It’s a Wonderful Life
The 1946 black and white holiday classic is my 3rd most favorite movie to watch at Christmas time. This movie in a word is… magic. The story, the characters, the town buildings and storefronts, the message – all magic. James Stewart stars as George Bailey, a man given a chance to see how the world around him would have turned out if he hadn’t been born.
As the movie starts, people are praying for George – townsfolk, friends, and family. George is at the end of his rope. He’s in need of a large sum of money to cover for his uncle’s forgetfulness and to save the family business. Everything is crumbling around him and he contemplates killing himself. But, the prayers of many are heard and an angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers), is send down to help George.
Checkbook in hand, the angel offers to write a million dollar check to solve everything… The End. Uh, maybe not… but, that would have been a cool ending, right?
Here are a number of great quotes from this grand movie.
As his brother Harry toasts at the end of the movie, “A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.“
George finds out the life he led truly was a wonderful one.