Don't get me wrong, I truly love this movie. I have watched it about a dozen times a December for as long as I can remember. I know it by heart, and laugh and cry every single time I see it. I've gone to see it onstage, in musical and straight play versions, and my family even used to have a minature porcelain Bedford Falls village.
(And I don't trust people who have never seen it and/or don't like it.)
However, when I saw it at the movie theatre last night, one part jumped-out at me that I never really noticed before.
You know when Joseph is running down what happened to everybody during World War II?
Harry... Harry Bailey topped them all. A Navy flier, he shot down fifteen planes.
George later realzes that had he never been born, he never would have been able to have saved his brother from drowning when they were kids, and Harry never would have been able to save all the men on his transport.
I started to think about all the guys on those fifteen planes.
Had George never been born, Harry wouldn't have been around to shoot down all those planes, and all the guys on those planes would have survived.
(Didn't they have wonderful lives as well?)
It kind of reminded me of this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0NraoSYr38
Frank Sinatra is teaching those kids about tolerance, and does so by telling them that the "Japs" were bombed by an American plane flown by Jewish-American and Christian-Americans.
(Gosh, he was so cute.)
I am going to start working on a movie about those fifteen planes.
I'll call it What if George Bailey had Never Been Born and Wasn't Able to Save His Brother and His Brother Was Never Able to Shoot Down Those Fifteen Planes
I leave you with the most romantic scene from any movie ever...and all they had to do was kiss.
Where HAVE all the George Baileys gone?