100+George Bailey Quotes From It’s a Wonderful Life Movie

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These George Bailey quotes are from It’s a Wonderful Life movie. There are so many George Bailey quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these George Bailey quotes exists just do that.

George Bailey is the primary hero of It’s a Wonderful Life. He was played by James Stewart as a grown-up and Bobby Anderson as a kid. He possesses the ninth opening of the 50 Heroes rundown of the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains.

He is known as a hero by having saved his more youthful sibling Harry from having fallen through ice, however it made him hard of hearing in the left ear, and for sparing his manager, Mr. Gower, from prison time, when he inadvertently place poison in a kid’s solution.

His main aim is to build big buildings and high rises and see the world, yet for the benefit of other people, he over and over penances his objective. While Harry is in the military battling in World War II, the main fight George faces is the conflict of Bedford Falls.

He is hitched to his youth pound, Mary Hatch, however to satisfy needs of other individuals, he forfeits his and Mary’s vacation cash. Afterward, he has four youngsters, the most youthful of which, Zuzu, is demonstrated to be wiped out from a virus.

At this point when his Uncle Billy loses $8000 and George doesn’t realize that the underhanded Mr. Henry F. Potter has it, he is discouraged to such an extent that he plans to slaughter himself by hopping off an extension into cold water. So his gatekeeper blessed messenger, Clarence Odbody, an Angel Second Class, bounces into the water, making George get him out.

When he wishes he had never been conceived, Clarence demonstrates to him what the world would resemble without him: entirely awful (uncovering that Harry would have passed on, and that prevented him from sparing individuals in World War II, Mr. Gower would have gone through two years in jail, George’s youngsters wouldn’t have been conceived, and Mary would have been an “old house keeper”).

George acknowledges he had a great life, and unfortunately asks to live once more. He does, and even cheerfully wishes a “Joyful Christmas” to everyone, even to Mr. Potter. In the end, he turns into the most extravagant man around the local area.

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“Well, then, why am I seeing all these strange things?”

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“I’m going to miss old Annie. Pop, I think I’ll get dressed and go over to Harry’s party.”

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“Gesundheit. This requires a little thought here.”

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“You see what I mean, don’t you, Pop?”

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“Oh, my mother’s way up the corner there.”

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“[as everyone inside was about to go to Potter’s bank for money] Now wait…now listen…now listen to me. I beg of you not to do this thing. If Potter gets hold
of this Building and Loan, there’ll never be another decent house built in this town. He’s already got charge of the bank. He’s got the bus line. He got the
department stores. And now he’s after us. Why? Well, it’s very simple. Because we’re cutting in on his business, that’s why. And because he wants to keep
you living in his slums and paying the kind of rent he decides. Joe, you had one of those Potter houses, didn’t you? Well, have you forgotten? Have you
forgotten what he charged you for that broken-down shack? Here, Ed. You know, you remember last year when things weren’t going so well, and you couldn’t
make your payments? You didn’t lose your house, did you? Do you think Potter would have let you keep it? Can’t you understand what’s happening here?
Don’t you see what’s happening? Potter isn’t selling. Potter’s buying! And why? Because we’re panicking and he’s not. That’s why. He’s picking up some
bargains. Now, we can get through this thing all right. We’ve got to stick together, though. We’ve got to have faith in each other.”

“[to Mr. Potter, after he tries to hire George] I don’t need 24 hours. I don’t have to talk to anybody. I know right now, and the answer’s no. No! Doggone it! You
sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money! Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter! In the, in the
whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider! And… [turning to his aide] And that goes for you, too!
Dear Father in heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me, show me the way… show me the way.”

“Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me, Clarence,
please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. I want to live again. Please, God, let me live again.”

“Oh, now Pop, I couldn’t. I couldn’t face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a shabby little office…Oh, I’m sorry Pop, I didn’t mean that, but this business
of nickels and dimes and spending all your life trying to figure out how to save three cents on a length of pipe…I’d go crazy. I want to do something big and
something important.”

