A Tribute To my All Time Favorite Movie

Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" was virtually ignored for years. But now this enduring classic, with its message of hope, enchants millions every holiday season. I get more out of watching this two hour movie than I do out of the entire Christmas season.





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I've figured out something recently. I have watched this movie more times than any other movie in my entire life. I know for a fact that I haven't missed watching it once in the past 20 years. There is no other movie that I crave watching and I look forward to the excuse of the holiday season to turn it on once again.

I've been happily married since 1981, and we have three children, but I MUST watch this movie alone! My whole family bugs me... "Here's the part where Mom starts crying and here's another part...." Everyone looks at me and starts sniffling aloud! Arg! Leave me alone! In "real life" I am not a big crier. There is something about the content, message and delivery of "It's a Wonderful Life" that my soul demands to hear, even if it's only once a year.

To me --IAWL is not just a Christmas movie. Of course, the climax of the movie takes place at Christmas time, but the the timing of it to me is that Christmas is only one week from the beginning of a whole New Year. It's the message of the this very special movie that I choose to start each new year with, especially in this present time with the new millennium looming.

If for some reason, you have not been bitten by the IAWL bug, please do yourself a huge favor and buy this movie. If you experience hard times in your life, please watch it during any season as the message is about life, hope, and love. It puts into perspective what is truly important in life and that is having good morals and values, character, and the love and respect of family and friends.

The word sacrifice must be mentioned, too. George Baily sacrificed his dreams in order to "do the right thing". In the end he knew he was indeed a "rich man" and therefore fulfilled, even though he never got to follow through with his personal dreams. We don't always get our way, but in the end --it seems we get what we really needed, even if we didn't know it at the time. It also proves what I believe to be true, that when anyone is at the "end of their rope" they call on God, and guess what? He always answers!

The movie also speaks to the important question that we have all asked ourselves at one time or another...... "What would the world be like if I had never been born?" or "What would the world be like if I wasn't here anymore?" The movie encourages us all on to greatness through sacrifice, courage, generosity and the taking of responsibility for our own actions. George Baily did all that and he reaped the bounty of his actions.

Feb. 18, 2000
Todd Karns (Harry Baily) passed away last week.

This week I received a letter from Tim of Christmas, Maryland (don't you love it?). He attended the 50th Anniversary Reunion party for It's a Wonderful Life, in 1996. Tim was kind enough to send me a photo that he took of the cast.
I asked Tim if I could share it with you, click here to view it, along with his letter
of explanation.

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