It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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

  • Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date: 1946-12-20
  • User Rating: 8.2/10 from 4126 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 10min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Liberty Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Frank Capra
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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
  • Lionel Barrymore

    as Mr. Potter
  • Thomas Mitchell

    as Uncle Billy
  • Henry Travers

    as Clarence
  • Beulah Bondi

    as Mrs. Bailey
  • Frank Faylen

    as Ernie
  • Ward Bond

    as Bert
  • Gloria Grahame

    as Violet
  • H.B. Warner

    as Mr. Gower
  • Frank Albertson

    as Sam Wainwright
  • Todd Karns

    as Harry Bailey
  • Samuel S. Hinds

    as Pa Bailey
  • Mary Treen

    as Cousin Tilly
  • Virginia Patton

    as Ruth Dakin
  • Charles Williams

    as Cousin Eustace
  • Sarah Edwards

    as Mrs. Hatch
  • William Edmunds

    as Mr. Martini
  • Lillian Randolph

    as Annie
  • Argentina Brunetti

    as Mrs. Martini
  • Robert J. Anderson

    as Little George
  • Ronnie Ralph

    as Little Sam
  • Jeanne Gail

    as Little Mary
  • Jeanine Ann Roose

    as Little Violet
  • Danny Mummert

    as Little Marty Hatch
  • Georgie Nokes

    as Little Harry Bailey
  • Sheldon Leonard

    as Nick
  • Frank Hagney

    as Potter's Bodyguard
  • Ray Walker

    as Joe (Luggage Shop)
  • Charles Lane

    as Real Estate Salesman
  • Edward Keane

    as Tom (Bldg. & Loan)
  • Carol Coombs

    as The Bailey Child - Janie
  • Karolyn Grimes

    as The Bailey Child - Zuzu
  • Larry Simms

    as The Bailey Child - Pete
  • Jimmy Hawkins

    as The Bailey Child - Tommy
  • Jean Acker

    as Townswoman (uncredited)
  • Ernie Adams

    as Ed (uncredited)
  • Monya Andre

    as Elderly Woman (uncredited)
  • Stanley Andrews

    as Mr. Welch (uncredited)
  • Sam Ash

    as Nervous Banker (uncredited)
  • Jack Bailey

    as One of Vi's Suitors (uncredited)
  • Louise Bates

    as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
  • Mary Bayless

    as Townswoman (uncredited)
  • Beth Belden

    as Young Girl (uncredited)
  • Brooks Benedict

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

    as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Al Bridge

    as Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Buz Buckley

    as Young Boy (uncredited)
  • Marian Carr

    as Jane Wainwright (uncredited)
  • Adriana Caselotti

    as Singer at Martini's (uncredited)
  • Lane Chandler

    as Policeman (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)
  • Bryn Davis

    as Elderly Woman (uncredited)
  • Lew Davis

    as High School Teacher at Poolside (uncredited)
  • Harry Denny

    as (uncredited)
  • Helen Dickson

    as Woman at Graduation Dance (uncredited)
  • Dick Elliott

    as Man on Porch (uncredited)
  • Tom Fadden

    as Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited)
  • Frank Fenton

    as Violet's Boyfriend (uncredited)
  • Eddie Fetherston

    as Horace (uncredited)
  • Sam Flint

    as Relieved Banker in Potter's Office (uncredited)
  • Lee Frederick

    as (uncredited)
  • Dick Gordon

    as Photographer with Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Jack Gordon

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Herschel Graham

    as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Joseph Granby

    as Elderly Man (voice) (uncredited)
  • Charles Halton

    as Carter (uncredited)
  • Carl Eric Hansen

    as (uncredited)
  • Herbert Heywood

    as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
  • Harry Holman

    as Mr. Partridge (uncredited)
  • Art Howard

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

    as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
  • Arthur Stuart Hull

    as Mr. Randall (uncredited)
  • John Indrisano

    as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
  • Eddie Kane

    as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
  • Carl Kent

    as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Milton Kibbee

    as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
  • Effie Laird

    as Townswoman (uncredited)
  • Mike Lally

    as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
  • Harold Landon

    as Marty Hatch (uncredited)
  • Meade 'Lux' Lewis

    as Pianist in Nick's Place (uncredited)
  • Jack Lomas

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • J. Farrell MacDonald

    as Man Whose Grandfather Planted Tree (uncredited)
  • Irene Mack

    as Townswoman (uncredited)
  • Wilbur Mack

    as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
  • Charles Meakin

    as Elderly Man (uncredited)
  • Priscilla Montgomery

    as Student in Gym (uncredited)
  • Bert Moorhouse

    as Man with Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Evelyn Moriarty

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Philip Morris

    as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
  • George Noisom

    as School Dancer (uncredited)
  • Bob O'Connor

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Frank O'Connor

    as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
  • Lynn O'Leary-Jameson

    as Infant Janie Bailey (uncredited)
  • Moroni Olsen

    as Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)
  • Garry Owen

    as Bill-Poster (uncredited)
  • Netta Packer

    as Elderly Woman (uncredited)
  • Franklin Parker

    as Photographer / Reporter (uncredited)
  • Suzanne Ridgway

    as Nick's Waitress (uncredited)
  • Mark Roberts

    as Mickey (uncredited)
  • Constantine Romanoff

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Cy Schindell

    as Nick's Bouncer (uncredited)
  • Almira Sessions

    as Potter's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Cedric Stevens

    as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Brick Sullivan

    as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
  • Charles Sullivan

    as Nick's Bartender (uncredited)
  • Carl Switzer

    as Freddie Othello (uncredited)
  • Max Wagner

    as Cashier / Nick's Assistant Bouncer (uncredited)
  • Larry Wheat

    as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
  • Charles C. Wilson

    as Charlie (uncredited)
  • Jimmy the Crow

    as Uncle Billy's pet (uncredited)
  • Finn Zirzow

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