Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in Frank Capra’s penultimate family classic about a small-town man, ready to throw in the towel, who meets an angel named Clarence summoned to give him another chance. Clarence gives George Bailey a masterclass in perspective, showing him what life would have been like had he never existed. Many critics say this is among a handful of classics that deserves annual viewing, especially if you’re lucky enough to see it on the big screen.
“The most well-loved of all Christmas movies.” — Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune
“A genuine American classic.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore