"Buffalo gals won’t you come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight …. Buffalo gals won’t you come out tonight aaaaand dance … by the light … of da ….moooooon."
Yes, it’s time to talk about the Frank Capra classic, "It’s a Wonderful Life." Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, it’s the story of George Bailey, who is about to commit suicide when his guardian angel, Clarence, intervenes. Clarence, an angel second-class who hasn’t gotten his wings yet, shows George what life would be like for those he knows had he not been born. In the end, George realizes how much of an impact he’s had on other people and wants to live again. He not only gets the chance to do just that, but good, old Clarence finally earns his wings. ("Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.")
Definitely a feel-good movie. How the heck his brother Harry balanced all those pies, I’ll never know.
A favorite line of mine: "Boys, and girls, and music. Why do they need gin?" says Annie.
And, of course, you have to love a movie with cops named Bert and Ernie. (And, yes, this was way before the days of "Sesame Street.")
Check out the movie's ending on YouTube.com here: