Paramount at the Movies Presents: It’s A Wonderful Life [PG]
Movies | 12/22/2019 | 7:00PM
Return to Bedford Falls and relive the magic and wonder of director Frank Capra’s heartwarming and enchanting holiday tale, It’s a Wonderful Life, as it plays on the Big Screen at The Paramount Theater this holiday season!
After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.
Despite its initially poor performance due to high production costs and stiff competition, the Motion Picture Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saw fit to nominate It’s a Wonderful Life for five Oscars. With the considerable boost from over forty years of television screenings, the film has gone on to become one of the most inspirational and beloved movies in American cinema. It has since been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American Films ever made.
Did You Know?
- For the scene that required Donna Reed to throw a rock through the window of the Granville house, director Frank Capra hired a marksman to shoot it out on cue. To everyone’s amazement, Reed broke the window by herself. She had played baseball in high school and had a strong throwing arm.
- As Uncle Billy drunkenly leaves the Bailey home, it sounds as if he stumbles into some trash cans on the sidewalk. In fact, a crew member dropped a large tray of props right after Thomas Mitchell went off-screen. James Stewart began laughing, and Mitchell quickly improvised, “I’m alright, I’m okay!” Director Frank Capra decided to use this take in the final cut and gave the stagehand a $10 bonus for “improving the sound.”
- The gym floor that opens in the middle to reveal the swimming pool beneath at Beverly Hills High School In Beverly Hills, CA is real and is still in regular use.
- Director Frank Capra often said that this was his favorite of all his films.