When you talk of classic Christmas films, the list has to include Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life,” with Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a discouraged banker who is about to learn just how important he is to his family and friends.
George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. Bailey is the one man preventing a rich tightwad from taking over the entire town. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the George’s business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. When the bank shortage is discovered, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide.
But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his wings. He shows George what things would have been like if he had never been born. In a nightmarish vision in which the Potter-controlled town is sunk in sex and sin, those George loves are either dead, ruined, or miserable. He realizes that he has touched many people in a positive way and that his life has truly been a wonderful one.
Enjoy the film in its entirety here. Merry Christmas from the staff of Clarksville Online.