George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money, hides it from Billy, and George's troubles begin.

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  1. Frank Capra

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Albert Hackett


  3. Frances Goodrich


Top Billed Cast

  1. James Stewart

    James Stewart

    George Bailey

  2. Donna Reed

    Donna Reed

    Mary Hatch

  3. Lionel Barrymore

    Lionel Barrymore

    Henry F. Potter

  4. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell

    Uncle Billy Bailey

  5. Henry Travers

    Henry Travers

    Clarence Odbody

  6. Beulah Bondi

    Beulah Bondi

    Ma Bailey

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 10m

Budget $3,180,000.00

Revenue $9,644,124.00

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Release Information

  • December 30, 1946
    NR, Theatrical



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