The Essential It's a Wonderful Life: A Scene-by-Scene Guide to the Classic Film (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, Oct 1, 2006 - Performing Arts - 160 pages
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Even the most ardent fans of It's a Wonderful Life will be surprised and delighted by the insightful discussions of film details, cast anecdotes, curiosities, and gaffes found in this charming guide. Providing a fresh perspective, this companion includes a handy film chronology and an overview of the plot, a complete breakdown of the musical score, a fun and challenging quiz, a DVD bookmarking feature designed to give instant access to favorite scenes and other points of interest, informative historical sidebars, the complete lyrics to Buffalo Gals, and never-before-seen maps and diagrams of downtown Bedford Falls, downtown Pottersville, the Building and Loan, and 320 Sycamore. In addition, film lovers will learn why George should have spent Christmas Eve in jail, who crashes the Bailey family Christmas Eve gathering, the story behind the sudden demise of Mr. Gower's son, how to make a flaming rum punch, the real-life site of the Bedford Falls High School swim-gym, and other fascinating trivia related to the classic.

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Review: The Essential It's a Wonderful Life: A Scene-By-Scene Guide to the Classic Film

User Review  - Debbie - Goodreads

This is a true classic movie. And this book was delightful and informative and I loved reading it. I'm sorry I didn't have time this past Christmas to sit down with this book and the movie together ... Read full review

Review: The Essential It's a Wonderful Life: A Scene-By-Scene Guide to the Classic Film

User Review  - Kris - Goodreads

Ordered this online and when it came I read it in a couple of hours. Being a super fan of the movie, it was very interesting. I got the movie out to watch some of the scenes again just to see some of ... Read full review

Selected pages


1The Angels Conspire to Save George
2George Prepares to See the World
3The High School Graduation Dance
4Georges Plan to See the World Gets Derailed
5George Calls on Mary
6George and Marys Wedding Day
7Moving Day for the Martinis
8The War Years
10Somethings the Matter with Daddy
11George Saves Clarence
13George Wants to Live Again
The Musical Score
Its a Wonderful Life Quiz
Quiz Answers

9Christmas Eve 1945

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About the author (2006)

Michael Willian is a writer, a film buff, an attorney, and the general counsel for a technology company.

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