This movie has a very clever opening. After the credits roll, there are eight distinct voices asking God to help George Bailey: Gower, Martini, George’s mother, Ernie, Bert, Mary, Janie, and Zu Zu. We haven’t seen any of these people, but it speaks volumes about them and George’s character. We know that George has helped people and has made an impact in their lives and we know that he is in major trouble. We know all of this from overhearing the prayers of the people.
The most redeeming part of the movie for me is that those prayers were answered. George’s friends and family prayed for God to help him, and God did help him. As I’m sure you know, George does not kill himself and the town pitches in to raise the money Potter stole. I love that this movie shows God’s hand in the life of a person.
One of my favorite scenes: