It’s a Won­der­ful Life tops our fes­tive film poll

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Th e vo t e s h ave b e e n cast and the poll is now closed - and we can re­veal Re­former read­ers re­ally are a soppy lot when it comes to Christ­mas.

Yup, there were no big shocks in our favourite Christ­mas movie poll, with It’s a Won­der­ful Life com­ing out on top.

The 1946-clas­sic star­ring James Ste­wart won with over a third of your votes, tak­ing 35 per cent.

In sec­ond place was Elf, star­ring Will Fer­rell, which gained 29 per cent of the vote while Home Alone won 19 per cent.

It’s A Won­der­ful Life is your fes­tive sea­son favourite

Die Hard man­aged just 12 per cent, per­haps as peo­ple fi­nally ques­tioned whether it’s a Christ­mas film or not, while prop­ping up the rear with a mere six per cent was Love Ac­tu­ally.

It’s a Won­der­ful Life has be­come as syn­ony­mous with the fes­tive sea­son as turkey, crack­ers, fam­ily fights and un­wanted socks as presents.

The film ini­tially per­formed poorly at the box of­fice, but it’s story of hope and hu­man kind­ness con­tin­ues to strike a chord with au­di­ences.

James Ste­wart played ev­ery­man George Bai­ley. We see how his life de­vel­oped in his home town of Bed­ford Falls. De­spite want­ing to go to col­lege, George stays to help sort out fam­ily business, a build­ing and loan as­so­ci­a­tion, when his fa­ther dies.

How­ever, he never makes it out of Bed­ford Falls, but he does marry Mary Hatch and have four chil­dren, and he finds him­self in con­flict with slum land­lord, Henry Pot­ter.

Through a chance event on Christ­mas Eve, George finds him­self broke and fac­ing charges of bank fraud.

Drown­ing his sor­rows at a bar, George de­cided he’d be worth more dead and throws him­self off a bridge into a freez­ing river. But in­stead of dy­ing he saves Clarence who has also jumped in. Clarence re­veals to George he is an an­gel sent to Earth to earn his wings.

A scep­ti­cal George re­marks that ev­ery­one would have been bet­ter off if he’d never been born, and Clarence is able to show him that is far from the truth.

The fi­nal scenes see the town­folk come to­gether to raise the money to save the build­ing and loan. Among the do­na­tions is a copy of The Ad­ven­ture’s of Tom Sawyer with the in­scrip­tion: “Dear George: Re­mem­ber no man is a fail­ure who has friends. P. S. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence.”

Re­former re­porter Jonathan Geddes, was one of many who nom­i­nated the film, and he was de­lighted to see it come out on top: “It’s A Won­der­ful Life has rightly been con­sid­ered a fes­tive clas­sic for many years, and it’s great to see that Re­former read­ers still rate it top, even with so many Christ­mas favourites hav­ing been re­leased in re­cent years.”

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