Skip to comments.JUMP, GEORGE, JUMP!
Posted on 11/25/2007 1:17:12 PM PST by mware
While watching the new colorization of It's a Wonderful Life" on DVD - this time they got it right; no longer do you get the feeling you're watching a black-and-white film through stained glass - I thought: you know who would love this? Why, that visionary American innovator Henry F. Potter. That's right, Mr. Potter - the unsung hero of It's a Wonderful Life," the canny businessman who tried (and, alas, failed) to turn boring, repressed Bedford Falls - a town full of drunks, child beaters, vandals and racial and sexual harassers - into an exciting new destination nightspot called Pottersville
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The world could use a few more George Baily's if you ask me.
George Baily a racist. Who knew????
Brutal, but well done. :)
Not only that - Georgie is obviously profiteering by selling sub-standard houses to scads of illegal immigrants! The man deserves some time in Club Fed. :-)
love the orginal, great movie!!!
Some movies should never be colorized, A Wonderful Life is one of them.
Alas all we keep getting are more Uncle Billy's.
Now we’ve got Mrs. Potter running for President.
I guess we’re so far into the “me” century that people forgot there was a time poeople care about society, the town where they live, their family and their friends. Potter is trying to establish a monopoly so he can charge what he wants and he would have turned Bedford Falls into a taudry sin slum. I guess gambling, prostitution, and drugs mean nothing to this author, who must celebrate the coarsening of public life that has steadily eroded our common decency.
To be honest I don’t know if he just forgot to mention he was being sarcastic or not.
I bet the author forgot to add a /s tag.....or Kyle Smith believes this.....I know not which. I’ll bet on the lack of a /s tag. Wonderful movie, worth watching again, and again.
“This guy didn’t see the same It’s Wonderful Life, that I did.
The world could use a few more George Baily’s if you ask me”
Seems he saw the same one I did.As long as things were going his way, George Bailey was a pillar of the community. Let him screw up and send his addle brained uncle to screw up a deposit and he unwinds. Lie about what happened, attempt a cover up, and when that fails, get drunk and commit suicide.
Not much of a positive message if you ask me.
I’m hoping he was being sarcastic, but I’m not betting on it.
Yes, I agree. It’s ambiance was part of it’s time. :)
Uhhh - is there anything he says that is in error?
I never got that part of the movie. Why was the uncle depositing that money in Potter’s bank?
Not at the expense of the taxpayer they didn't. Of course this 'simpler time' that so many seem to long for, the government wasn't taking much money (if any at all) from your paycheck to make things 'better' for someone else.
Seems to me George did more good than harm.
It was the spirit of the movie that the author missed.
“Now weve got Mrs. Potter running for President.”
LOL - Now THAT’S funny!
Fig. I think that was the point in the movie.
No, the point of the movie is, if you screw up, give up. Everyone will come rushing to your rescue. BS
“Remember, the guy who slugs George in the bar does so in Bedford Falls, not Pottersville.”
IIRC, Clarence brought George back to what he thought was Bedford Falls but it had been named Pottersville. When he went into the bar and no one knew him, it was here that he was slugged by someone. This was in Pottersville, not Bedford Falls. Am I right?
I have a different amnalogy. DemoLiberals are allway going around acting like they are a League of George Baileys’, but if you look at what they actually advocate, what they push...is the world without George...The strip clubs, the thugs, the souless dog kill dog loneliness of Potterville.
The democrats allways talk, like Potter, about how they are the light, and the progress to it. When in fact what they are is the path to abandoning all hope.
I hope Ted Turner is down there too.
Redemption my FRiend, redemption.
Are you sure? Looks like Old Man Potter in an ill-fitting, lumpy suit. ***apologies to the late Lionel Barrymore***
“Seems to me George did more good than harm”
I didn’t say he did any harm. He lived a life that was what was expected, nothing spectacular. When the chips were down though, he takes the cowards way out and is rewarded for it.
And to make matters worse, Potter gets off scott free
At that point in the movie, Potter knew that George did not have the money to balance the accounts and told him that he was worth more dead than alive.
