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Fans of Jimmy "Aw, Shucks" Stewart.

The stutter, the everyman, the brilliant actor. If you're even a mild fan of the man or love catching IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE every Christmastime, join in. Discussions aren't just welcome, they're encouraged.

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Jimmy and the IMDb

Started by raymie Sep 25, 2010. 0 Replies

What is your Favorite western of Stewart's?

Started by M.T. Fisher. Last reply by Mary Hatch Feb 2, 2010. 13 Replies

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Comment by Mary Hatch on December 30, 2009 at 3:07pm
I agree--he wasn't a failure, he just thought he was a failure. But I still think the moral fits, because during the film, George sees his friends ( for instance, Sam ) go off to college and go places, and as Potter put so plainly, feels trapped. It's really striking when you see George angrily kick the door of his jalopy closed after he and Mary met up with Sam and his wife. He felt really bad because Sam has this brand-new car and a chauffeur, and his wife is wearing the finest clothes and a fur coat. A few scenes later, he's asking Mary why she didn't marry Sam, implying that he felt as if he were a failure of a husband. All the while, the real failure was Potter. Yes, he was filthy rich, but he didn't have any friends or family who loved him, or nearly as much as a wonderful and fulfilling life that George had. The point of Clarence's message was to remind George that having a wonderful family and friends while not going out and seeing the world did not make him a failure.
Comment by Robert Florczak on December 29, 2009 at 8:28pm
The only problem I've ever had with this great classic--and I mentioned this to Stewart--is that the moral at the end of the film is a nonsequitur. The sentiment states "No man is a failure who has friends". But George Bailey's frustration in life, as depicted in the film, is not failure, but that he never lived the full life he'd always hoped for. Every time he wanted to go away to school, or travel out of Bedford Falls ("I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum!"), something would get in the way until one day he realizes he's trapped and will never leave ("Why do we have to have all these kids?"). So, to be consistent, he would either have to have been portrayed as continually failing in work or business--in which case the moral would apply--or the moral would have to have been changed to something like "Having a wonderful family and friends can be as life fulfilling as seeing the world." Clumsy, I know, but it makes more sense. Still, a fabulous film, and my all-time favorite film. Btw, JS agreed with me!
Comment by Mary Hatch on December 29, 2009 at 3:51pm
I did notice that, and I was wondering what it was, too. To me it looks like a keychain ( if you pause and zoom in there does appear to be a chain hanging from the top of the skull ) or a paperweight, but I'm not sure. It was a nice touch by Capra, though. Whenever I watch IAWL, I always see something new.
Comment by Kristine Sader on December 28, 2009 at 7:47pm
Has anyone noticed the skull on Mr. Potter's desk in It's A Wonderful Life? What is it? I am thinking that it might be a match striker, but I wondered if anyone knew for sure. This is the first year that I have noticed it, and I thought that the choice was an interesting one considering Potter's personality.
Comment by Mary Hatch on December 27, 2009 at 12:06pm
Haha wouldn't we all? It'd make a wonderful bonus feature ( no pun intended ) on the DVD. But alas it's probably lost to time :(.
Comment by Michael Joseph Pieper on December 26, 2009 at 9:01pm
I'd love to get a hold of that censored Kissing take. Though the one that made it into the picture was pretty HOT and STEAMY as it was.
Comment by Mary Hatch on December 26, 2009 at 5:49pm
Yeah, I agree. Even though I loved Jean with Jimmy in You Can't Take It With You and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, I think that Donna Reed brought a real warmth to that role. My favorite scene of theirs is the now-famous telephone scene. The expressions on both of their faces and Jimmy's acting ( as well as Donna's ) make the scene very believable. And then it just gets even better when George drops the phone and passionately protests that he doesn't want to get married. When he sees her crying he has no choice but to enfold her in a tearful embrace. Very touching.

Here's a bit of useless trivia for you: It was Jimmy's first romantic scene after the war, and he was actually quite nervous about it. It turned out that he skipped 12 pages of dialogue during the scene, and the kiss had to be censored because it got so passionate. Way to go JImmy!
Comment by Kristine Sader on December 26, 2009 at 1:41pm
I love You Can't Take It With You, and I generally watch it, and Shop Around The Corner, after New Year's. F.Y.I. Jean Arthur was considerd for Mary Hatch but I think Mr. Capra had the right girl with Donna Reed. The casting was perfect.
Comment by Mary Hatch on December 22, 2009 at 7:20pm
Haha, well I have a habit to watch my favorites of Jimmy's movies before IAWL comes on. Today I actually watched "You Can't Take It With You". Not only is it hilarious, but the story and messages are great. Jimmy and Jean Arthur were adorable together!
Comment by Kristine Sader on December 21, 2009 at 9:09pm
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington? As Mary Hatch, you should know that this is the time of year to watch It's Wonderful Life. LOL The Thin Man movie with Mr. Stewart was awesome, and what a twist!! Thanks for the info. :)
 

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