Webster Film Series Dec. 24-25: 'It's a Wonderful Life'

George Bailey (James Stewart) has the picture perfect life: a loving wife, Mary (Donna Reed), four young children, and his own business, which he inherited from his father. However, on Christmas Eve, George encounters severe business difficulties at the Bailey Building and Loan.

George's Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) loses the cash owed to the bank - owned by the Scrooge-esque Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). This leads George to a life crisis, and he contemplates suicide. He's saved at the last moment by his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers) who shows George how much his life means by offering him a view of how the world would be without him.

Frank Capra, 1946, USA, 130 min, colorized, in English with English subtitles

Free screening Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winfred Moore Auditorium, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency.