Synopsis: It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1943.[2] The film is now among the most popular in American cinema and because of numerous television showings in the 1980s has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
Production: Liberty Films
  Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination.
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130 min

CLOSE SHOT �� group of boys. They are preparing to slide down the

hill on large shovels. One of them makes the slide and shoots out

onto the ice of a

frozen river at the bottom of the hill.

BOY (as he slides)



Hey, who's that?


That's your problem, George Bailey.


A boy?


That's him when he was twelve, back in 1919. Something happens

here you'll have to remember later on.

Series of shots as four or five boys make the slide down the hill

and out onto the ice. As each boy comes down the others applaud.

CLOSE SHOT �� George Bailey at bottom of slide.

GEORGE (through megaphone)

And here comes the scare-baby, my kid brother, Harry Bailey.

CLOSE SHOT �� Harry, on top of hill, preparing to make his slide.


I'm not scared.

BOYS (ad lib)

Come on, Harry! Attaboy, Harry!

MEDIUM SHOT �� Harry makes his slide very fast. He passes the

marks made by the other boys, and his shovel takes him onto the

thin ice at the bend of

the river. The ice breaks, and Harry disappears into the water.

CLOSE SHOT �� George.


I'm coming, Harry.

MEDIUM SHOT �� George jumps into the water and grabs Harry. As he

starts to pull him out he yells:


Make a chain, gang! A chain!

WIDER ANGLE �� the other boys lie flat on the ice, forming a

human chain. When George reaches the edge with Harry in his arms,

they pull them both

to safety.


George saved his brother's life that day. But he caught a bad

cold which infected his left ear. Cost him his hearing in that

ear. It was weeks

before he could return to his after-school job at old man Gower's




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Albert Hackett

Albert Maurice Hackett (February 16, 1900 – March 16, 1995) was an American dramatist and screenwriter most noted for his collaborations with his partner and wife Frances Goodrich. more…

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