Oh yes! Thank you both so much. I remember now. DOH!
only bank in town
guess they didn't have online backing back then
backing = banking
The author fails to mention that George was out driving drunk and damaging the property of others.
Didn’t they run their own bank?
Baily ran a Saving In Loan.
I much prefer the “lost ending to “it’s a Wonderful Life”
Building and loan, savings and loan - Does the Janitors Savings and Loan keep its money in Wells Fargo?
His brother Harry — he saved his brother Harry from drowning when they were kids in winter — and Harry went on and fought in WW2 as a fighter pilot, shot down bad guys just before it was about to crash into a ship of our guys!
And the pharmacist Mr Gower - who lost his son in war, he was so very upset on news that his son had died in war and almost mistakenly gave a child the wrong medicine which would have poisoned him — but George knew something was wrong, didn’t deliver the meds, saved the boys life and Mr Gower from a fatal mistake.
On it goes.....
And of course Mary would not have been happy if she didn’t get to marry George and have his babies, she would have been stuck in a gloomy library, sad and blue in potterville.. and George’s mom, how sad she would have been living the rest of her life after her son Harry dying as a child.
And who - who would have rehabbed the beautiful old house that Mary and George lived in - Norm Abrams would be happy!
You’re onto something there. It just seems to me that as painful as it may be in the short term, in the long term as a society we are all far better off not subsidizing stupidity, and to add insult to injury, punishing hard work, thrift, playing by the rules, etc. This dynamic is now so pervasive and insidious that it cannot be a matter of accident but of conscious design.
Got to blame that one on Robert Capra.
here is a comment he made about that scene.
The Motion Picture Association of America's strict production code in 1946 censored such phrases and words as "nuts to you", "impotent", "dang", "lousy", and "jerk". But Capra managed to bypass the production code stipulating that criminals be punished for their crime: Potter never met justice for stealing the $8,000. Capra noted several times that he had received more mail about this point than anything else in the film.
“The author fails to mention that George was out driving drunk and damaging the property of others”
And leaving the scene. We never get to see the resolution of these charges
LOL, thanks for sharing.
“His brother Harry he saved his brother Harry from drowning when they were kids in winter and Harry went on and fought in WW2 as a fighter pilot, shot down bad guys just before it was about to crash into a ship of our guys!
And the pharmacist Mr Gower - who lost his son in war, he was so very upset on news that his son had died in war and almost mistakenly gave a child the wrong medicine which would have poisoned him but George knew something was wrong, didnt deliver the meds, saved the boys life and Mr Gower from a fatal mistake”
He did things you’re supposed to do. You don’t get special breaks for doing the right thing. You do them. Hell, Old man Potter could probably be shown doing something good in his life. What the movie shows is that he was the recipient of $8,ooo in ill gotten gains he never suffered any punishment for
I think Robert was the WW2 photographer.
“Didnt they run their own bank?”
They ran a savings & loan, not a bank, which was a cooperative to finance homes. They couldn’t do banking services like today.
Be that as it may, Bailey was, as so many Freepers have pointed out, unable to compete in the global marketplace, and deserved to fold. Potter is the true hero. He made loans available to illegal immigrants and changed them into profitable junk bonds which made fortunes for bank stockholders. He traded on the currency markets and profited from the falling dollar.
If Potter were alive today, he would be the subject of numerous laudatory Wall St Journal and Fortune articles about his aggressive, no-holds-barred business sense. He would be right up there with Jack Welch, George Soros, Warren Buffett, and Sandy Weile.
And when it came out that he pocketed the Bailey’s $8,000. a judge would have ruled in his favor under a new interpretation of “currency eminent domain”.
If Potter was forced to resign, as bank CEO he would get a fat golden parachute bail out worth millions, and be hired on at some other bank as their new CEO. He would also write a book and be on Cavuto and Bartiromo to shill it.
Wake up you sentimental fools. Bailey set Bedford Falls back a hundred years. Let’s hear it for Potter!