It’s a Wonderful Life!

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A taster of Christmassy things to come! On the 20th of December 1946, Frank Capra’s film It’s A Wonderful Life had a preview showing for charity at New York City’s Globe Theater, a day before its official premiere. “This was Frank Capra’s 1946 exploration of small-town America and its faith or lack of it in the values of home, family and friends. James Stewart played George Bailey, a gentle, humorous, intelligent, conscientious and deeply frustrated man unable to escape the prison of his small town, Bedford Falls. When, in despair after an irreplaceable sum of money goes missing on Christmas Eve, George attempts suicide, he is saved by his guardian angel, an elderly soul named Clarence Oddbody, who dives into the water and forces George, once more, to put someone else before himself. He then shows George what Bedford Falls would have been without him, and causes him…

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