“Pop: I know it’s soon to talk about it.”

“George: Oh, now Pop, I couldn’t. I couldn’t face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a shabby little office…Oh, I’m sorry Pop, I didn’t mean that, but this
business of nickels and dimes and spending all your life trying to figure out how to save three cents on a length of pipe…I’d go crazy. I want to do something
big and something important.”

“Pop: You know, George, I feel that in a small way we are doing something important. Satisfying a fundamental urge. It’s deep in the race for a man to want his
own roof and walls and fireplace, and we’re helping him get those things in our shabby little office.”

“George: I know, Dad. I wish I felt…But I’ve been hoarding pennies like a miser in order to…Most of my friends have already finished college. I just feel like if I
don’t get away, I’d bust.”

“Pop: Yes…yes…You’re right son.”

“George: You see what I mean, don’t you, Pop?”

“Pop: This town is no place for any man unless he’s willing to crawl to Potter. You’ve got talent, son. I’ve seen it. You get yourself an education. Then get out of
here.”

“George: Pop, you want a shock? I think you’re a great guy. [to Annie, listening through the door] Oh, did you hear that, Annie?”

“Annie: I heard it. About time one of you lunkheads said it.”

“George: I’m going to miss old Annie. Pop, I think I’ll get dressed and go over to Harry’s party.”

“Pop: Have a good time son.”

“Mary: What’d you wish, George?”

“Well, not just one wish. A whole hatful, Mary. I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that. I’m shakin’
the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I’m comin’ back here and go to
college and see what they know… And then I’m gonna build things. I’m gonna build airfields, I’m gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I’m gonna
build bridges a mile long…”

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“George: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a
pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”

“Mary: I’ll take it. Then what?”

“George: Well, then you could swallow it, and it’d all dissolve, see? And the moonbeams’d shoot out of your fingers and your toes, and the ends of your hair…
Am I talking too much?”

“Old Man: Yes! Why don’t you kiss her instead of talking her to death?”

“George: How’s that?”

“Old Man: Why don’t you kiss her instead of talking her to death?”

“George: Want me to kiss her, huh?”

“Old Man: Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people!
The first line of this dialogue is sampled in the McFly song “Love is Easy” (2012)”

“Mary… [picks up Mary’s robe, which is lying on the ground] Okay, I give up. Where are you?”

“Here you are. Catch. [He is about to throw her the robe, but reconsiders mischeviously] Wait a minute. What am I doing? This is a very interesting situation!
(This line was repeated by Jimmy in the 1940 film “No Time for Comedy”).”

“Hmmm…A man doesn’t get in a situation like this every day.”

“Not in Bedford Falls, anyway.”

“I’ve heard about things like this, but I’ve never thought I would be in one…..not in Bedford Falls anyway”

“They’re way downtown. They’d be on my side, too.”

“Maybe I could sell tickets. No, no… Let’s see. No, the point is, in order to get this robe…I’ve got it! I’ll make a deal with you, Mary.
A car pulls up with Uncle Billy in the passenger seat”

“Uncle Billy?!”

“Sorry Mary, I need to go!”

“Thank you very much.”

“Well, I handled that, Mr. Potter. You have all the papers there. His salary, insurance. I can personally vouch for his character.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Just a minute, just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You’re right when you say my father was no business man. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap,
penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anybody else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was…Why, in
the twenty-five years since he and Uncle Billy started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn’t that right, Uncle Billy? He didn’t save enough money
to send Harry to school, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter. And what’s wrong with that? Why…Here, you’re all
businessmen here. Doesn’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers? You…you said…What’d you say just a minute ago?…They
had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait! Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until
they’re so old and broken-down that they…Do you know how long it takes a working man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that
this rabble you’re talking about…they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and
pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him, but to you, a warped
frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well, in my book he died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!”

