Saturday, December 26, 2015

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Academy Awards, USA 1947

Best Picture
Best Actor in a Leading Role
James Stewart
Best Director
Frank Capra
Best Sound, Recording
John Aalberg (RKO Radio SSD)
Best Film Editing
William Hornbeck

RKO Radio Pictures
Directed by Frank Capra
My rating: 4 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Paramount)

Small town boy Jimmy Stewart dreams of traveling the world but instead gets saddled with running the family's barely profitable building and loan business. He raises a family with college sweetheart Donna Reed in a dilapidated mansion. Everything comes crashing down when his business partner loses a large deposit of cash that threatens to ruin him financially and possibly send him to prison. It's up to angel Henry Travers to convince him that it was all worthwhile.  Basically an updating of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, perfectly cast and with an utterly convincing performance by Stewart.

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