film meme» nine male characters [1/9]: George Bailey

"What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”

Played By: James Stewart

Film: It’s A Wonderful Life

What would Christmas be like without this movie and Jimmy Stewart’s finest role? As George Bailey, the small-town family man with a heart of gold but a head full of doubt, Stewart delivers an astonishingly nuanced turn as a suicidal case slowly getting to grips with the idea that life is worth living after all.

Finest Hour: That ending, when George realises that - hey! - it is a wonderful life after all. [x]

Films made prior to this one used cornflakes painted white for the falling snow effect. Because the cornflakes were so loud, dialogue had to be dubbed in later. Frank Capra wanted to record the sound live, so a new snow effect was developed using foamite (a fire-fighting chemical) and soap and water. This mixture was then pumped at high pressure through a wind machine to create the silent, falling snow.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)