“I know very well what you’re talking about. You’re talking about something you can’t get your fingers on, and it’s galling you. That’s what you’re talking about,
I know…Well, I’ve said too much. I…You’re the Board here. You do what you want with this thing. Just one more thing, though. This town needs this measly
one-horse institution if only to have some place where people can come without crawling to Potter.”

“Do you know the three most exciting sounds in the world?”

“No. Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles.”

“Now, you listen to me! I don’t want any plastics, and I don’t want any ground floors, and I don’t want to get married – ever – to anyone! You understand that? I
want to do what I want to do. And you’re…and you’re… [suddenly starts kissing Mary] Oh Mary, Mary.”

“It’s this old house. I don’t know why we don’t all have pneumonia. Drafty old barn of a place. It’s like growing up living in a refrigerator. Why do we have to
live here in the first place, and stay around this measly, crummy old town?”

“Wrong? Everything. Why, you call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?”

“Yes, well, most people say you stole all the rest.
Mr. Potter: The envious ones say that, George. The suckers. Now, I have stated my side very frankly. Now let’s look at your side. A young man, twenty-seven,
twenty-eight, married, making, say, forty a week.”

“Forty-five!”

“Oh, what’s your point, Mr. Potter?”

“Hire me?”

“Twenty thous…twenty thousand dollars a year?”

“Would I? Y-You’re not talking to somebody else around here, are you? You know, th-this is me, you remember me? George Bailey.”

“Holy mackerel! Well, how about the Building and Loan?”

“Well, Mr. Potter, I…I…I know I ought to jump at the chance but I…I just, uh, I-I wonder if-if it would be possible for you to give me twenty-four hours to think
it over?”

“I’d like to do that.”

“All right, sir.”

“Okay, Mr. Potter. [pause] No, no, no, no. Wait a minute here. Wait a minute. I don’t need twenty-four hours. I, I don’t have to talk to anybody. I know right
now, and the answer is no! No! Doggone it! You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your
money. Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider! And… [turning to his aide] And
that goes for you, too!”

“Well, you look about the kind of angel I’d get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren’t you? What happened to your wings?”

“Sure, sure. How?”

“I know one way you can help me. You don’t happen to have 8,000 bucks on you?”

“Well, it comes in real handy down here, bud!”

“Look, who are you?”

“Yeah, yeah, I know. You told me that. What else are you? What…are you a hypnotist?”

“Then if I wasn’t born, who am I?”

“What do you mean, no identity? My name’s George Bailey.”

“What?”

“That’s a lie! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport.”

“Hello, Bedford Falls! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!
Hey! Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!”

“That’s right, that’s right. Attaboy, Clarence!”

“Just remember this, Mr. Potter: that this rabble you’re talking about, they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is
it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath?”

“Now, come on, get your clothes on, and we’ll stroll up to my car and get… Oh, I’m sorry. I’ll stroll. You fly.”

“You haven’t got your wings. Yeah, that’s right.”

“Well, maybe I left the car up at Martini’s. Well, come on, Gabriel.”

“Clarence. Clarence.”

“What do you want, Mary? Do you want the moon? If you want it, I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down for you. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give
you the moon, Mary.”

“Well, then you can swallow it, and it’ll all dissolve, see… and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair… am I
talking too much?”

“You want me to kiss her, huh?”

“You call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?”

“You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter. In the
whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider. And…”

“And that goes for you, too!”

“Hey! Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!”

“Well, you look about the kind of angel I’d get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren’t you? What happened to your wings?”

“Isn’t it wonderful? I’m going to jail!”

“Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”

“I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that.”

“I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I’m comin’ back
here to go to college and see what they know. And then I’m gonna build things. I’m gonna build airfields, I’m gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high,
I’m gonna build bridges a mile long…”

“Now you listen to me. I don’t want any plastics and I don’t want any ground floors. And I don’t want to get married *ever* to anyone! You understand that? I
want to do what I want to do.”

