It's a Wonderful Life 74 years old

It's a wonderful laugh! It's a wonderful love!

It's a Wonderful Life

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

Credits

James Stewart
James Stewart

George Bailey

Ward Bond
Ward Bond

Bert

Gloria Grahame
Gloria Grahame

Violet Bick

Moroni Olsen
Moroni Olsen

Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)

Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby

Ms. Davis (uncredited)

Adriana Caselotti
Adriana Caselotti

Singer at Martini's (uncredited)

It's a Wonderful Life Cast

Name Character
James Stewart He was 38, 89 years old when he died as George Bailey
Charles Halton He was 70, 83 years old when he died as Carter (uncredited)
Thomas Mitchell He was 54, 70 years old when he died as Uncle Billy Bailey
Ward Bond He was 43, 57 years old when he died as Bert
Adriana Caselotti She was 30, 80 years old when she died as Singer at Martini's (uncredited)
Ellen Corby She was 35, 87 years old when she died as Ms. Davis (uncredited)
Henry Travers He was 72, 91 years old when he died as Clarence
J. Farrell MacDonald He was 71, 77 years old when he died as Man Whose Grandfather Planted Tree (uncredited)
Donna Reed She was 25, 64 years old when she died as Mary Hatch Bailey
Lionel Barrymore He was 68, 76 years old when he died as Henry F. Potter
Todd Karns He was 25, 79 years old when he died as Harry Bailey
Beulah Bondi She was 57, 91 years old when she died as Ma Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds He was 71, 73 years old when he died as Peter Bailey
Georgie Nokes He was 10, 49 years old when he died as Little Harry Bailey
Frank Faylen He was 41, 79 years old when he died as Ernie Bishop
Moroni Olsen He was 57, 65 years old when he died as Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)
Joseph Granby He was 61, 80 years old when he died as (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Lane He was 41, 102 years old when he died as Real Estate Salesman
Charles C. Wilson He was 52, 53 years old when he died as Charlie (uncredited)
Dick Elliott He was 60, 75 years old when he died as Man on Porch (uncredited)
Larry Simms He was 12, 74 years old when he died as Pete Bailey
Tom Chatterton He was 65, 71 years old when he died as Townsman (uncredited)
H.B. Warner He was 71, 83 years old when he died as Mr. Gower
Ernie Adams He was 61, 62 years old when he died as Ed (uncredited)
Frank Hagney He was 62, 89 years old when he died as Potter's Bodyguard
Danny Mummert He was 12, now 87 years old as Little Marty Hatch
Ray Walker He was 42, 76 years old when he died as Joe at Luggage Shop
Stanley Andrews He was 55, 77 years old when he died as Mr. Welch (uncredited)
Sheldon Leonard He was 39, 89 years old when he died as Nick
Edward Clark He was 131, 65 years old when he died as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Gloria Grahame She was 23, 57 years old when she died as Violet Bick
Frank Albertson He was 37, 55 years old when he died as Sam Wainwright
Marian Carr She was 20, now 95 years old as Jane Wainwright (uncredited)
Tom Fadden He was 52, 85 years old when he died as Tollhouse Keeper (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards She was 65, 83 years old when she died as Mrs. Hatch
Lane Chandler He was 47, 73 years old when he died as (uncredited)
William Edmunds He was 60, 95 years old when he died as Giuseppe Martini
Eddie Kane He was 57, 79 years old when he died as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
Almira Sessions She was 58, 85 years old when she died as Potter's Secretary (uncredited)
Argentina Brunetti She was 39, 98 years old when she died as Mrs. Martini
Netta Packer She was 51, 66 years old when she died as (uncredited)
John Indrisano He was 41, 63 years old when he died as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee He was 50, 74 years old when he died as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Garry Owen He was 44, 49 years old when he died as Bill-Poster (uncredited)
Robert J. Anderson He was 13, 75 years old when he died as Little George
Max Wagner He was 45, 73 years old when he died as Cashier / Nick's Assistant Bouncer (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan He was 47, 60 years old when he died as Man in Fantasy (uncredited)
Al Bridge He was 55, 66 years old when he died as Sheriff (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor He was 65, 84 years old when he died as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack He was 73, 90 years old when he died as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse He was 52, 59 years old when he died as Man with Sheriff (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan He was 47, 73 years old when he died as Nick's Bartender (uncredited)
Mark Roberts He was 25, 85 years old when he died as Mickey (uncredited)
Frank Fenton He was 40, 65 years old when he died as Violet's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Carl Kent as (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard He was 66, 78 years old when he died as Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Lomas He was 35, 48 years old when he died as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Harold Landon as Marty Hatch (uncredited)
Lee Frederick He was 34, 81 years old when he died as (uncredited)
Effie Laird as Townswoman (uncredited)
Mary Treen She was 39, 82 years old when she died as Cousin Tilly
Cy Schindell He was 39, 41 years old when he died as Nick's Bouncer (uncredited)
Meade 'Lux' Lewis as Pianist in Nick's Place (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict He was 50, 71 years old when he died as Military Officer in Montage (uncredited)
Jimmy Hawkins He was 5, now 79 years old as Tommy Bailey
Harry Cheshire He was 55, 76 years old when he died as Dr. Campbell (uncredited)
Charles Williams He was 60, 91 years old when he died as Cousin Eustace
Edward Keane He was 102, 59 years old when he died as Tom at Building & Loan
Sam Flint He was 64, 97 years old when he died as Relieved Banker in Potter's Office (uncredited)
Dick Gordon He was 3, 12 years old when he died as Photographer with Sheriff (uncredited)
Harry Holman He was 74, 75 years old when he died as Mr. Partridge (uncredited)
Michael Chapin He was 10, now 85 years old as Young George's Friend (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston He was 50, 68 years old when he died as Horace (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff He was 65, 87 years old when he died as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph She was 48, 81 years old when she died as Annie
Mike Lally He was 58, now 133 years old as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor He was 2, 29 years old when he died as Bar Patron (uncredited)
Sam Ash He was 62, 67 years old when he died as Nervous Banker (uncredited)
Carl Switzer He was 19, 31 years old when he died as Freddie Othello (uncredited)
Larry Wheat He was 70, 86 years old when he died as Building & Loan Board Member (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood He was 33, 51 years old when he died as Building & Loan Depositor (uncredited)
Helen Dickson She was 41, 51 years old when she died as Woman at Graduation Dance (uncredited)
Philip Morris He was 53, 56 years old when he died as Building & Loan Customer (uncredited)
Virginia Patton She was 20, now 95 years old as Ruth Dakin Bailey
Jean Gale She was 34, 62 years old when she died as Little Mary
Karolyn Grimes She was 6, now 81 years old as Zuzu Bailey
Ronnie Ralph as Little Sam
Jeanine Ann Roose as Little Violet
Franklin Parker He was 44, 59 years old when he died as Photographer / Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham He was 51, 76 years old when he died as Cop Arresting Violet (uncredited)
Carol Coombs She was 11, now 86 years old as Janie Bailey
Arthur Stuart Hull He was 68, 72 years old when he died as Mr. Randall (uncredited)
Jean Acker She was 53, 84 years old when she died as Townswoman (uncredited)

