Christmas Eve family activities have never been brighter than at this afternoon screening of James Stewart and Donna Reed in Frank Capra’s holiday masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life at The Crest Theatre.
Get ready to be taken back in time to 1946, the year It’s a Wonderful Life originally premiered on the big screen!
The film is actually a dark, bittersweet post-war tale of a savings-and-loan manager who struggles against a greedy banker and his own self-doubting nature in a small town. Earnest do-gooder George Bailey (James Stewart) recognizes his life as wonderful and truly rich, even in its humdrum and bleak nature, only after suffering many hardships. He is given encouragement by a whimsical, endearing, trainee-angel named Clarence (Henry Travers).
One of the most popular American films of all-time and a perennial holiday favorite, It’s A Wonderful Life was not a huge hit with either critics or audiences when it debuted in December 1946, but was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Jimmy Stewart), and Best Director (Frank Capra). Ranked #11 on the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Films, It’s a Wonderful Life is an indisputable movie classic.
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