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It's a Wonderful Life Script

It's a Wonderful Life Script

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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE byFrances Goodrich Albert HackettFrank CapraJo Swerling
 
FADE IN: NIGHT SEQUENCESeries of shots of various streets and buildings in the town ofBedford Falls, somewhere in New York State. The streets aredeserted, and snow is falling. It is Christmas Eve. Over the abovescenes we hear voices praying:GOWER'S VOICEI owe everything to George Bailey. Helphim, dear Father. MARTINI'S VOICEJoseph, Jesus and Mary. Help my friend Mr.Bailey. MRS. BAILEY'S VOICEHelp my son George tonight.BERT'S VOICEHe never thinks about himself, God; that'swhy he's in trouble.ERNIE'S VOICEGeorge is a good guy. Give him a break,God. MARY'S VOICEI love him, dear Lord. Watch over him tonight.JANIE'S VOICEPlease, God. Something's the matter withDaddy.ZUZU'S VOICEPlease bring Daddy back.CAMERA PULLS UP from the Bailey home and travels up through thesky until it is above the falling snow and moving slowly toward afirmament full of stars. As the camera stops we hear the followingheavenly voices talking, and as each voice is heard, one of thestars twinkles brightly:FRANKLIN'S VOICEHello, Joseph, trouble?JOSEPH'S VOICELooks like we'll have to send someone down– a lot of people are asking for help fora man named George Bailey.
 
FRANKLIN'S VOICEGeorge Bailey. Yes, tonight's his crucialnight. You're right, we'll have to sendsomeone down immediately. Whose turn isit?JOSEPH'S VOICEThat's why I came to see you, sir. It'sthat clock-maker's turn again.FRANKLIN'S VOICEOh – Clarence. Hasn't got his wings yet,has he? We've passed him up right along.JOSEPH'S VOICEBecause, you know, sir, he's got the I.Q.of a rabbit.FRANKLIN'S VOICEYes, but he's got the faith of a child –simple. Joseph, send for Clarence. A small star flies in from left of screen and stops. It twinklesas Clarence speaks:CLARENCE'S VOICEYou sent for me, sir?FRANKLIN'S VOICEYes, Clarence. A man down on earth needsour help.CLARENCE'S VOICESplendid! Is he sick?FRANKLIN'S VOICE No, worse. He's discouraged. At exactlyten-forty-five PM tonight, Earth time,that man will be thinking seriously ofthrowing away God's greatest gift.CLARENCE'S VOICEOh, dear, dear! His life! Then I've onlygot an hour to dress. What are theywearing now?FRANKLIN'S VOICEYou will spend that hour gettingacquainted with George Bailey.CLARENCE'S VOICESir... If I should accomplish this mission– I mean – might I perhaps win my wings?I've been waiting for over two hundredyears now, sir – and people are beginningto talk.

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