“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
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!
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.
Kind of like the Clintons, you know. It does happen in life - bad people run roughshod over people better than themselves, and die old and well-fed with lots of money in the bank. It's A Wonderful Life is not a morality tale. Potter gets off scott free; the Potters so often do. But tell me - in the end, who would any viewer rather be - George Bailey or Potter?
There's an interesting biblical parallel to this, too.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the highway robbers who manhandled the hapless traveller got off scott free, too. It's one of the more sobering aspects of the New Testament, in my opinion.