George Bailey is given the rare gift of seeing what his life would have been like if he had never been born and the experience does not disappoint. In the end, he turns out to be the common man with the heart of gold who, through little acts of kindness, transforms the lives of those around him with his well timed interventions. He proves that you don't need to have money to be happy and spreads that same message to all around him.
"It's a Wonderful Life" was not director Frank Capra's biggest or most successful collaboration with Jimmy Stewart but it should have been because, devoid of schmaltz and corniness of later Christmas movies to come, it delivers a knockout punch to the heart strings with its poignancy and pathos.
Absolutely required viewing.
"Merry Christmas Bedford Falls!"