Small But Important Details About 'It's A Wonderful Life' That Most People Don't Know (But Should)

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Watching Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life is an annual holiday tradition in most households, but how much do most people know about the movie? Over the years, fans of the film have taken to social media to share small details, important facts, and behind-the-scenes info on the classic, making it all the more endearing. Here are a few small tidbits about the classic movie that most people don't know, but probably should. 


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    53 VOTES

    'Have You Made Up Your Mind?'

    'Have You Made Up Your Mind?'
    Photo: RKO FIlms

    From Redditor u/klsi832:

    In It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Mary asks George “Made up your mind yet?” when he goes to her house after getting back into town. That was the first thing George said to Mary in the pharmacy scene when they were children.

    53 votes
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    Zuzu's Gingersnaps

    From Redditor u/canipetyourdog21:

    In the movie It’s A Wonderful Life, (1946) Jimmy Stewart’s daughter is named ZuZu, after a cookie called ZuZu’s Gingersnaps (originally made in 1901). He can be heard referencing this when he calls out “ZuZu, my little gingersnap!”

    43 votes
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    Bailey Family Motto

    From Redditor u/dipping_sauce:

    George Bailey's father had a motto: "All You Can Take With You Is That Which You Have Given Away."  

    34 votes
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    Young George Bailey Really Got Hit

    From Redditor u/Russian_Bagel:

    In It's A Wonderful Life (1946), when Mr. Gower beats up a young George, he was really going for it. HB Warner, the actor playing Gower, was a method actor and got drunk for the scene. He slapped the actor playing George so hard, that his ear started to bleed.

    57 votes
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    A Wonderful Change Of Heart

    From Redditor u/LoneStarG84:

    In It's a Wonderful Life (1946), the unruly customer who demands a large portion of George's funds during the run on the bank is the very first to arrive at his house to give him money at the end of the movie

    46 votes
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    James Stewart's Tears Were Real

    From Redditor u/klsi832:

    James Stewart wasn't supposed to start crying when he was praying at the bar in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). He had recently returned from World War II and was overcome with emotion.

    In an interview with The Independent, Stewart stated:

    I felt the loneliness, the hopelessness of people who had nowhere to turn, and my eyes filled with tears. I broke down sobbing. That was not planned at all.

    68 votes