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The Telephone Scene: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s my very favorite scene from the best-loved Christmas classic of all, It’s a Wonderful Life. Watch how George Baily (Jimmy Stewart) tries so hard not to be in love with Mary (Donna Reed) but just can’t help it.


Fans of the movie will enjoy Zuzu Bailey’s It’s A Wonderful Life Cookbook: Recipes and Anecdotes Inspired by America’s Favorite Movie, written by the actress who played George’s daughter, and The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life: A Scene-By-Scene Guide to the Classic Film, with lots of great details and behind-the-scenes stories.


  • Rhea

    There are so many great moments in that film. What can I say? I have to admit I am a fan. A lot of people hate that film.

  • Nell Minow

    Oh, Bah Humbug to those people, Rhea! It’s a great film, the favorite of its star and director, and much loved by many.

  • Alicia

    Hey, Nell. While not my favorite scene in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the first telephone scene always reminds me that no actor has ever (before or since) done better telephone scenes than Jimmy Stewart. So natural that he doesn’t seem to be acting. Ditto for his drunk scenes.
    Alas, I’ve seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” too many times, and can no longer watch it.

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