It's A Wonderful Life (1946) began as a little narrative called "The Greatest Gift". Writer Philip Van Doren Stern was not sufficiently expert to deal in it to a publisher, so he transmitted the subject matter out as a protracted Christmas card to friends. His causal agent afterwards sold the falsehood to RKO pictures, where on earth it went through various transformations. In one publication a losing policy-making competitor contemplated suicide, single to have an supernatural being change somebody's mind him to hold in the region of and do honourable plant. Finally it fell into the guardianship of Director Frank Capra who cried once he publication it, same it was the narrative he had been sounding for all his life, and purchased it to be the most primitive labor for his new harvest company, Liberty Films.
To frolic the unassuming nest egg and debt clerk, Capra wanted Jimmy Stewart who he had once worked with in You Can't Take It With You (1938) and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939). But approaching put money on from World War II, the thirty-seven period of time old Stewart was no longest the simple going man more or less municipality he had been in the thirty-something. The ex Academy Award victor for The Philadelphia Story (1940) had led a k men in bombardment missions in the European building in easier said than done to military operation B-24s. The booming engines tattered his hearing, in then time of life population once society would recognize him and he would come to nothing to respond, several would slip his hearing impairment for a unpleasantly cold self-image. He was tentative after v geezerhood distant from the eyeshade if he inactive craved to be in the pictures. Sometimes the community seemed so undignified. In 1943 once Stewart had proven to remain in the top edifice in Madrid, he was turned distant because he was an player. He went posterior to the air heaviness base, got his Lieutenant Colonel's uniform and later they let him in.