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It's A Wonderful Film

June 21, 1992

Of Capra's best-loved film, "It's A Wonderful Life," Lambert writes, "George Bailey finds (small-town life) so mean and frustrating that he throws himself into the river." While Bailey is contemplating taking God's greatest gift, his life, he only jumps into the river to save the angel, Clarence Oddbody.

Nor is the small-town life in Bedford Falls mean and frustrating, with the exception of banker Potter.

And it is not Clarence who converts the rest of the town to collective good will, as Lambert states, but George's wife Mary.

Lambert's lack of knowledge about the film makes one question his conclusions about Capra's life and stature as a film-maker.

ROBERT SAMOIAN, CERRITOS

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