Skip to comments.Classic movie It's A Wonderful Life on NBC right now (12/13)
Posted on 12/13/2008 5:07:54 PM PST by lowbridge
As nice as this movie is, I am always reminded of the SNL skit where the whole town kicks the (blank) out of Old Man Potter.
The new Heat Miser vs Cold miser is on as well!
Was worried it was a liberal “redo” when Heat Miser complained that Cold Miser was giving Global Warming a bad name. Cold Miser then responded, well you like to scare people by saying were heading into a new ice age! (Visions of that 1970 newsweek cover all over again! LOL)
“I’ve been savin’ this for a divorce if I ever gets a husband...”
LOL, Bert and Ernie on right now.
Timely, too, given the current banking crisis. That was one S&L that the regulators should have shut down.
This is my favorite movie of all time.
Wonder how that one got past the censors.
I put my DVD on instead of getting stuck with all the dumb commercials. My fav. movie also.
I’ve still got it on VHS. Watch it every Christmas Eve along with White Christmas. Ritual at my house!
At least George Bailey didn’t ask Obama for a bailout and sue the bank for losing his money.
Get out your hankies. Also, a little vinegar is best for removing syrup stains.
Pay attention, and you’ll notice that it starts snowing again at the instant George utters the word “God” when asking to live again on the bridge. It’s little touches like that that make this movie a must-see for me every CHRISTmas.
Capra was a believing Catholic, so we shouldn’t be surprised.
It is weird but I felt like someone in my family had died.
Not too long before he died some radio channel had a contest to guess who was their guest.
They gave some clues and finally someone guessed Jimmy Steward.
They got to chat with him awhile on the radio.
The winner asked if his little daughter could talk to him and he said yes.
She wanted to know how Zuzu was doing?
You know angcat, you really did have a wonderful life! Now, will you and your husband join me for drinks at Martini’s after we beat up old man Potter?
I would love to kick Potters ass, and yes I would love to have a Martini with you!
No one does the charleston anymore.
My ‘spousal unit’ it watching it in bed....snuggled up with a brew. I’m on here. Kids are winding down for bed. LOL!
Just got back from a Christmas rehearsal at church. A couple of friends and I were discussing the lack of ‘Christmas cheer and Spirit’ that seems to hang over our community at the moment. Really sad. We’re just not ‘into it’ this year. People are very worried. :(
If that happened, Bedford Falls would have been replaced with Potterville.
Love that line in the movie.
Sorry to hear that. I will be missing the caroling in Palmer Square (Princeton, NJ) this year. Hope they have a large turnout, as usual.
Hope so, too.
When is NBC going to let this movie go back to the public domain so that people can watch this wonderful movie any time of the year?
I remember seeing the movie as a 15 year old, and thinking that Potterville seemed like a pretty cool place. ;-)
Actually its not up to NBC. Its up to RKO:
Liberty Films was purchased by Paramount Pictures, and remained a subsidiary until 1951. Paramount owned the film until 1955, when they sold a few of their features and most of their cartoons and shorts to television distributor U.M.&M. TV. Corporation. This included key rights to It’s a Wonderful Life, including the original television syndication rights, the original nitrate film elements, the music score, and the story on which the film is based, The Greatest Gift. National Telefilm Associates (NTA) took over the rights to the U.M.& M. library soon afterward.
However, a clerical error at NTA prevented the copyright from being renewed properly in 1974. Despite the lapse in copyright, television stations that aired it still were required to pay royalties. Although the film’s images had entered the public domain, the film’s story was still protected by virtue of it being a derivative work of the published story “The Greatest Gift,” whose copyright was properly renewed by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1971. The film became a perennial holiday favorite in the 1980s, possibly due to its repeated showings each holiday season. It was sometimes mentioned during the deliberations on the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.
In 1993, Republic Pictures, which was the successor to NTA, relied on the 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Stewart v. Abend (which involved another Stewart film, Rear Window) to enforce its claim of copyright. While the film’s copyright had not been renewed, it was a derivative work of various works that were still copyrighted. As a result, the film is no longer shown as much on television (NBC is currently licensed to show the film on U.S. network television, and only shows it traditionally twice during the holidays, with one showing primarily on Christmas Eve from 8-11 Eastern time) and now Paramount (via parent company Viacom’s 1998 acquisition of Republic’s then-parent, Spelling Entertainment) once again has ancillary rights for the first time since 1955.
Due to all the above transactions, this is one of the few RKO films not controlled by Turner Entertainment/Warner Bros. in the USA.
There is one redeeming factor in that Turner did not get the film.
At least they did not colorize it and ruin it.
OH too good! Ours is Scrooge with Alistair Sim Black and White on Christmas eve after Mass with the kiddies, some eggnog and crackers pepperoni and cheese. YEE HAW my favorite night of the year with the kiddies and DH.
"Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?"
"George Bailey? What's he want?"
"A toast... to my big brother, George. The richest man in town!"
The first 15 minutes is The Night Before Christmas, and the second 15 minutes is The Navitity.
It's a 1940-1950's marionette show sponsored by Bell Telephone.
I loved it as a kid and I swear I still don't see the strings.
I am truly ashamed to admit that I bought a colorized version on VHS many years ago. Watched about five minutes once, then turned the color off and watched the rest in glorious B&W. :)
I wonder if they had senators like Chuckie Schumer talkin down banks back then?.
Those are good ones! If you ever get the chance, watch Christmas In Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan. Also, Meet Me In St Louis with Judy Garland and Leon Ames.
LOL, Meet me in St. Louis is already in my vhs library LOL, hubby got it for me years ago after making fun of me while watching it on TV way back in the day when I was 22. The King and I is also a HUGE fave! Great to talk to people with real taste in classics :)
Those look tasty!
I think you could give Martha Stewart a run for her money.
I miss those great actors...all class acts
Some of the best movies are the old ones. I have tons of them in my collection!
My college mentor was a professor who lived in my neighborhood.
When he passed away the family sold lots of his things
I bought one of his Bric-a-Brac Year Books (Princeton University)
I was going through the pages and there were photos of a young Jimmy Stewart.
I'm 50 years old and have seen this movie a half dozen times and I STILL hate it. I love Jimmy Stewart but this film is simply too dark for Christmas.
(LC sitting safe in his flame suit)
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