“Oh, I don’t know. Either I’m off my nut, or he is…”

“… or you are!”

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty
good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”

“Well, then you can swallow it, and it’ll all dissolve, see… and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair… am I
talking too much?”

“Just a minute… just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You’re right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this
cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was…
why, in the 25 years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn’t that right, Uncle Billy? He didn’t save
enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what’s wrong with that? Why…
here, you’re all businessmen here. Doesn’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers? You… you said… what’d you say a minute
ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave
them? Until they’re so old and broken down that they… Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that
this rabble you’re talking about… they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and
pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped,
frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!”

“That’s right, that’s right.”

“[Looks heavenward] Attaboy, Clarence.”

“You want me to kiss her, huh?”

“Dear Father in heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me”

“show me the way… show me the way.”

“That’s a lie! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport!”

“[running through Bedford Falls] Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”

“[on Mary being caught naked in the bushes after her robe slips off] This is a very interesting situation!”

“A man doesn’t get in a situation like this every day.”

“Not in Bedford Falls anyway.”

“Gezundheit.”

“Inspires a little thought!”

“I’ve read about things like this.”

“Well, my mother is way up on the corner.”

“Well, they’re all the way downtown. They’d be on my side.”

“Maybe I can sell tickets.”

“You’re wonderful… wonderful.”

“Mary Hatch, why in the world did you ever marry a guy like me?”

“You could have married Sam Wainright, or anybody else in town…”

“You didn’t even have a honeymoon. I promised you…”

“Your what?”

“Your, your, your, ba- Mary, you on the nest?”

“[still stuttering] Lassos a stork?”

“What’re’ya… You mean you’re… What is it, a boy or a girl?”

“And wine… that joy and prosperity may reign forever. Enter the Martini Castle.”

“[George hears a train whistle] There she blows. You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are?”

“No no no no. Anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles.”

“How old are you anyway?”

“18! Why it was only last year you were 17.”

“Look, who are you? Who are you really?”

“Yeah, well what else are you? Are you a hypnotist?”

“Then why am I seeing all these strange things?”

“Well, if I was never born… who am I?”

“What do you mean no identity? My name is George Bailey!”

“What?”

“Well, you look about the kind of angel I’d get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren’t you? What happened to your wings?”

“Sure, sure. How?”

“I know one way you can help me. You don’t happen to have 8,000 bucks on you?”

“Well, it comes in real handy down here, bud!”

“Me? Nothing! I just came in to get warm.”

“And all’s fair in love and war, right?”

“Isn’t it wonderful? I’m going to jail!”

“I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that.”

“[George is having his last meal at home before leaving on his cruise. His father is distraught over his leaving] Pop, I think you’re a great guy.”

“[thinking Annie is eavesdropping] Did you hear that, Annie?”

“Now, you listen to me! I don’t want any plastics, and I don’t want any ground floors, and I don’t want to get married – ever – to anyone! You understand that? I
want to do what I want to do. And you’re… and you’re…”

George Bailey : Oh, Mary, Mary…

“[kisses her intensely] Mary… Would you?… Would you?…”

“Made what?”

“You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter. In the
whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider! And…”

“And that goes for you, too!”

“I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I’m comin’ back
here to go to college and see what they know. And then I’m gonna build things. I’m gonna build airfields, I’m gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high,
I’m gonna build bridges a mile long…”

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“[gazing eyes with Mary] Well, well, well.”

“Oh, why don’t you stop annoying people.”

“Now, come on, get your clothes on, and we’ll stroll up to my car and get… Oh, I’m sorry. I’ll stroll. You fly.”

“You haven’t got your wings. Yeah, that’s right.”

“[the staff celebrates closing the building and loan company with only two dollars remaining, to stay in business] Get a tray for these two great big important
simoleans here.”

“A toast! A toast! A toast to Mama Dollar and to Papa Dollar, and if you want to keep this old Building and Loan in business, you better have a family real
quick.”

“[praying] Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me
Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.”

“Now get outta here, Bert, or I’ll hit you again! Get outta here!”

“You…”

[suddenly stunned]

“George… Bert? Do you know me?”

“What the…”

“Ha, ha, ha, ha! My mouth’s bleeding, Bert! My mouth’s bleeding! Zuzu’s petals… Zuzu…”

“[checking his pocket] There they are! Bert, what do you know about that! Merry Christmas!”

“I wish I had a million dollars… Hot dog!”

George Bailey : [intervening] Nick, hold on. Just give him the same as mine. He’s no trouble.

“[to Clarence] What’s the matter with him? I never saw Nick act like that before.”

“Clarence?”

“Where’s Mary? If this is all real and I was never born, what became of Mary?”

“[grabs Clarence by his collar] Look, I don’t know how you know these things, but if you know where my wife is, you’ll tell me.”

“Please, Clarence, where’s my wife? Tell me where my wife is.”

“Where is she? What happened to her?”

“[desperate] Where is she? WHERE IS SHE?”

“Well, I don’t.”

“Me? Naw, that was a little girl named Mary Hatch, that wasn’t you.”

“You call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?”

“Now, will you do something for me?”

“Will you try and get some sleep?”

“I know-I know, but you just go to sleep, and then you can dream about it, and it’ll be a whole garden.”

“Uh-huh.”

“[on Mary being caught naked in the bushes] This is a very interesting situation!”

“Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!”

“Oh, now Pop, I couldn’t. I couldn’t face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a shabby little office… Oh, I’m sorry Pop, I didn’t mean that, but this business
of nickels and dimes and spending all your life trying to figure out how to save three cents on a length of pipe… I’d go crazy. I want to do something big and
something important.”

“I know, Dad. I wish I felt… But I’ve been hoarding pennies like a miser in order to… Most of my friends have already finished college. I just feel like if I don’t
get away, I’d bust.”

“You see what I mean, don’t you, Pop?”

“Pop, you want a shock? I think you’re a great guy.”

“Oh, did you hear that, Annie?”

“The middle one.”

“I don’t want Mrs Bailey I want my wife… Mrs Bailey? Oh, that’s my wife.”

“Yes, well, most people say you stole all the rest.”

“Forty-five!”

“[yelling at Uncle Billy] Where’s that money, you silly stupid old fool? Where’s that money? Do you realize what this means? It means bankruptcy and scandal
and prison! That’s what it means! One of us is going to jail; well, it’s not gonna be me!”

“Well, maybe I left the car up at Martini’s. Well, come on, Gabriel.”

“Clarence. Right… Clarence.”

“Oddbody… Hey, what’s an AS2?”

“Oh, I don’t know. I guess you’re right. I supposed it would have been better if I’d never been born at all.”

“I said I wished I was never born!”

“OK then, I’ll throw a rock at the old Granville house.”

“No, you see you make a wish and then try to break some glass and you’ve got to be a pretty good shot nowadays too.”

“In that place?”

“I wouldn’t live in it as a ghost.”

“In the whole vast configuration of things I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider.”

“And that goes for you too.”

“And it goes for you too.”

“I’m in trouble, Mr. Potter. I need help. Through some sort of an accident, my company’s short in their accounts. The bank examiner got there today. I’ve got to
raise eight thousand dollars immediately.”

“The reporters?”

“Please help me, Mr. Potter. Help me, won’t you, please? Can’t you see what it means to my family? I’ll pay any sort of a bonus on the loan, any interest, if you
still want the Building and Loan…”

“No, sir, there’s nothing wrong with the books. I’ve just misplaced eight thousand dollars. I can’t find it anywhere.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Have you notified the police?”

“No, sir. I didn’t want the publicity. Harry’s homecoming tomorrow…”

“No sir. No sir, I haven’t.”

“What?”

“I can’t get a hold of him. He’s in Europe.”

“They don’t have that kind of money, Mr. Potter. You know that. You’re the only one in town that can help me.”

“Well, I have some life insurance. A $15,000 policy.”

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“Five hundred dollars.”

“Excuse you for what?”

“[into the phone] Police? What for?”

“[to Uncle Billy] He just took over the bank.”

“[into the phone] Aw, you never miss a trick, do you, Potter? Well, you’re going to miss this one!”

“Pottersville? You mean Bedford Falls.”

“Oh, I don’t know. Either I’m off my nut, or he is…”

“or you are!”

“[George walks up to Ernie, who is on the phone, with a newspaper] Hey, Ernie, look at that.”

“Well I…”

“Annie, why don’t you draw up a chair and then you’ll be more comfortable and then you can hear everything that’s going on?”

“Look, we’re still in business, we’ve got two bucks left!”

“Its this old house. I don’t know why we all don’t have pneumonia. Draughty old barn! Its like living in a refrigerator. Why can’t we live somewhere else
instead of this measly, crummy old town?”

“Well, I handled that, Mr. Potter. You have all the papers there. His salary, insurance. I can personally vouch for his character.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Hold on, Nick! What’s wrong?”

“Well… Nick, that’s your name. Isn’t it?”

“What’s a pretty girl like you marrying this two-headed brother of mine?”

“Well, what’s the matter with our car? Isn’t it good enough for you?”

“[thoughtfully] My mother’s way up on the corner there.”

“They’re way downtown. Anyway, they’d be on my side.”

“[to Mary] You look older without your clothes on.”

“Well, just come back here, Mister. I’ll give her a kiss that’ll put hair back on your head!”

“[to a derelict Mr. Gower] Mr. Gower! This is George Bailey! Don’t you know me?”

“Mr. Gower! Hey, what is…? Hey, Nick! Nick! Isn’t that Mr. Gower, the druggist?”

“I’m a rich tourist today. How about driving me home in style?”

“[Mr Potter] What’s eatin’ that old money-grubbin’ buzzard anyway?”

“She’s home cooking the fatted calf.”

“Keep him out of Bedford Falls anyway.”

” I can see through you”

“all the way to your back collar button.”

“You know what we’re gonna do? We’re gonna shoot the works. A whole week in New York. A whole week in Bermuda. The highest hotels. The oldest
champagne. The richest caviar and the hottest music and the prettiest wife.”

“[George on the phone to Mary] Come home… what home? 320 Sycamore. Whose home is that?”

“You’re not talking to someone else? You know me, remember me, George Bailey?”

“The Navy’s gonna fly him”

“and Mother home tomorrow.”

“We’re all excited around here. My brother just got the Congressional Medal of Honour. The President just decorated him.”

“A good year? Well, between you and me Mr. Carter we’re broke.”

“Did you put the envelope in your pocket?”

“Maybe, maybe! I don’t want any maybe, look we’ve got to find that money.”

“Oh yeah, another big red-letter day for the Baileys!”

“Can’t you understand what’s happening here? Don’t you see what’s happening? Potter isn’t selling. Potter’s buying! And why? Because we’re panicking, and
he’s not. That’s why. He’s picking up some bargains.”

“Mother?”

“Mother, don’t you remember me? I’m your son, George.”

“No… please Ma… I mean, Mrs. Bailey. Can’t you let me come inside? It’s cold out here and it’s Christmas Eve. I’m in trouble and I’m going through something
awful now. Can’t you let me in for just a few minutes, for a cup of coffee or tea? It’s just until I get over it.”

“But I know everyone you know! Like… your brother-in-law, Uncle Billy.”

“Of course I do.”

“Today, over at his house.”

“Rochester? Why Rochester?”

“Hello, Violet. Hey, you look good, that’s some dress you got on there.”

“Yes?”

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