On May 18, 1897, Frank Capra was born. This iconic movie director brought to life some of the most beloved movies of all time. The Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life is one of his many achievements.
George Bailey’s life is closely followed by his guardian angel Clarence. Clarence watches as George prevents many tragedies, like the pharmacist killing kids and his brother dying. Throughout George’s life he ends up giving up a trip to Europe to protect his father’s business from being taken over by the towns greedy banker Mr. Potter. George knows Mr. Potter’s games and does not let him get the best of him. This is shown after George marries his sweetheart Mary, when the two give up their honeymoon to save people from debt when the stock market in 1929 crashes. As the years go by we learn that George and Mary have built a happy home with children. On the day that George’s brother is set to come home after receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II a large sum of money is lost. The money was used for Bailey Park, affordable housing. By coincidence the night is Christmas Eve, and with the money being lost George goes to Potter for help. However, Potter who has all of the money, decides to call the police on George. Upset, George returns home only to learn that his youngest daughter is sick and yells at the teacher on the phone. Angrily, George throws a fit upsetting his family. He runs out eventually jumping in the river after a man. That man turns out to be Clarence who shows George what life would be like without him. He learns that Potter runs the town with everyone who he knows and loves being bitter and angry. Eventually, George ends up coming back. Upon his return home many people show up donating the money to George for what he needs. From there the bell rings on the tree, showing that Clarence has gotten his wings. Blessed and faith reassured, George looks up with his family knowing that everything is going to be okay.
It’s A Wonderful Life is a true classic. The synopsis of this film is simple, yet inspiring. Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897 only to become a rags to riches story with movies like this on. In this film, he is able to bring a beloved story to life that is beloved by many.