Classic Movie Hub (CMH)
 

It's a Wonderful Life Overview:

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) was a Drama - Family Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra.

The film was based on the short story The Greatest Gift written by Philip Van Doren Stern published in Reader's Scope & Good Housekeeping and as a Novel (1943 (magazine) and 1944 (novel)).

It's a Wonderful Life was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJames StewartNominated
Best DirectorFrank CapraNominated
Best Film EditingWilliam HornbeckNominated
Best PictureLiberty FilmsNominated
.

BlogHub Articles:

It's a Wonderful Life

By Amanda Garrett on Dec 19, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing It's a Wonderful Life (1946), a classic Christmas movie that I think avid cinephiles will love. This article is part of the A Movie Gift to You blogathon hosted by Movie Movie Blog Blog Are you an avid cinephile? Are you a devotee of the works of Ozu, Bergman, and Fellini... Read full article


GlamAmor-ous Holidays--Always Remember IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

on Dec 19, 2013 From GlamAmor

Though many point to 1939 as "The Greatest Year in the History of Hollywood," I always remind people to celebrate 1946 as well. For a film noir fan like myself, the quality is virtually unparalleled--Gilda, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Big Sleep, The Blue Dahlia, The Killers, and Notorious a... Read full article


Who's watching "It's a Wonderful Life"?

By Caftan Woman on Dec 13, 2013 From Caftan Woman

Christmas traditions include stories. It starts with the Gospel of Luke and the first Christmas story. From 1843 we have Dickens' immortal tale of redemption and charity in A Christmas Carol. Over the years many movies have added to our emotional connection to the holiday and none more so than 19... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

By Jennifer Garlen on Dec 5, 2012 From Virtual Virago

The vast array of memorabilia that has sprung up around It's a Wonderful Life (1946) over the last two decades tends to support the general sense of the holiday staple as the ultimate example of director Frank Capra's corny sentimentality, strengthening that idea we have of the movie being all about... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

By Jennifer Garlen on Dec 5, 2012 From Virtual Virago

The vast array of memorabilia that has sprung up around It's a Wonderful Life (1946) over the last two decades tends to support the general sense of the holiday staple as the ultimate example of director Frank Capra's corny sentimentality, strengthening that idea we have of the movie being all about... Read full article


See all It's a Wonderful Life articles

Quotes from

George Bailey: I wanna live again!


Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.


Mrs. Hatch: [calling from upstairs] Mary, who's down there with you?
Mary: It's George Bailey, mother!
Mrs. Hatch: Well, what does he want?
Mary: I don't know!
[to George]
Mary: What do you want?
George Bailey: What do I want? Why, I'm just here to get warm, that's all!
Mary: [calling up] He's making violent love to me, mother!


read more quotes from It's a Wonderful Life...

Facts about

At $3.7 million, this was a very expensive independent production. In its initial box office run, it only earned $3.3 million.
James Stewart cited George Bailey as being his favorite character. The part was originally developed at another studio with Cary Grant earmarked for the role. When Frank Capra inherited the project, he rewrote it to suit Stewart.
Frank Capra: [Jimmy the Raven] this bird appeared in all of Frank Capra's movies.
read more facts about It's a Wonderful Life...
Share this page:
book or play


See All Film Adaptations >>
Best Picture Oscar 1946






See more Best Picture awards>>
Related Travel Sites


See All Related Sites >>
National Film Registry

It's a Wonderful Life

Released 1946
Inducted 1990
(Sound)




See All Films in National Registry >>
Also directed by Frank Capra




More about Frank Capra >>
Also produced by Frank Capra




More about Frank Capra >>
Related Lists
Create a list




See All Related Lists >>
Also released in 1946




See All 1946 films >>
More "Book-Based" films



See All "Book-Based" films >>
More "Christmas" films



See All "Christmas" films >>
More "Husband Wife" films



See All "Husband Wife" films >>
More "Integrity" films



See All "Integrity" films >>
error