It's a Wonderful Life script
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.


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





MEDIUM SHOT �� Five or six boys are coming toward camera, arm in

arm, whistling. Their attention is drawn to an elaborate

horsedrawn carriage

proceeding down the other side of the street.

MEDIUM PAN SHOT �� The carriage driving by. We catch a glimpse of

an elderly man riding in it.

CLOSE SHOT �� the boys watching the carriage.


Mr. Potter!


Who's that �� a king?


That's Henry F. Potter, the richest and meanest man in the


The boys continue until they reach Gower's drugstore. The

drugstore is old-fashioned and dignified, with jars of colored

water in the windows and little

else. As the kids stop:


So long!

BOYS (ad lib)

Got to work, slave. Hee-haw. Hee-haw.


MEDIUM SHOT �� George comes in and crosses to an old-fashioned

cigar lighter on the counter. He shuts his eyes and makes a wish:


Wish I had a million dollars.

He clicks the lighter and the flame springs up.

GEORGE (cont'd)

Hot dog!

WIDER ANGLE �� George crosses over to the soda fountain, at which

Mary Hatch, a small girl, is seated, watching him. George goes on

to get his

apron from behind the fountain.

GEORGE (calling toward back room)

It's me, Mr. Gower. George Bailey.

CLOSE SHOT �� Mr. Gower, the druggist, peering from a window in

back room. We see him take a drink from a bottle.

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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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