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Since you all enjoyed the Miracle on 34th Street transcript so much, I thought I would post the actual movie script from my all time favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life. I absolutley adore this film. I have no idea why, but I suspect it is becuase I relate so well with George Bailey... Enjoy!

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It's a Wonderful Life

Final Script

Opening sequence/George saves Harry

FADE IN –– NIGHT SEQUENCE

Series of shots of various streets and buildings in the town of Bedford Falls, somewhere in New York State. The streets are deserted, and snow is falling.

It is Christmas Eve. Over the above scenes we hear voices praying:

GOWER'S VOICE

I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father.

MARTINI'S VOICE

Joseph, Jesus and Mary. Help my friend Mr. Bailey.

MRS. BAILEY'S VOICE

Help my son George tonight.

BERT'S VOICE

He never thinks about himself, God; that's why he's in trouble.

ERNIE'S VOICE

George is a good guy. Give him a break, God.

MARY'S VOICE

I love him, dear Lord. Watch over him tonight.

JANIE'S VOICE

Please, God. Something's the matter with Daddy.

ZUZU'S VOICE

Please bring Daddy back.

CAMERA PULLS UP from the Bailey home and travels up through the sky until it is above the falling snow and moving slowly toward a firmament full of stars. As the camera stops we hear the following heavenly voices talking, and as each voice is heard, one of the stars twinkles brightly:

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

Hello, Joseph, trouble?

JOSEPH'S VOICE

Looks like we'll have to send someone down –– a lot of people are asking for help for a man named George Bailey.

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

George Bailey. Yes, tonight's his crucial night. You're right, we'll have to send someone down immediately. Whose turn is it?

JOSEPH'S VOICE

That's why I came to see you, sir. It's that clock-maker's turn again.

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

Oh –– Clarence. Hasn't got his wings yet, has he? We've passed him up right along.

JOSEPH'S VOICE

Because, you know, sir, he's got the I.Q. of a rabbit.

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

Yes, but he's got the faith of a child –– simple. Joseph, send for Clarence.

A small star flies in from left of screen and stops. It twinkles as Clarence speaks:

CLARENCE'S VOICE

You sent for me, sir?

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

Yes, Clarence. A man down on earth needs our help.

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Splendid! Is he sick?

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

No, worse. He's discouraged. At exactly ten-forty-five PM tonight, Earth time, that man will be thinking seriously of throwing away God's greatest gift.

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Oh, dear, dear! His life! Then I've only got an hour to dress. What are they wearing now?

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

You will spend that hour getting acquainted with George Bailey.

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Sir . . . If I should accomplish this mission –– I mean –– might I perhaps win my wings? I've been waiting for over two hundred years now, sir –– and people are beginning to talk.

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

What's that book you've got there?

CLARENCE'S VOICE

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

FRANKLIN'S VOICE

Clarence, you do a good job with George Bailey, and you'll get your wings.

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Oh, thank you, sir. Thank you.

JOSEPH'S VOICE

Poor George . . . Sit down.

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Sit down? What are . . .

JOSEPH'S VOICE

If you're going to help a man, you want to know something about him, don't you?

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Well, naturally. Of course.

JOSEPH'S VOICE

Well, keep your eyes open. See the town?

The stars fade out from the screen, and a light, indistinguishable blur is seen.

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Where? I don't see a thing.

JOSEPH'S VOICE

Oh, I forgot. You haven't got your wings yet. Now look, I'll help you out. Concentrate. Begin to see something?

The blur on the screen slowly begins to take form. We see a group of young boys on top of a snow-covered hill.

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Why, yes. This is amazing.

JOSEPH'S VOICE

If you ever get your wings, you'll see all by yourself.

CLARENCE'S VOICE

Oh, wonderful!

......

ZUZU

Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.

GEORGE (smiling)

That's right, that's right.

He looks up toward the ceiling and winks.

GEORGE (cont'd)

Attaboy, Clarence.

The voices of the people singing swell into a final crescendo for the

FADE OUT

THE END

< READ THE FULL SCRIPT >

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SantaCraig

I really love this movie also! Merry Christmas Movie House!

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Michael Rielly

Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

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Michael Rielly

*bump*

I started going through a few old posts from last year and came across this gem. I am bumping these and others up to the top for some of our new folks to find.

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SantaJG

That's what I'm talking about! It's a Wonderful LIfe is my all time Fav too!

Did you know that Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street fame were named after Bert and Ernie from this movie? True fact.

Hot Dog!!!

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Santa Steve H

"To George...the richest man in town"

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Steve

Hi Mike,

It's a Wonderful life is my favorite movie too! Strangely enough I had never seen it when I was growing up and the first time I watched it was sitting in my roomette on the Ringling Bros. Circus train with a few friends. (Believe me you couldn't fit more than a few friends in a "circus train "roomette!")

Speaking of relating George Bailey I am also deaf in my left ear.

Anyway, thanks for posting the script. It will be fun to read through it.

HEE-HAW!

Steve

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SCSanta

It's A Wonderful Movie! Truly one of my favorites. A few years ago, my wife surprised me with a copy of the original movie script autographed by Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu Bailey. What a gift!!!

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