It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a wonderful laugh! It's a wonderful love!

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A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

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  • James Stewart

    as George Bailey
  • Donna Reed

    as Mary Hatch Bailey
  • Lionel Barrymore

    as Henry F. Potter
  • Henry Travers

    as Clarence
  • Thomas Mitchell

    as Uncle Billy Bailey
  • Ward Bond

    as Bert
  • Frank Faylen

    as Ernie Bishop
  • Beulah Bondi

    as Ma Bailey
  • Todd Karns

    as Harry Bailey
  • Mary Treen

    as Cousin Tilly
  • Charles Williams

    as Cousin Eustace
  • Gloria Grahame

    as Violet Bick
  • Frank Albertson

    as Sam Wainwright
  • H.B. Warner

    as Mr. Gower
  • Virginia Patton

    as Ruth Dakin Bailey
  • Samuel S. Hinds

    as Peter Bailey
  • Lillian Randolph

    as Annie
  • Sheldon Leonard

    as Nick
  • Sarah Edwards

    as Mrs. Hatch
  • Charles Halton

    as Carter (uncredited)
  • William Edmunds

    as Giuseppe Martini
  • Argentina Brunetti

    as Mrs. Martini
  • Carol Coombs

    as Janie Bailey
  • Karolyn Grimes

    as Zuzu Bailey
  • Larry Simms

    as Pete Bailey
  • Jimmy Hawkins

    as Tommy Bailey
  • Robert J. Anderson

    as Little George
  • Jean Gale

    as Little Mary
  • Jeanine Ann Roose

    as Little Violet
  • Ronnie Ralph

    as Little Sam
  • Georgie Nokes

    as Little Harry Bailey
  • Danny Mummert

    as Little Marty Hatch
  • Frank Hagney

    as Potter's Bodyguard
  • Ray Walker

    as Joe at Luggage Shop
  • Charles Lane

    as Real Estate Salesman
  • Jean Acker

    as Townswoman (uncredited)
  • Sam Ash

    as Nervous Banker (uncredited)
  • Brooks Benedict

    as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
  • Joseph E. Bernard

    as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Ernie Adams

    as Ed (uncredited)
  • Edward Keane

    as Tom at Building & Loan
  • Stanley Andrews

    as Mr. Welch (uncredited)
  • Al Bridge

    as Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Marian Carr

    as Jane Wainwright (uncredited)
  • Adriana Caselotti

    as Singer at Martini's (uncredited)
  • Michael Chapin

    as Young George's Friend (uncredited)
  • Tom Chatterton

    as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Jack Cheatham

    as Cop Arresting Violet (uncredited)
  • Harry Cheshire

    as Dr. Campbell (uncredited)
  • Edward Clark

    as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
  • Tom Coleman

    as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
  • Ellen Corby

    as Ms. Davis (uncredited)
  • Lew Davis

    as High School Teacher at Poolside (uncredited)
  • Helen Dickson

    as Woman at Graduation Dance (uncredited)
  • Dick Elliott

    as Man on Porch (uncredited)
  • Tom Fadden

    as Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited)
  • Jack Bailey

    as One of Vi's Suitors (uncredited)
  • Frank Fenton

    as Violet's Boyfriend (uncredited)
  • Eddie Fetherston

    as Horace (uncredited)
  • Sam Flint

    as Relieved Banker in Potter's Office (uncredited)
  • Dick Gordon

    as Photographer with Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Harry Holman

    as Mr. Partridge (uncredited)
  • Carl Switzer

    as Freddie Othello (uncredited)
  • Garry Owen

    as Bill-Poster (uncredited)
  • J. Farrell MacDonald

    as Man Whose Grandfather Planted Tree (uncredited)
  • Moroni Olsen

    as Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)
  • Harold Landon

    as Marty Hatch (uncredited)
  • Arthur Stuart Hull

    as Mr. Randall (uncredited)
  • Mark Roberts

    as Mickey (uncredited)
  • Charles C. Wilson

    as Charlie (uncredited)
  • Milton Kibbee

    as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
  • Art Howard

    as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
  • Bert Howard

    as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
  • Herbert Heywood

    as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
  • Eddie Kane

    as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
  • Mike Lally

    as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
  • Wilbur Mack

    as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
  • Philip Morris

    as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
  • Meade 'Lux' Lewis

    as Pianist in Nick's Place (uncredited)
  • Suzanne Ridgeway

    as Nick's Waitress (uncredited)
  • Cy Schindell

    as Nick's Bouncer (uncredited)
  • Jack Gordon

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Jack Lomas

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Bob O'Connor

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Constantine Romanoff

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • John Indrisano

    as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
  • Effie Laird

    as Townswoman (uncredited)
  • Bert Moorhouse

    as Man with Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Larry Wheat

    as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
  • George Noisom

    as School Dancer (uncredited)
  • Frank O'Connor

    as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
  • Franklin Parker

    as Photographer / Reporter (uncredited)
  • Charles Sullivan

    as Nick's Bartender (uncredited)
  • Almira Sessions

    as Potter's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Brick Sullivan

    as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
  • Max Wagner

    as Cashier / Nick's Assistant Bouncer (uncredited)
  • Lane Chandler

    as (uncredited)
  • Monya Andre

    as (uncredited)
  • Buz Buckley

    as (uncredited)
  • Lee Frederick

    as (uncredited)
  • Harry Denny

    as (uncredited)
  • Herschel Graham

    as (uncredited)
  • Carl Kent

    as (uncredited)
  • Charles Meakin

    as (uncredited)
  • Netta Packer

    as (uncredited)
  • Cedric Stevens

    as (uncredited)
  • Joseph Granby

    as (voice) (uncredited)
Writing Frank Capra Screenplay
Directing Frank Capra Director
Production Frank Capra Producer
Sound Dimitri Tiomkin Original Music Composer
Costume & Make-Up Gordon Bau Makeup Artist
Sound Clem Portman Sound
Crew Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Art William Cameron Menzies Art Direction
Camera Joseph F. Biroc Director of Photography
Crew Michael Wilson Additional Writing
Art Emile Kuri Set Decoration
Writing Philip Van Doren Stern Original Story
Camera Joseph Walker Director of Photography
Editing William Hornbeck Editor
Art Jack Okey Art Direction
Writing Frances Goodrich Screenplay
Writing Albert Hackett Screenplay
Crew Jo Swerling Additional Writing
Crew Lila Finn Stunts
Costume & Make-Up Eugene Joseff Costume Design
Sound Richard Van Hessen Sound
Directing Arthur S. Black Jr. Assistant Director
Crew Daniel Hays Special Effects
Sound Paul Marquardt Orchestrator
Camera Phil Stern Still Photographer
Sound John Aalberg Sound
Visual Effects Russell Shearman Special Effects Supervisor
Lighting Homer Plannette Gaffer