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  • Christmas time has to be among my favorite times of the year
  • However business is not going good, and George finds himself stooping to a new low when he has to grovel to the greedy scoundrel known as Mr

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      Christmas time has to be among my favorite times of the year. Not necessarily because of the presents but rather because the world seems to slow down and smell the roses a little more. Its a time of tradition, love, family and spirit.

      It is with this in mind that I must say my favorite tradition of all is and will always be watching “It’s A Wonderful Life”. A black and white film featuring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed is cinema at its best. It is s movie that speaks of love, spirit, giving, the dangers of greed and the over all good will of man.

      Directed by the Famous Frank Capra this movie follows the life of one small town man Named George Bailey. Played by the iconic Jimmy Stewart Bailey is man who has made many sacrifices for the good of the town. He is a man who has it all, or so it seems. He has a wife (played by Donna Reed) and four kids and is well- respected in the community for all the good he and his family building and loan business have brought to the local town


      However business is not going good, and George finds himself stooping to a new low when he has to grovel to the greedy scoundrel known as Mr. Potter (played by Lionel Barrymore) in a desperate plea for money to save his banking businesses from ruin. It seems that his uncle Bill (played by Thomas Mitchell) has misplaced a large sum of money (that as it turns out is in the possession of Mr. Potter) that is needed to keep the bank running smoothly. George has now hit a new low- and reached a new level of anxiety.

      George is so distraught over everything that he heads to a bridge and contemplates suicide. But before he jumps, another man suddenly appears out of nowhere and plunges into the cold waters below. The man’s name is Clarence (played by Henry Travers), but he is no ordinary man. He is an angel, second class, sent to the earth to convince George that his life is really worth living. He will be given his wings in heaven if he can stop George from killing himself.

      In order to convince George not to kill himself, Clarence lets ...

      • his friend see what life would have been like had he never been born. George quickly discovers that he really did have a wonderful life, and the movie ends with his returning to life as usual, happier than ever before, as he joins his family and friends to celebrate the joyous time of Christmas.

        The casting in this film, the story, and the direction are about as close to perfect as anyone could get in a movie. Every character and every performance is great. Its a standard that one cannot fond in a movie anymore and will probably never find again.

        Jimmy Stewart is perfect George Bailey. e perfectly portrays his character with a depth and emotional standard that not many actors can meet these days. I also have to say that Lionel Barrymore did a splendid job in his portrayal as Mr. Potter. From his mean spirited remarks to his nasty grin, he captured his character down to an art and his the perfect villain.

        Donna Reed shined in this movie for her fantastic portrayal of Mary George’s loving and supportive wife. She really makes the movie. Her portrayal as the

        perfect wife and her portrayal as the backbone of the family and George’s right arm are truly captivating. It was a performance to which really made the movie. And who could forget actor Henry Travers in the role as Clarence the angel. Travers has the benign look, the pinchable checks, and everything else one would expect from an actor in this type of role. He is the perfect angel and one which will live on in our hearts for ever.

        I really love this movie. It makes me cry each time I see it (though I have probably seen it like 50 times) it speaks to the heart of the viewers and capture the Christmas spirit as it should be. This movie is the ultimate holiday movie and its also a great movie to watch anytime you need an emotional pick me up.

        This movie scores a perfect 10 with me because its simply unforgettable. I will share this movie with my kids and my grandkids. It has been around for over 60 years and the truths in this story still hold true today. It is a iconic movie that will last for generations to come.

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