It's a Wonderful Life & White Christmas double feature
Starts: Dec 14 2012 - 6:00pm
Ends: Dec 14 2012 - 11:00pm
It's a Wonderful Life:
Get ready to be taken back in time to 1946 - the year It's a Wonderful Life originally premiered on the big screen – as the State Theatre gets ready for the holidays in style.
It’s a Wonderful Life - one of the most popular and heartwarming films ever made by director Frank Capra, who claimed the film his own personal favorite – as well as James Stewart's favorite of all his feature films.
The film is actually a dark, bittersweet post-war tale of a savings-and-loan manager who struggles against a greedy banker and his own self-doubting nature in a small town. Earnest do-gooder George Bailey (James Stewart) recognizes his life as wonderful and truly rich, even in its humdrum and bleak nature, only after suffering many hardships, mishaps and fateful trials (including compromised dreams of youth to leave the town and seek fame and fortune, other sacrifices, dismay, losses and the threat of financial ruin). He is given encouragement by a whimsical, endearing, trainee-angel named Clarence (Henry Travers).
One of the most popular American films of all-time and a perennial holiday favorite, It’s A Wonderful Life was not a huge hit with either critics or audiences when it debuted in December 1946 but was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Jimmy Stewart), and Best Director (Frank Capra). Ranked #11 on the American Film Institute's list of Greatest Films, It’s a Wonderful Life is an indisputable movie classic.
Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
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