It's a Wonderful Life Crew

Name Department
Gordon Bau as Makeup Artist. He was 39 (68) years old when He died Costume & Make-Up
Clem Portman as Sound. He was 41 (87) years old when He died Sound
Russell A. Cully as Special Effects. Crew
Michael Wilson as Additional Writing. He was 32 (104) years old when He died Crew
Joseph F. Biroc as Director of Photography. He was 43 (93) years old when He died Camera
Emile Kuri as Set Decoration. He was 39 (93) years old when He died Art
Philip Van Doren Stern as Original Story. He was 46 (83) years old when He died Writing
Joseph Walker as Director of Photography. He was 54 (92) years old when He died Camera
William Hornbeck as Editor. He was 45 (82) years old when He died Editing
Jack Okey as Art Direction. He was 57 (73) years old when He died Art
Frances Goodrich as Screenplay. She was 56 (93) years old when She died Writing
Jo Swerling as Additional Writing. He was 49 (67) years old when He died Crew
Frank Capra as Director. He was 49 (94) years old when He died Directing
Frank Capra as Producer. He was 49 (94) years old when He died Production
Frank Capra as Screenplay. He was 49 (94) years old when He died Writing
William Cameron Menzies as Art Direction. He was 50 (60) years old when He died Art
Lila Finn as Stunts. He was 37 (86) years old when He died Crew
Phil Stern as Still Photographer. He was 27 (95) years old when He died Camera
It's a Wonderful Life poster
It's a Wonderful Life (74 years)

It's a wonderful laugh! It's a wonderful love!

  • Release day: Friday, December 20, 1946
  • Runtime: 130 minutes
  • Budget: 3180000.00
  • Revenue: 9644124.00