English: Screenshot of Jimmy Stewart and Donna...

English: Screenshot of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in the American film It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). The film lapsed into the public domain in the United States due to the failure of National Telefilm Associates, the last copyright owner, to renew.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s A Wonderful Life has become a holiday classic. While it might be due to saturation, it still manages to find an audience and has been homaged, parodied, and ripped off numerous times. That’s when you know you’re work is a classic. But did you know it was based on a short story? Philip Van Doren Stern’s The Greatest Gift came out in 1943, three years before the movie. Like the original Total Recall, which was based on the short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, Frank Capra took the story and built a larger story, changing or adding to that story to make George Baliey’s story work as a full length movie.

So what was changed? The team at CineFix takes a look at both versions of the story with a short synopsis of the differences and similarities between the short story and the feature film.

Catch more CineFix on their YouTube channel.



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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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