“Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends…” – Clarence

The movie ‘It’s a wonderful life’ was directed by Frank Capra and released in 1946. ‘It’s a wonderful life tells the story of a man who thoughtless of himself because of his background. He saw himself as a “nobody” and felt he was a failure.

The movie which was based on the story The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern had James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore as casts. Other casts of It’s a wonderful life were Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen and Ward Bond.

The movie won two awards; Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Director (1947): Frank Capra and was Selected for Registry by the National Film Preservation Board (1990).

The major character, George Bailey (cast by James Stewart) runs his town’s saving and loan after the demise of his father. Though he had in his childhood vowed not to allow himself to become a part of such life, but failed.

Disaster soon struck at Bailey; he lost the savings and loan, and almost his home. He then resorted to committing suicide. His life changed at this point when an angel appeared to him.

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Cast

James Stewart (George Bailey)
Donna Reed (Mary Hatch)
Lionel Barrymore (Mr Potter)
Thomas Mitchell (Uncle Billy)
Henry Travers (Clarence)
Beulah Bondi (Mrs. Bailey)
Frank Faylen (Ernie)
Ward Bond (Bert)
Gloria Grahame (Violet Bick)
H.B. Warner (Mr Gower)
Frank Albertson (Sam Wainwright)
Samuel S. Hinds (Pa Bailey)
Todd Karns (Harry Bailey)
Mary Treen (Cousin Tilly)
Virginia Patton (Ruth Dakin)
Charles Williams (Cousin Eustace)
Sarah Edwards (Mrs. Hatch)
William Edmunds (Mr Martini)
Lillian Randolph (Annie)
Argentina Brunetti (Mrs. Martini)
Robert Anderson (Little George)
Ronnie Ralph (Little Sam)
Jean Gale (Little Mary)
Jeanine Anne Roose (Little Violet)
Danny Mummert (Little Marty Hatch)
George Nokes (Little Harry Bailey)
Sheldon Leonard (Nick)
Frank Hagney (Potter’s bodyguard)
Ray Walker (Joe at luggage shop)
Charles Lane (Real estate salesman)
Edward Keane (Tom)
Carol Coombs (Janie Bailey)
Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey)
Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey)
Larry Simms (Pete Bailey)
Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer (Freddie)
Harold Landon (Marty Hatch)
Harry Holman (High school principal)
Bob Scott (Mickey)
Harry Cheshire (Dr Campbell)
Charles Halton (Bank examiner)
Eddie Featherston (Bank teller)
Stanley Andrews (Mr Welch)
J. Farrell MacDonald (House owner)
Marian Carr (Mrs. Wainwright)
Garry Owen (Bill Poster)

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