It's a Wonderful Life
1946·United States·130 min.
A good but slightly ineffectual man tries to off himself after an error that really wasnt his fault. In Christmas carol fashion, his crusty-but-lovable guardian angel shows up to give him a tour of the world without his presence, and it isnt a pretty place. Moral courage, small-town American life, civic cooperation, and family love are glorified; corporate greed and self-involvement are vilified; at the climax, a blanket of snow like spun sugar makes everything pure and clean like redemption itself.
ScreenwriterFrances Goodrich·Albert Hackett·Frank Capra
CinematographyJoseph Walker·Joseph F. Biroc
CastJames Stewart·Donna Reed·Lionel Barrymore·Thomas Mitchell·Henry Travers·Beulah Bondi·Frank Faylen·Ward Bond·Gloria Grahame·H.B. Warner·Frank Albertson·Todd Karns·Samuel S. Hinds·Mary Treen·Virginia Patton·Charles Williams·Argentina Brunetti·Karolyn GrimesShow all
Original titleIt's a Wonderful Life