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Publisher's Summary

This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, Frank Capra, and features James Stewart re-creating his Oscar-nominated role. It aired on May 8, 1949.

The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the making of the film.

Hear more collections of radio movie dramatizations, or listen to all of the individual programs by themselves!
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A Holiday Favorite

If you're like me, your holiday season isn't complete without seeing Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed do battle with Lionel Barrymore. This old radio braodcast is a condensed version of the movie, with all the same actors. It's a great way to enjoy this classic while dashing through the mall.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Classic Story & Classic Cast

Can't beat Jimmy Stewart. We listen to this every day after Thanksgiving while traveling. Gets us more into the holiday spirit.

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Who doesn't love radio screenplays from the past?!

"It's A Wonderful Life" is one of my top 5 favorite movies of ALL time. I love anything classic from the radio. Makes me feel as if I am transporting back in time. I only wish it were longer in length. =)

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Not Quite the Movie But It Will Do for a Quick Fix

Would you consider the audio edition of It's a Wonderful Life to be better than the print version?

I don't know a print version, but it's not as good as the film. Jimmy Stewart is in the radio broadcast. However, the angel, 2nd class, Clarence, is played by someone with a lisp, and he does not have the lovely sweetness of the filmed character.

What about James Stewart and Frank Capra ’s performance did you like?

Jimmy Stewart is such an "everyman" and his voice, separated from his physicality, may be even more effective than in the film. The scene where he asks Mary to be his wife is very touching and his recognition that he loves her comes through even more clearly than in the movie.

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a great story

Would you consider the audio edition of It's a Wonderful Life to be better than the print version?

there was no print lol

What did you like best about this story?

porky pig

Any additional comments?

the angel guy is played by porky pig in this version(the actor who played porky pig) its kinda weird otherwise great story its not the movie but it adds to it

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