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It's a Wonderful Life (20-Dec-1946)

Director: Frank Capra

Writers: Frances Goodrich; Albert Hackett; Frank Capra; Jo Swerling

From short story: The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern

Keywords: Drama, Christmas, Angels

Businessman George Bailey's ambitions are hampered by circumstance; during a dark moment he is visited by an angel who shows him the world as it would be had he never been born. Over time, this box office failure has evolved into a perennial Christmas masterpiece. Received 5 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Entered 1990 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Frank Albertson
2-Feb-1909 29-Feb-1964 American character actor
Lionel Barrymore
28-Apr-1878 15-Nov-1954 Young Dr. Kildare
Ward Bond
9-Apr-1903 5-Nov-1960 Wagon Train
Beulah Bondi
3-May-1888 1-Jan-1981 Make Way for Tomorrow
Frank Faylen
8-Dec-1905 2-Aug-1985 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Gloria Grahame
28-Nov-1923 5-Oct-1981 The Bad and the Beautiful
Jimmy Hawkins
13-Nov-1941   The Donna Reed Show
Samuel S. Hinds
4-Apr-1875 13-Oct-1948 It's a Wonderful Life
Charles Lane
26-Jan-1905 9-Jul-2007 Grumpy character actor
Sheldon Leonard
22-Feb-1907 10-Jan-1997 Nick the Bartender
Thomas Mitchell
11-Jul-1892 17-Dec-1962 Gerald O'Hara in Gone with the Wind
Lillian Randolph
14-Dec-1898 12-Sep-1980 Birdie on The Great Gildersleeve
Donna Reed
27-Jan-1921 14-Jan-1986 The Donna Reed Show
Jimmy Stewart
20-May-1908 2-Jul-1997 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Henry Travers
5-Mar-1874 18-Oct-1965 It's a Wonderful Life
Mary Treen
27-Mar-1907 29-Jul-1989 It's A Wonderful Life
H. B. Warner
26-Oct-1875 21-Dec-1958 The King of Kings


Jimmy Stewart   ...   George Bailey
Donna Reed   ...   Mary Hatch Bailey
Lionel Barrymore   ...   Mr. Potter
Thomas Mitchell   ...   Uncle William Bailey
Henry Travers   ...   Clarence Oddbody
Beulah Bondi   ...   Ma Bailey
Frank Faylen   ...   Ernie Bishop (taxi driver)
Ward Bond   ...   Officer Bert
Gloria Grahame   ...   Violet Bick
H. B. Warner   ...   Mr. Gower (druggist)
Frank Albertson   ...   Sam Wainwright
Todd Karns   ...   Harry Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds   ...   Peter Bailey (Pa)
Mary Treen   ...   Cousin Tilly
Virginia Patton   ...   Ruth Dakin Bailey
Charles Williams   ...   Cousin Eustace
Sarah Edwards   ...   Mrs. Hatch
Bill Edmunds   ...   Mr. Martini (bar owner)
Lillian Randolph   ...   Anne (maid)
Argentina Brunetti   ...   Mrs. Martini
Bobbie Anderson   ...   Little George
Ronnie Ralph   ...   Little Sam
Jean Gale   ...   Young Mary
Jeanine Ann Roose   ...   Little Violet
Danny Mummert   ...   Little Marty Hatch
Georgie Nokes   ...   Little Harry Bailey
Sheldon Leonard   ...   Nick (bartender)
Frank Hagney   ...   Mr. Potter's bodyguard
Ray Walker   ...   Joe (salesman)
Charles Lane   ...   Rent collector
Edward Keane   ...   Tom
Carol Coomes   ...   Janie Bailey
Karolyn Grimes   ...   Zuzu Bailey
Larry Simms   ...   Peter Bailey (son)
Jimmy Hawkins   ...   Tommy Bailey


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