
16. December 24, 1945
17. Uncle Billy At The Bank
18. Searching For $8,000
19. Something Wrong With Daddy
20. No Help From A Warped, Frustrated Old Man
21. At Martini's Bar
22. On The Bridge
23. Saving George
24. At Nick's Place
25. Pottersville
26. "I Want To Live Again."
27. Homecoming
28. The Richest Man In Town
Disc #2 -- It's a Wonderful Life: Colorized Version
1. Opening Credits
2. 1919: Saving Harry
3. Mr. Gower's Drug Store
4. "You Put Something Bad In Those Capsules."
5. 1928: George Bailey, World Traveler
6. Last Meal
7. High School Reunion
8. The Big Charleston Contest
9. Walking Mary Home
10. Harry's Surprise
11. Courting Mary
12. Wedding Day
13. 320 Sycamore
14. Bailey Park
15. On The Nest
16. December 24, 1945
17. Uncle Billy At The Bank
18. Searching For $8,000
19. Something Wrong With Daddy
20. No Help From A Warped, Frustrated Old Man
21. At Martini's Bar
22. On The Bridge
23. Saving George
24. At Nick's Place
25. Pottersville
26. "I Want To Live Again."
27. Homecoming
28. The Richest Man In Town

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