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.
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