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JUMP, GEORGE, JUMP!
New York Post ^ | Nov 25, 2007 | KYLE SMITH

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: frankcapra; georgebaily; jimmystewart; wonderfullife
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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.

1 posted on 11/25/2007 1:17:13 PM PST by mware
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To: mware

George Baily a racist. Who knew????


2 posted on 11/25/2007 1:17:50 PM PST by mware
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To: mware

Brutal, but well done. :)


3 posted on 11/25/2007 1:23:53 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: mware

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. :-)


4 posted on 11/25/2007 1:25:35 PM PST by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're racing...it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: mware

love the orginal, great movie!!!


5 posted on 11/25/2007 1:25:44 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: Continental Soldier

Some movies should never be colorized, A Wonderful Life is one of them.


6 posted on 11/25/2007 1:28:09 PM PST by mware
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To: mware

ROTFLMAO


7 posted on 11/25/2007 1:28:57 PM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (“democrat” -- “… one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.”)
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To: mware
The world could use a few more George Baily's if you ask me.

Alas all we keep getting are more Uncle Billy's.

8 posted on 11/25/2007 1:33:57 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (If Rudy's an influential conservative, then I'm an award winning concert pianist.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Now we’ve got Mrs. Potter running for President.


9 posted on 11/25/2007 1:36:22 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mware

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.


10 posted on 11/25/2007 1:37:55 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: WashingtonSource

To be honest I don’t know if he just forgot to mention he was being sarcastic or not.


11 posted on 11/25/2007 1:42:29 PM PST by mware
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To: mware

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.


12 posted on 11/25/2007 1:46:37 PM PST by no-to-illegals (God Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform, Our Heroes. And Vote For Mr. Duncan Hunter, America! TLWNW)
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“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.


13 posted on 11/25/2007 1:52:32 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: mware

I’m hoping he was being sarcastic, but I’m not betting on it.


14 posted on 11/25/2007 1:53:46 PM PST by skr (How majestic is Thy Name, O Lord, and how mighty are Thy Works!)
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To: mware

Yes, I agree. It’s ambiance was part of it’s time. :)


15 posted on 11/25/2007 1:54:39 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: mware

Uhhh - is there anything he says that is in error?


16 posted on 11/25/2007 1:54:55 PM PST by oldbill
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To: Figment

I never got that part of the movie. Why was the uncle depositing that money in Potter’s bank?


17 posted on 11/25/2007 1:56:14 PM PST by DManA
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To: Figment
Fig. I think that was the point in the movie. You do not know just how your life affects others. George Baily was given that opportunity with the intercession of God and a charming but bumbling angel
18 posted on 11/25/2007 1:57:00 PM PST by mware
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To: WashingtonSource
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

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.

19 posted on 11/25/2007 1:57:15 PM PST by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: Figment

Seems to me George did more good than harm.


20 posted on 11/25/2007 1:58:19 PM PST by mware
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To: oldbill

It was the spirit of the movie that the author missed.


21 posted on 11/25/2007 1:59:06 PM PST by mware
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To: tet68

“Now we’ve got Mrs. Potter running for President.”

LOL - Now THAT’S funny!


22 posted on 11/25/2007 2:11:31 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: mware

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


23 posted on 11/25/2007 2:13:46 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: mware

“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?


24 posted on 11/25/2007 2:15:04 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: mware

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.


25 posted on 11/25/2007 2:17:42 PM PST by DGHoodini (The Dems no longer have the humanity to grasp that there are things worth dying for.)
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To: mware
Colorized Movies? If someone colorized "It's a Wonderful Life" we should throw them off a bridge.

I hope Ted Turner is down there too.

26 posted on 11/25/2007 2:18:07 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: peggybac
George does get slugged in Bedford Falls. He is bleeding from the lip until he goes to Potterville. The school teachers wife punched him.
27 posted on 11/25/2007 2:20:25 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Figment
Fig if you recall, George was not left off the hook until he understood what his life meant and asked for his life back again.

Redemption my FRiend, redemption.

28 posted on 11/25/2007 2:20:39 PM PST by mware
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To: peggybac
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?

Nope. After George found out that his uncle lost the money and the auditors were on his heels, he freaked out. He yelled at one of his kids' school teacher for sending her home with no jacket, and it was the husband of that teacher who found George in the bar and slugged him, all before George tried to commit suicide.
29 posted on 11/25/2007 2:20:42 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: tet68
Now we’ve got Mrs. Potter running for President.

Are you sure? Looks like Old Man Potter in an ill-fitting, lumpy suit. ***apologies to the late Lionel Barrymore***

30 posted on 11/25/2007 2:21:23 PM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (“democrat” -- “… one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.”)
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To: mware

“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.
Some message.
And to make matters worse, Potter gets off scott free


31 posted on 11/25/2007 2:22:11 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: peggybac
No peg, he was in Bedford Falls, at the time he got punched in the mouth.

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.

32 posted on 11/25/2007 2:25:25 PM PST by mware
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To: fr_freak; BallyBill

Oh yes! Thank you both so much. I remember now. DOH!


33 posted on 11/25/2007 2:26:21 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: mware

Thank you!


34 posted on 11/25/2007 2:26:44 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: DManA
I never got that part of the movie. Why was the uncle depositing that money in Potter’s bank?

only bank in town
guess they didn't have online backing back then

35 posted on 11/25/2007 2:27:44 PM PST by Gone_Postal (We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat)
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To: Gone_Postal

backing = banking


36 posted on 11/25/2007 2:29:02 PM PST by Gone_Postal (We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat)
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To: mware

The author fails to mention that George was out driving drunk and damaging the property of others.


37 posted on 11/25/2007 2:31:47 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Gone_Postal

Didn’t they run their own bank?


38 posted on 11/25/2007 2:35:47 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

Baily ran a Saving In Loan.


39 posted on 11/25/2007 2:38:39 PM PST by mware
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I much prefer the “lost ending to “it’s a Wonderful Life”
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mbSBqwM3_2c


40 posted on 11/25/2007 2:40:19 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: mware

Building and loan, savings and loan - Does the Janitors Savings and Loan keep its money in Wells Fargo?


41 posted on 11/25/2007 2:41:33 PM PST by DManA
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To: Figment
You are being way way to hard on the wonderful George Bailey. Why he did live a spectacular life. You are forgetting other very important parts in the movie. For example....

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!

42 posted on 11/25/2007 2:41:55 PM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: billbears

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.


43 posted on 11/25/2007 2:42:29 PM PST by Freedom4US
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To: Figment
And to make matters worse, Potter gets off scott free

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.

44 posted on 11/25/2007 2:42:30 PM PST by mware
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“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


45 posted on 11/25/2007 2:43:29 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: mware

That’s excellent!


46 posted on 11/25/2007 2:45:52 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Figment

LOL, thanks for sharing.


47 posted on 11/25/2007 2:47:22 PM PST by mware
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To: Esther Ruth

“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”

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


48 posted on 11/25/2007 2:50:47 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: mware; Lancey Howard
Except I said Robert Capra,not Frank Capra.

I think Robert was the WW2 photographer.

49 posted on 11/25/2007 2:50:52 PM PST by mware
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To: DManA

“Didn’t 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!


50 posted on 11/25/2007 2:53:59 PM PST by oldbill
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