It's a wonderful life

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children are insufficient when George, faced with an $8000 shortage in his books, becomes a likely candidate for prison thanks to the vengeful Potter. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. After a nightmarish odyssey through a George Bailey-less Bedford Falls (now a glorified slum called Potterville), wherein none of his friends or family recognize him, George is made to realize how many lives he has touched, and helped, through his existence; and, just as Clarence had planned, George awakens to the fact that, despite all its deprivations, he has truly had a wonderful life. Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films, It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run, when it was percieved as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life. Only after it lapsed into the public domain in 1973 and became a Christmastime TV perennial did it don the mantle of a holiday classic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID888fe8ff-e6d4-7e89-bab3-6287189d1d2a
Grouping Titleit s a wonderful life
Grouping Authorliberty films
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2019-10-13 02:34:17AM
Last Indexed2019-10-13 03:02:53AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
auth_author2Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954,
Barrymore, Lionel, 1878-1954.
Bond, Ward, 1903-1960,
Bondi, Beulah, 1892-1981,
Bondi, Beulah, 1892-1981.
Capra, Frank, 1897-1991,
Capra, Frank, 1897-1991.
Faylen, Frank, 1905-1985,
Goodrich, Frances,
Goodrich, Frances.
Grahame, Gloria,
Grahame, Gloria.
Hackett, Albert,
Hackett, Albert.
Mitchell, Thomas, 1892-1962,
Mitchell, Thomas, 1892-1962.
Reed, Donna, 1921-1986,
Reed, Donna, 1921-1986.
Stern, Philip Van Doren, 1900-1984.
Stewart, James, 1908-1997,
Stewart, James, 1908-1997.
Swerling, Jo, 1897-1964,
Tiomkin, Dimitri, 1894-1979,
Tiomkin, Dimitri, 1894-1979.
Travers, Henry, 1874-1965,
Travers, Henry, 1874-1965.
Walker, Joseph B.,
Warner, H. B. 1876-1958,
author2-roleBarrymore, Lionel,1878-1954,actor.
Barrymore, Lionel,1878-1954.
Bond, Ward,1903-1960,actor.
Bondi, Beulah,1892-1981,actor.
Bondi, Beulah,1892-1981.
Capra, Frank,1897-1991,director,producer,writer.
Capra, Frank,1897-1991.
Faylen, Frank,1905-1985,actor.
Goodrich, Frances,writer.
Goodrich, Frances.
Grahame, Gloria,actor.
Grahame, Gloria.
Hackett, Albert,writer.
Hackett, Albert.
Liberty Films.
Mitchell, Thomas,1892-1962,actor.
Mitchell, Thomas,1892-1962.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
RKO Radio Pictures.
Reed, Donna,1921-1986,actor.
Reed, Donna,1921-1986.
Stern, Philip Van Doren,1900-1984.
Stern, Philip Van Doren,1900-1984.Greatest gift.
Stewart, James,1908-1997,actor.
Stewart, James,1908-1997.
Swerling, Jo,1897-1964,actor.
Tiomkin, Dimitri,1894-1979,composer.
Tiomkin, Dimitri,1894-1979.
Travers, Henry,1874-1965,actor.
Travers, Henry,1874-1965.
Walker, Joseph B.,cinematographer.
Warner, H. B.1876-1958,actor.
author_display
available_at_catalogCarmichael
Elk Grove
Franklin
North Natomas
Pocket-Greenhaven
South Natomas
Wanderer Bookmobile
detailed_location_catalogArden-Dimick
Carmichael
Elk Grove
Franklin
McKinley
North Natomas
Pocket-Greenhaven
Rio Linda
South Natomas
Wanderer Bookmobile
display_descriptionGeorge Bailey is not having a good day. His life in the sleepy little town of Bedford Falls has been thrown off track, perhaps never to recover. His business has failed, he's wanted by the police, and he's had a fight with his beloved wife Mary. On this disastrous day, his responsibilities and frustrations overwhelm him, leading him to a bridge and serious contemplation of suicide. It's up to an angel named Clarence to convince George that his life has been one of worth and that it's still worth living. After taking a long look at George's life, the angel offers a portrait of what life in Bedford Falls would be like if George had never been born. This classic, sentimental favorite has become a Christmas tradition.
