‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: How Many Angels Get Their Wings Over the Course of the Movie?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It’s a Wonderful Life is, the basic Christmas film launched in 1946, was directed by filmmaker Frank Capra. The movie stars iconic every-man Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a middle-class banker from Bedford Falls, a small city in New York. Throughout the film, George is confronted with one emergency after one other (monetary and household alike), which suggests he by no means will get to comply with his desires of seeing the world and constructing nice buildings and bridges. An subject on the financial institution will get him so down that he threatens to finish his personal life. Luckily, an angel who calls himself Clarence intervenes.

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A scene from It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart as George Baily and Henry Travers as Clarence the Angel | John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis by way of Getty Images

Clarence exhibits Geroge how helpful he’s at all times been to his city, his household, and his mates. George constantly put others first: risking his life to avoid wasting his little brother who fell by way of the ice, standing as much as the vile businessman Mr. Potter, and beginning a lovely household together with his spouse Mary. At one level, Clarence additionally lets George in on slightly divine secret; “every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings.” So, what number of angels get their wings within the film It’s a Wonderful Life?

If the basic quote is true, what number of angels get their wings in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’?

When Clarence first tells George that each time a bell rings it means an angel will get its wings, he scoffs. George thinks Clarence is loopy. However, George finally modifications his tune. He is thrilled to listen to a bell ring on the finish of the film as he holds his daughter Zuzu in his arms.

“Attaboy, Clarence,” George says as he seems as much as the heavens. But except for Clarence, what number of angels get their wings over the course of It’s a Wonderful Life? Abiding by Clarence’s quote, you’ll be able to undergo the film and rely the variety of bells that ring to determine the reply. But be warned: there are plenty of bells. They could be heard within the background music all through the film (however particularly the intro music), the Christmas decorations, the doorbells, the ringing telephones, and the money registers that ring up transactions.

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Actors James Stewart and Lionel Barrymore in a scene from Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life | Getty Images

There’s additionally a bell seen on Mr. Potter’s desk (together with a cranium, ominously). A bell seems within the studio emblem to start with credit, too. But that’s not all: in case you take a look at the cinema marquee when Stewart (a.ok.a. George Bailey) passes the theater, it says that the movie The Bells of St. Mary’s is exhibiting.

Luckily you don’t should rely the bells your self, as a result of IMDb did it for you: they declare there are a complete of forty-two bells that ring in It’s a Wonderful Life. So, each time you watch the 1946 movie, you’ll be able to rejoice in the truth that forty-two angels are being blessed with wings (and moved up from “Angel Second Class”).

Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was very cleverly solid

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1946 film artwork for the film It’s A Wonderful Life | RKO Radio Pictures/Getty Images

But the enjoyable doesn’t cease there. There’s a second enjoyable truth about that film, The Bells of St. Mary’s; Henry Travers, the actor who performed Clarence the angel, additionally stars in The Bells of St. Mary’s. Just one other nod to the angel-bell connection.

While we hear Clarence’s voice within the first few scenes of It’s a Wonderful Life, Travers doesn’t truly seem on display screen till the ultimate thirty minutes of the film. The character, who has such a necessary function, is just on display screen for fifteen minutes of all the film.

Another bell reference was added to the radio play based mostly on the 1946 film

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James Stewart, taking part in George Bailey, hugs actor Karolyn Grimes, who performs his daughter Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In 1947, It’s a Wonderful Life stars James Stewart and Donna Reed reprised their roles of George and Mary on the radio. In one model, they modified what George put in his pocket to search out later so as to add one other bell to the storyline. While within the movie, he places petals from Zuzu’s flower in his pocket, within the 1947 radio play, Geroge tucks away a bell that Zuzu likes.

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