It’s A Wonderful Life: An American Classic

A Sal St. George Lecture

James Stewart and Frank Capra repeatedly proclaimed this holiday classic to be their personal favorite.

This presentation will explore: Where did the story originate? Is it true the story began as a Christmas card? Who were the original stars considered for the roles? How did 1946 audiences respond to the film? Why was James Stewart reluctant to portray George? We will also review Capra’s favorite character actors in the film. (Did you spot one of the Little Rascals in a key role?) What were the circumstances that turned an obscure lost film into a national treasure?

We will examine the complex backstory of how It’s a Wonderful Life came to fruition. You will learn these facts…and much more.

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