It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946 film starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Thomas Mitchell. My number one ‘Watch Again’ Christmas film.
Centered around the Christmas period this timeless film centers around George Bailey (Stewart), a desperately frustrated small town businessman who is not happy with the way his life turned out. From childhood to married with children the film follows all the roadblocks put in front of him to get him to the point of ending it all. His despair is noticed by the heaven’s and an angel is dispatched to help him through it and show him why he should never wish that he had never been born.
I loved Jimmy Stewart, he was my favorite classic Hollywood actor. I have seen almost all, I think, of his movies. Acting back then was serious stuff and everyone in this film gave it there all. The great Donna Reed, amazing woman and actress. The two conjoined together like it was real life. It’s hard to believe that this film is now 72 years old and is still played every year.
This story must resonate with us all at some point. Christmas time brings out many emotions within all of us. Loneliness and failure are among the top. Loneliness when we are not near our loved ones and failure because we think we haven’t given enough to our families. If we could all get a glimpse of what life would have been like without us we would come to the same realization that Mr Bailey did.
Yes, this is my number one seasonal film and every year I watch it, get emotional and at the end thank God for my life and family. How about you all and how do you like to watch it, black & white or colorized? Me, in it’s original form.