BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:54 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

What Makes 'It's A Wonderful Life' So Wonderful?

BPR 12/23/13.
Scene from the 1946 film with Donna Reed, Jimmy Stewart and Karolyn Grimses (from left).
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Film critic Garen Daly talked about the enduring Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life." What makes the film so good? Will it always be part of the holiday repertory? Or is it time to put the movie to bed? Guest hosts Peter Kadzis and Sue O'Connell talked about George Bailey, Bedford Falls and holiday redemption.

Watch the complete film right here:

Also on BPR:

  • Joan Vennochi and Charlie Chieppo talked politics with Peter and Sue. Joan Vennochi is a columnist for the Boston Globe, and Charlie Chieppo is principal at Chieppo Strategies.
  • Charlie Sennott, co-founder of GlobalPost, talked about the changing relationship between the US and allies like Saudi Arabia.
  • WGBH's Jared Bowen, host of Open Studio, previewed the best movies during the winter Oscar run-up.
  • The Rev. Irene Monroe was Monday's Open Mic guest. Rev. Monroe talked about the war on Christmas and  President Obama's inspired selection for the US Olympics delegation

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