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"...images we haven't seen...facts no one has printed before...a must-have for anyone who cares about the movie." -- Leonard Maltin, October 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rediscover Frank Capra's masterpiece like never before. Stuffed like a Christmas stocking, this handsome new gift-book takes you behind the snowy scenes of the magical movie...and it may just have you believing in angels. A truly American tradition for countless millions, "It's a Wonderful Life" has become as much a part of the holiday season as the man in the red suit himself. Celebrate the holidays with this unique Memory Book. You'll find out what happened to the cast (Didn't you always wonder whatever became of Bobbie Anderson who played "young George Bailey" and Karolyn Grimes who was "Zuzu"?) and feast on rare unpublished photographs, including amazing full color, and recently discovered images depicting snipped scenes from the movie. Even better, you'll uncover Capra's brilliant "lost ending." As Clarence the guardian angel warned George Bailey: "You'll see a lot of strange things from now on." Hee Haw! And Merry Christmas!! Steve Cox --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581824343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581824346
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on December 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Yet another IAWL book. As the years go by publishers appreciate the fascination this stunning movie has for the public and continue to issue titles: a scrapbook; trivia; anniversary; movie stills; (and amazingly) a recipe book plus the video (normal and colorised versions) DVD and audio cassettes. Stephen Cox's book is better than most and he has clearly done a lot of background research on the production and especially the cast. Sort of left no stone unturned, either, for instance he includes the 1986 Saturday Night Live sketch where Potter turns out not to be disabled.

Interesting though the book is I wish the publisher's had made a bit more of an effort with the production, the layout is bland, the paper ordinary so that the many photos look grey and washed out, this especially applies to the stills. There is an eight page color insert section with twenty-one images, some of which are not really worth using. The fact that this color section required a better paper than the rest of the book makes my point and I think buyers deserve better with a title that has lots of photos.

I was made aware of all these short-comings when I compared the book with Jeanine Basinger's The It's a Wonderful Life Book (click to the book site to see some inside pages I've uploaded) published in 1986, this really has to be the definitive title about everybody's Christmas classic and well worth searching out.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Bayer on January 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I totally loved this book!- I finished it in one sitting- I was facinated with all of the little tidbits that I wasnt aware of: H.B. Warner being sauced when he filmed the loss of his son scene- I was especially impressed with the very rare colored photos in the mid section of the book. I have read almost every one of this author's books but this one is a special holiday treat!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Mendenhall on February 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There are plenty of surprises in this book. You'll read what director Frank Capra and the players themselves have to say about making "It's a Wonderful Life," and you'll discover some interesting names among those who were almost cast. You'll also learn that some of the film's legends are true, while others are not. For example, while it is true that Carl Switzer (Alfalfa from the "Our Gang" comedies) was the rascal who opened the gym floor exposing the swimming pool beneath, it is NOT true that muppets Bert and Ernie were named as an homage to Bert the cop and Ernie the cab driver -- that's just a coincidence. In spite of the book's rather crowded layout and lackluster production, if you love "It's a Wonderful Life" and/or if you collect IAWL memorabilia, you'll want to have this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spitzer on July 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that I wasn't much of an "It's a Wonderful Life" fan....until now. I had the pleasure of meeting Karolyn Grimes (little ZuZu Bailey) recently. She is such a warm and lovely person and spoke of IAWL with such passion that I bought the DVD the next night and watched it with new eyes. Now I'm hooked.

I was so delighted to find this book, to learn even more about this classic movie. After reading the book, I had to watch the DVD again.

Even if you're just a casual viewer of the movie, you'll still love this book. It's incredibly well-researched and jam-packed with beautiful photographs. Stephen Cox has a way with words. You feel like you're sitting with an old friend. His books are like comfort-food for the mind!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Rundle on December 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Cox's "It's a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book" is an excellent addition to the movie buff's collection, and to fans of this exceptional film. The book is packed with stunning photographs (many never seen before), interesting tid-bits about the making-of, backstory on not only the fine performances of James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, but the character actors that helped make Capra's touching film so memorable and the holiday favorite it has become--almost 60 years later. It is well-researched and richly-written. This is a perfect gift year-round for any reason. It is one of Cox's best!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on October 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a beautiful tribute to my favorite movie of all time. After reading as much material on "Wonderful Life" as I can get my hands on, I will have to say that this book is my favorite so far. The insight from the various cast and crew members is fascinating, and adds a whole new enjoyment to watching the movie. I especially enjoyed the sections which highlighted the lives of the four Bailey kids and young George Bailey (then and now). I had never seen several of the photos included in the book, some of which were from parts of the movie that were eventually edited out. The section of color photos was also neat.
This book would make a great Christmas gift for someone who loves this classic movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MARKEV on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you love "It's a Wonderful Life" (and who doesn't?), then you'll LOVE this book! I was stunned to learn about what happened to the cast and where the Bailey kids are today and what they look like in more recent years. No other book offers the pure nostalgia factor like this one. The author gives us some amazing details about deleted scenes, as well as photographs that have surfaced showing these rare behind-the-scenes glimpses into scenes that never made the final cut. I loved the photo of Henry Travers (Clarence the Angel) in full color, not long before he died. What a treat this book is!! And the special message from Jimmy Stewart at the beginning of the book is pure magic! If you are a fan of this film, you won't be disappointed! This book is the perfect gift for any friends who love the movie, too. I've already ordered several and am giving them out this holiday!
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