By Bob Welch
Do you pay a trip to Bedford Falls each Christmas? Does December think incomplete with no reminder that “no guy is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual visitors at your house throughout the vacations, you realize that It’s an excellent Life is way greater than only a festive seasonal movie. It’s a mirrored image of what we will be whilst we’re at our greatest and a reminder that our lives can switch every body round us—for larger or worse. Revisit the defining classes in Frank Capra’s 1946 vintage, and detect new dimensions of the movie you’ve noticeable again and again. What are you able to examine from Mary’s quiet contentedness? Does George’s selflessness make you reconsider your personal priorities? and the way approximately Clarence’s dogged dedication to his project? subscribe to writer Bob Welch for a close-up of the characters and issues that form this pretty tale. You’ll be reminded that life’s most crucial paintings is usually the paintings we by no means deliberate to do and that God can use the most...
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Short-term pain for long-term gain. This is not a rap on Mary, who, by day’s end, will twice be a hero. But it’s George, in this case, who dares to see beyond himself to others, see beyond this moment to the long term, see beyond the fear that whispers, “Run, baby, run” to unlock his latent courage within. And look at the difference he makes. Given what transpires—again, more on that later—it’s fair to say that George and Mary Bailey saved Bedford Falls that afternoon. ” The people lose half of their savings while Potter fattens his pockets.
ERNIE THE CAB DRIVER IT IS A DAY WITH MORE HIGHS AND LOWS THAN A VOLATILE stock market: George and Mary’s wedding day. For starters, it’s raining (low). But who cares? Bedford Falls’ most beloved couple is getting married (high). Ah, but trouble is brewing at the Bailey Building and Loan (low). The bank has called the business’s loan, and Potter, conniving vulture that he is, has positioned himself to take full advantage, offering to pay fifty cents on the dollar if folks will move their money to his bank (another low).
1 Her older brother, Marty—he was in that opening sledding scene, riding his snow shovel down the icy hill just after George—asks for a favor. “You remember my kid sister, Mary? ” George is the responsible type; “born older,” his father says. Why would he want to dance with Marty’s kid sister, that little girl at the soda fountain whom he first addresses as “brainless,” that girl who— Whoa! Suddenly, he sees her. That’s why, he realizes as her soft-focus face looks his way. She’s gorgeous. A flower now fully blossomed.
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