my first blog post. And what a crazy year it has been. So many things have changed, but I couldn't be happier with it all. Therefore, I felt the only appropriate way to celebrate was to talk more about the first movie I ever mentioned. Sit back and wrap yourself in Christmas nostalgia today with the classic "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946).
Now, I don't think there is a person in this world who doesn't know the story of this film...but I'll tell it anyway. George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) is a good man, has been all his life. A lot of tough things have happened to him, but he's always managed to look on the bright side. However, on Christmas Eve, when yet another bad thing happens, he finally breaks down and can't take it anymore. He decides to jump off a bridge, for everyone's sake. But, luckily, his guardian angel Clarence thwarts his attempt, and shows him what the world would be like if he never existed. Realizing things are never as bad as they seem, George asks to live again and runs home to his family to celebrate whatever may be coming their way.
The Best Years of Our Lives" and didn't win a thing. The flick has only become the Christmas staple we know today because of television and a clerical error. The film rights were purchased from Paramount (who had acquired Liberty Films) in 1955 by National Telefilm Associates (NTA). However, because of a clerical error, they were unable to renew the copyright in 1974. Now don't go jumping off to use the film just yet. Even though the film's copyright lapsed, the story it was based on has not. But because of this error, "It's a Wonderful Life" was shown on more channels on television than most other films, making it a holiday favorite.
So enjoy your holiday and celebrate with family and friends this week as you watch "It's a Wonderful Life." (That ending still makes me cry every time.) Merry Christmas, everyone!!
(Post-tidbit: In the scene where Uncle Billy leaves the Bailey home drunk, we hear what appears to be him stumbling into a bunch of trash cans and then yelling, "I'm alright! I'm alright." This was actually an ad-lib because in reality the sound was a stagehand accidentally knocking over a bundle of props. The poor guy was so afraid he was going to be fired because of his mistake. Capra instead gave him a $10 bonus for "improving the sound.")