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Jimmy Hawkins - Tommy Bailey
Carl Switzer - Freddie Othello (Cameo)
Screenplay/Producer/Director - Frank Capra
Story - Phillip Van Doren Stern
Screenplay - Frances Goodrich and
Additional Scenes - Jo Swerling
Contributor to Screenplay - Michael Wilson (Uncredited)
Art Director - Jack Okey
Costumes - Edward Stevenson
Directors of Photography - Joseph F. Biroc,
Joseph Walker and Victor Milner
Special Photographic Effects - Russell A. Calley
Film Editor - William Hornbeck
Music - Dimitri Tiomkin
1947 Academy Awards
Best Picture (Nominated)
Best Director - Frank Capra (Nominated)
Best Actor in a Leading Role - James Stewart (Nominated)
Best Sound, Recording - John Aalberg (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - William Hornbeck (Nominated)
Season's greetings, everyone! If there is one movie I have to review before the end of Christmas, it'll have to be IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE which is said as one of the holiday's greatest movies by many critics. Since then, the film has gone to become a timeless classic and is considered by anyone who have seen it. I have never been anxious to watch this golden oldie for the first time before Christmas Eve and many years, I have been dying to see it of its original story not unlike those television episodes and other movies that parody its conception. Personally, I would have find IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE to be quite melodramatic just because the film isn't that endearing, but it has its special meaning and value that we've all learned from our experiences that the greatest gift is life. The late Frank Capra is a fabulous director who uses his creative philosophies to get at where he is at and he said that it was his own personal favourite but this is his last great picture to date and what a shame, there is to all of us.
Fortunately, the acting of this film doesn't mire it down completely with such notable names as James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. I heard so much about James and his versatility but I never knew that he would act like this as his character starts as an optimist to a very troubled soul who is at its wit's end. I knew this is too good to be true but James Stewart is the movie's best actor and its good luck charm.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE may still remain in our hearts as a cultural heritage and a holiday classic that most young people wouldn't have remembered it when they remained unaware of its existence. Eventually, I'll get around of watching it on next Christmas and you should too when you wait until the twelfth month reaches.