It's a Wonderful Life


“What many movie buffs don’t know is that George Bailey’s bleak Christmas Eve was actually shot during a series of 90-degree days in June and July in 1946 on RKO’s ranch in Encino, California. The days were so hot that Capra gave the cast and crew a day off during filming to recover from heat exhaustion. In the famous scene on the bridge, before he saves Clarence the angel from the dark, swirling waters below, a suicidal George Bailey is clearly sweating — although Jimmy Stewart’s wonderful acting convinces us that fear and dread might well be the reason for that.”

Behind the scenes of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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