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Classic movie It's A Wonderful Life on NBC right now (12/13)
12/13/2008

Posted on 12/13/2008 5:07:54 PM PST by lowbridge



TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: christmasmovies; classicmovie; hollywood; jimmystewart; moviereview
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1 posted on 12/13/2008 5:07:55 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
Fave scene is at the end, when Clarence and George go into the bar and are mistaken for being "pixies" by the bartender at Martini's.

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.

2 posted on 12/13/2008 5:12:57 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: lowbridge

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)


3 posted on 12/13/2008 5:13:08 PM PST by icwhatudo
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To: lowbridge


Lamh Foistenach Abu!
4 posted on 12/13/2008 5:15:10 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: lowbridge


What are ya gonna do George?
5 posted on 12/13/2008 5:15:40 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: lowbridge

“I’ve been savin’ this for a divorce if I ever gets a husband...”


6 posted on 12/13/2008 5:16:18 PM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: ConorMacNessa

ZU ZU!!!


7 posted on 12/13/2008 5:16:56 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: lowbridge
I got it on.

LOL, Bert and Ernie on right now.

8 posted on 12/13/2008 5:18:18 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: lowbridge

Timely, too, given the current banking crisis. That was one S&L that the regulators should have shut down.


9 posted on 12/13/2008 5:18:19 PM PST by PAR35
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To: lowbridge

This is my favorite movie of all time.


10 posted on 12/13/2008 5:18:59 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: mware
LOL, "I think I'll go home and see what the wife is doing."

Wonder how that one got past the censors.

11 posted on 12/13/2008 5:19:44 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware

I put my DVD on instead of getting stuck with all the dumb commercials. My fav. movie also.


12 posted on 12/13/2008 5:21:18 PM PST by angcat ("When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe".)
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To: lowbridge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOhxEyPSEoY


13 posted on 12/13/2008 5:21:31 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: lowbridge

I’ve still got it on VHS. Watch it every Christmas Eve along with White Christmas. Ritual at my house!


14 posted on 12/13/2008 5:21:42 PM PST by Ammo Republic 15
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To: mware

At least George Bailey didn’t ask Obama for a bailout and sue the bank for losing his money.


15 posted on 12/13/2008 5:22:38 PM PST by techno
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To: Clemenza

bttt


16 posted on 12/13/2008 5:23:15 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: lowbridge

Get out your hankies. Also, a little vinegar is best for removing syrup stains.


17 posted on 12/13/2008 5:23:38 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: Clemenza

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.


18 posted on 12/13/2008 5:25:49 PM PST by Carlucci
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To: Carlucci

Capra was a believing Catholic, so we shouldn’t be surprised.


19 posted on 12/13/2008 5:27:16 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: techno
I remember when Jimmy Stewart died.

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?

20 posted on 12/13/2008 5:27:56 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: angcat

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?


21 posted on 12/13/2008 5:28:21 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: Clemenza

I would love to kick Potters ass, and yes I would love to have a Martini with you!


22 posted on 12/13/2008 5:29:16 PM PST by angcat ("When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe".)
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To: lowbridge

No one does the charleston anymore.

:-(

LOL


23 posted on 12/13/2008 5:30:32 PM PST by Canedawg ("The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it")
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To: lowbridge
You'll find me yelling at the TV: "Jump Jimmy, jump!"
24 posted on 12/13/2008 5:31:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: Clemenza

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. :(


25 posted on 12/13/2008 5:35:00 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: PAR35
That was one S&L that the regulators should have shut down.

If that happened, Bedford Falls would have been replaced with Potterville.

26 posted on 12/13/2008 5:36:30 PM PST by lowbridge
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LOL, "youth is wasted on the wrong people."

Love that line in the movie.

27 posted on 12/13/2008 5:36:53 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

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.


28 posted on 12/13/2008 5:37:05 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: Clemenza

Hope so, too.


29 posted on 12/13/2008 5:38:51 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: lowbridge

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?


30 posted on 12/13/2008 5:40:21 PM PST by Ge0ffrey
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To: lowbridge

I remember seeing the movie as a 15 year old, and thinking that Potterville seemed like a pretty cool place. ;-)


31 posted on 12/13/2008 5:41:27 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: Ge0ffrey

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.[25] 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.[26] 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.


32 posted on 12/13/2008 5:43:09 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
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.

33 posted on 12/13/2008 5:48:19 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Ammo Republic 15

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.


34 posted on 12/13/2008 5:51:18 PM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: lowbridge
"Mr. Gower, you don't know what you're doing. You put something wrong in those capsules."

...

"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!"

35 posted on 12/13/2008 5:53:32 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: Clemenza
The local PBS channel showedThe Spirit of Christmas earlier this evening.

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.

36 posted on 12/13/2008 5:54:53 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware
There is one redeeming factor in that Turner did not get the film. At least they did not colorize it and ruin it.

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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. :)

37 posted on 12/13/2008 5:56:22 PM PST by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: lowbridge; Brucifer
Holy Moly!

I forgot the popcorn! Dig in folks ...
38 posted on 12/13/2008 5:58:12 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: mware
I can tell you where colorization did work. Cheapo western serials that John Wayne did before John Ford's Stagecoach were actually rescued, you might say, by colorization.
39 posted on 12/13/2008 5:58:54 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: Liberty Valance
I just baked a cake and made some donuts we can all share.

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40 posted on 12/13/2008 6:06:38 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Hmm a run on the bank.

I wonder if they had senators like Chuckie Schumer talkin down banks back then?.

41 posted on 12/13/2008 6:14:25 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: wombtotomb

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.


42 posted on 12/13/2008 6:18:07 PM PST by Ammo Republic 15
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To: Ammo Republic 15

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 :)


43 posted on 12/13/2008 6:32:57 PM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: mware

Those look tasty!

I think you could give Martha Stewart a run for her money.


44 posted on 12/13/2008 6:44:47 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (No bailouts for banks or corporations. The money belongs to the taxpayers.)
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To: mware
I was talking to a retired Navy Seal. He said when Jimmy Stewart died the Navy lost a great friend. He claimed that Jimmy was an incredible pilot. He could fly any thing and if he had never flown it before he could figure it out.....

I miss those great actors...all class acts

45 posted on 12/13/2008 6:54:21 PM PST by Kimmers (We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.)
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To: Ammo Republic 15

Some of the best movies are the old ones. I have tons of them in my collection!


46 posted on 12/13/2008 6:55:35 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Remember the 3 R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: mware

Got Milk?

Looks yumy


47 posted on 12/13/2008 6:56:31 PM PST by Kimmers (We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.)
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To: lowbridge
Quite coincidentally, I was thinking today that if that angel saw me on the bridge, he'd just say, "Go ahead jump, dude!", and the sun wouldn't miss a beat circling around the earth.
48 posted on 12/13/2008 6:57:25 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: Kimmers
Yeap, Jimmy walked the walk when it came to service to country.

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.

49 posted on 12/13/2008 7:01:03 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: lowbridge
(donning flame suit)

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)

50 posted on 12/13/2008 7:03:48 PM PST by LiberConservative ("I would have looked forward to debating anybody." -Sarah Palin)
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