We just watched it tonight, and I had a question about where this scene fit in the historical time-line aspect of the film. I always thought this scene represented the onset of the Great Depression in October 1929. But--if the High School dance is for the Class of 1928, and Harry Bailey then goes off to college (in George's place), returns married 4 years later, which prompts Ma Bailey to push older brother "mossback" George to go re-introduce himself to Mary, and they wind up getting married fairly soon thereafter---then they are leaving on their honeymoon sometime in 1932, not 1929!!! Notice that when George pulls Uncle Billy into the back office to ask what is going on there is a picture of Herbert Hoover on the wall, so we are being told it is sometime between 1929 and 1933. There is no other mention that a Depression or crash had already been going on, so it makes me wonder about the timeline, which is otherwise fairly meticulous, it seems.
Oh--one other incongruity I noticed just before the great final sequence. If they all wept on VJ Day (which was in mid-August 1945), and Harry Bailey is being decorated by the President -- let's presume for action near the end of the war -- then why is it Xmas Eve and the dead of winter in Bedford Falls? Maybe Truman was still decorating heroes in late December '45, I really don't know, but that one struck me as maybe being a little off, too.
Anyone else notice these? Obviously, they don't matter and do not mar this great film, but just stuck out a little upon viewing it tonight.