format_catalogDVD
format_category_catalogMovies
id888fe8ff-e6d4-7e89-bab3-6287189d1d2a
isbn141571908
9781415719107
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b22375260.i70886933McKinleyDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseDue Oct 19, 2019mcka
ils:.b22375260.i68880492Pocket-GreenhavenDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseOn Shelfpoca
ils:.b22375260.i6888056xRio LindaDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseDue Oct 15, 2019rioa
ils:.b22375260.i7088691xSouth NatomasDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseOn Shelfnata
ils:.b22375260.i74092182FranklinDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseOn Shelffraa
ils:.b22375260.i68880534Wanderer BookmobileDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseOn Shelfwana
ils:.b22375260.i68880571Elk GroveDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseINVENTORYelka
ils:.b22375260.i70886817Elk GroveDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseOn Shelfelka
ils:.b22375260.i70886957FranklinDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseOn Shelffraa
ils:.b22375260.i70886830North NatomasDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseOn Shelfnnta
ils:.b17970702.i5287509xFolsom AdultFICTION IT'S 19461falsefalseOn Shelffola
ils:.b17970702.i73501451Arden-DimickDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseDue Oct 15, 2019arda
ils:.b17970702.i51470676Folsom AdultFICTION IT'S 19461falsefalseOn Shelffola
ils:.b17970702.i74228304CarmichaelDVD FICTION IT'S A WON1falsefalseOn Shelfcara
ils:.b17970702.i81123747Barber BranchFICTION IT'S1falsefalseOn Shelfbara
itype_catalogADULT FLOATING DVD
FOL DVD Adult 1 week
SUT DVD ADULT
last_indexed2019-10-13T10:02:53.405Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formFiction
literary_form_fullDramas
Fiction
local_callnumber_catalogDVD FICTION IT'S A WON
owning_library_catalogSacramento Public Library
owning_location_catalogArden-Dimick
Carmichael
Elk Grove
Franklin
McKinley
North Natomas
Pocket-Greenhaven
Rio Linda
South Natomas
Wanderer Bookmobile
primary_isbn9781415719107
primary_upc097361313849
publishDate2006
2007
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b22375260DVDMovies2-disc collector's set.EnglishParamount Home Entertainment, 2007.2 videodiscs (130 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
ils:.b17970702DVDMovies60th anniversary ed.EnglishLiberty Films ;c2006.1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b22375260.i70886933Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i68880492On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i6888056xChecked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i7088691xOn ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i74092182On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i68880534On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i68880571Currently UnavailableINVENTORYfalsefalsetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i70886817On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i70886957On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b22375260.i70886830On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b17970702.i5287509xOn ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120
ils:.b17970702.i73501451Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b17970702.i51470676On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120
ils:.b17970702.i74228304On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b17970702.i81123747On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse9999
subject_facetAmerican Film Institute 100 greatest American movies
Angels -- Drama
Christmas films
Christmas plays
Families -- Drama
Fantasy films
Feature films
Films for the hearing impaired
Friendship -- Drama
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
Success -- Drama
Suicidal behavior -- Drama
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_displayIt's a wonderful life
title_fullIt's a wonderful life [videorecording] / Liberty Films presents ; screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra ; produced and directed by Frank Capra
It's a wonderful life [videorecording] / Paramount ; Liberty Films presents an RKO Radio Release ; screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Frank Capra ; additional scenes by Jo Swerling ; produced and directed by Frank Capra
title_shortIt's a wonderful life
topic_facetAngels
Christmas plays
Families
Friendship
Man-woman relationships
Success
Suicidal behavior
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
upc097361313849
097369600149