Did not discover It’s A Wonderful Life until I was an adult. Perhaps the best time to discover this gem of a film. Starring James Stewart & Donna Reed, and directed by Frank Capra. It has stood the test of time and currently sits with a 94% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Released on December 25th, 1946, it is the story of George Bailey and his wonderful life. There is something so terrific in the messages of this film. That our lives are really about others, the love we receive and the love we share. And ways that our live impact others in profound and meaningful ways. It’s no wonder we revisit this holiday classic every year. It reminds us what wonderful living is really about.
Some quotes from the film:
George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.
Mary: I’ll take it. Then what?
George Bailey: Well, then you can swallow it, and it’ll all dissolve, see… and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair… am I talking too much?
Mary: Bread… that this house may never know hunger.
[Mary hands a loaf of bread to Mrs. Martini]
Mary: Salt… that life may always have flavor.
[Mary hands a box of salt to Mrs. Martini]
George Bailey: And wine… that joy and prosperity may reign forever. Enter the Martini Castle.
[George hands Mr. Martini a bottle of wine]
Violet Bick: I’m glad I know you George Bailey.
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?
Clarence: You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?
George Bailey: [running through Bedford Falls] Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!
Harry Bailey: A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.
Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.