Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Ranked as the #1 Most Inspirational Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute (2006).
Mr. Emil Gower:
I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father.
Giuseppe Martini: Joseph, Jesus and Mary. Help my friend, Mr. Bailey.
Ma Bailey: Help my son, George, tonight.
Bert: He never thinks about himself, God, that's why he's in trouble.
Ernie Bishop: George is a good guy. Give him a break, God.
(at 2:06:07) (2007 DVD), 'The Bells of Saint Mary's" (1945) is playing at the Bijou Theatre. It premiered in New York City 12/6/1945, and was actually released 12/27/1945 to the first-run, big-city theatre circuit, and would not have been playing the neighborhood, small-town theatre circuit this early (Christmas Eve, 1945).
A ringing facsimile of the Liberty Bell (without the crack) forms the backdrop for the studio logo, which is Liberty Films, and the opening credits are in a scrapbook with Christmas decorations. The bell reappears before the end credits, and the end credits have a Christmas card picture as a backdrop.
The film was colorized three times. The first colorized version of the film was produced by Hal Roach Studios (now Sonar Entertainment), the second by Republic Pictures. A third colorization of the film was produced by Legend Films for Paramount, the film's current copyright holder, in 2007.
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