It Can Be A Wonderful Life

If we make it so.

Watching a bit of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I’m struck by how desperately we need more of the spirit of George and Mary Bailey.

Incidentally, Jimmy Stewart is one of the old school actors I most admire. He made that film in 1946, immediately after returning from decorated combat service as a pilot in the ETO of WWII. I’ve read that his emotional breakdown scenes in the film were both aided by and cathartic for his emotional and psychological trauma from the war.

All I know for sure is that the Baileys in the movie and Stewart himself in life provide great examples of decency, character, humility, strength, and resolve of which we are in desperate need. Classics are often dismissed as trite cliche, but in the case of both “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the life of Jimmy Stewart, “classic” is a well-deserved honorific.

If you’ve never watched it, or haven’t watched it in years, you definitely should.

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