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It Happened One Christmas (1977)

It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own... See full summary »

Director:

Donald Wrye

Writers:

Philip Van Doren Stern (based upon a story by), Lionel Chetwynd (written for television by)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Thomas ... Mary Bailey Hatch
Orson Welles ... Henry F. Potter
Wayne Rogers ... George Hatch
Cloris Leachman ... Clara
Barney Martin ... Uncle Willie
Karen Carlson ... Violet
Dick O'Neill ... Mr. Gower
Doris Roberts ... Ma Bailey
Richard Dysart ... Peter Bailey
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ... Martini
Archie Hahn ... Ernie
Christopher Guest ... Harry Bailey
Gino Conforti ... Sassini (as Gene Conforti)
Morgan Upton ... Bert
Robert Emhardt ... Judge
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Storyline

It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own which threatens her name and the community standing of her longtime family business, the Bailey Building and Loan, which she took over after the passing of her father. What Mary does not know is that most in town, including her husband George Hatch and their children, are also praying for her. All the prayers are heard by Joseph, God's gatekeeper of prayers. As there are no other angels available on such a busy day, Joseph assigns Clara Oddbody, angel second class (i.e. she has yet to receive her wings), to Mary's case, which he reluctantly does as Clara has never been assigned a case on her own in the two hundred years she's been in heaven for good reason. As Clara learns about Mary's case, she sees a selfless woman who always wanted to explore the world but never did, while others around her were... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened One Christmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Because women were not drafted in WWII, the remake does not cause Mary (Marlo Thomas) to lose her hearing in one ear, a device initially used to justify George's 4F classification and his inability to escape Bedford Falls even in a world war. See more »

Goofs

Despite the fact this telefilm was produced and first broadcast in 1977, "It Happened One Christmas" carries a 1978 copyright date in the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997) See more »

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a great film
27 April 2002 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

You know there was an English manservant who wrote a book about Marlo Thomas a few years back and he basically said that she is the biggest bi$#%^ that you would ever want to meet. That aside, she does a fine job in this film playing Jimmy Stewart's role as someone who doesn't realize that they have made a difference in the lives of so many people. I guess a lot of people would accuse me of blasmaphy but I like this version a lot better then the Jimmy Stewart version. It really tugs at your heart and you feel so bad for Marlo's character.


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