(CNN) — It's George Bailey's crucial moment. Disheveled and desperate, he offers up a Hail-Mary prayer to a God he's not sure is listening: "I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me, show me the way. I'm at the end of my rope."
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ star Karolyn Grimes reveals why she left Hollywood: ‘It became my past life’
Karolyn Grimes was just 6 years old when she was offered to appear in a movie that would forever change her life. By then, she had already done four movies. But in the summer of 1946, she got to work on a new project titled "It’s a Wonderful Life." The Frank Capra-directed classic, which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, has become a beloved holiday tradition across the globe.
It’s a Wonderful Life is an odd candidate for the “heartwarming Christmas classic” category. The film’s plot pivots around its main character’s consideration of suicide. And the story of George Bailey, a family man beset by troubles both financial and existential, does not get notably Christmas-y until its final seconds. “I didn’t even think of it as a Christmas story when I first ran across it,” the director, Frank Capra, would later say. “I just liked the idea.”
At the Republican National Convention in 2020, one of the speakers compared Donald Trump to the character of George Bailey in the film It’s a Wonderful Life. “In the classic Jimmy Stewart film It’s A Wonderful Life, George Bailey is given a great gift—the chance to see what the world would be like without him,” announced Natalie Harp, a Trump campaign advisory board member who was talking up the former president’s signing of bipartisan legislation that made it easier to access experimental drug treatments. “Tonight, Mr. President, we’d like to give you that same gift, because without you we’d all be living in Pottersville, sold out to a crooked Mr.—or I should say Mrs.—Potter with no hope of escape except death itself.”
75 years and five days ago, "It's a Wonderful Life" premiered on the big screen, just in time for Christmas. The film would earn five Oscar nominations, but surprisingly wasn't considered a commercial success. Yet over the decades, with a big boost from television, "It's a Wonderful Life" would grow into a timeless classic that still resonates to this day. Dana Jacobson explains.
Hark! I bring you glad tidings, and also the only correct interpretation of the granddaddy of all Christmas classics, which every American must, by law, catch a snippet of each holiday season. Are you ready?. Mary Bailey is the true hero of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”. This is...
DAVIS, Calif. — The classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” turns 75 this year, and yet its lessons feel as relevant and fresh as ever. The star of the film – longtime Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart – died back in 1997, but one of his daughters lives just outside of Davis. ABC10 asked for an interview to talk about the legacy of her father and this beloved holiday classic.
It has become a tradition in the Hartman household to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” every Christmas. My wife isn’t fond of the movie, not a fan of Jimmy Stewart, so I watch the movie with our five kids. Most of the kids don’t understand the...
‘It’s a Wonderful Life, ‘Elf’ and ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’: Holiday specials airing on Christmas Day
After you’re stuffed with Christmas cookies and all the gifts are unwrapped, it comes time to settle in and enjoy holiday movies. From newer films like “Elf,” “The Grinch” and “Home Alone” to classic stories like “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “A Christmas Story” and “A Christmas Carol,” holiday specials will be airing all day on Dec. 25 for loved ones to enjoy.
Few could confuse Christmas cheer with communist subversion quite like J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI director’s campaign to expose Soviet sympathizers among the postwar Hollywood elite is well documented, but his Bureau’s preoccupation with festive family favorite It’s a Wonderful Life as a suspected Trojan horse for disseminating red values to Middle America is a particularly absurd, and seasonally appropriate, episode to remember.
It's George Bailey's crucial moment. Disheveled and desperate, he offers up a Hail-Mary prayer to a God he's not sure is listening: "I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me, show me the way. I'm at the end of my rope." Actor Jimmy...
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NOTE: Freeform and AMC have Christmas movies and specials running all day and all night (including “Rudolph” at 5:40 on Freeform and more). Plus, the “A Christmas Story” marathon continues on TBS and TNT. Here are some other good options. It’s a Wonderful Life (6 a.m.,...
James Stewart Holiday Classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Restored Blu-Ray And NBC Airings
The undeniable Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life is celebrating its diamond anniversary this season. Believe it or not, it has been 75 years since its release in December 1946. Considering it has become the classic of classics for the yuletide season, this irresistible film starring James Stewart as George Bailey, a suicidal man who receives a visit from an angel to show him what life would have been like if he had never existed, was basically a box office flop upon its release after it was rushed into theaters to replace a film that wasn’t ready in time. Costing reportedly $3.7 million...
The Real Bedford Falls? ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Was Inspired By This New York Town, New Documentary Says
It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic Christmas film. And the town where George Bailey (James Stewart) and his family live is the quintessential small American town. But you won’t find Bedford Falls on any map. The place that George can’t wait to escape from is fictional. However, the town of Seneca Falls, New York, may have been the inspiration for Bedford Falls, according to a new documentary, The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life.
NEW YORK — It was just another job for child actor Karolyn Grimes. She was 6 and had already done four movies by the summer of 1946 when filming began on “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The only thing she recalls about the biggest movie of her career was being delighted to play in snow on the set.
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Questioning whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie (it is) has become the holiday version of ‘is a hot dog a sandwich?’ (it’s not).The debate has transitioned from Christmas dinner banter to the go-to blather of pub-bores everywhere. When something’s a ‘hot topic’ for three decades, it goes colder than yesterday’s hot chocolate. The debate is over. Time to discuss the yuletide merits of The Last Boy Scout.