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The Essential It's a Wonderful Life
The Essential It's a Wonderful Life

The Essential It's a Wonderful Life

A Scene-By-Scene Guide to the Classic Film


160 Pages, 6 x 9

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: October 2006

ISBN 9781556526367

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2006)

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An in-depth look at the perennial holiday favorite

Even the most ardent fans of It’s a Wonderful Life will be surprised and delighted by the insightful discussions of film details, cast anecdotes, curiosities, and gaffes found in this charming guide. Providing a fresh perspective, this companion includes a handy film chronology and an overview of the plot, a complete breakdown of the musical score, a fun and challenging quiz, a DVD bookmarking feature designed to give instant access to favorite scenes and other points of interest, informative historical sidebars, the complete lyrics to "Buffalo Gals," and never-before-seen maps and diagrams of downtown Bedford Falls, downtown Pottersville, the Building and Loan, and 320 Sycamore. In addition, film lovers will learn why George should have spent Christmas Eve in jail, who crashes the Bailey family Christmas Eve gathering, the story behind the sudden demise of Mr. Gower’s son, how to make a flaming rum punch, the real-life site of the Bedford Falls High School "swim-gym," and other fascinating trivia related to the classic.


"Packed with history, trivia and thoughtful analysis." —The Oregonian

"A handy guide to the timeless Frank Capra film." —Sacramento Bee

Author Biography

Michael Willian is a writer, a film buff, an attorney for a global mobile technology company.