Goofs - It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Taglines: They're going steady...straight to your heart!

Director: Frank Capra

Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, Jo Swerling, ...

Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, ...

George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his ...
Young George Bailey is shown working in a drugstore in 1919, but he's standing next to a Coca-Cola Silhouette Girl Thermometer which wasn't produced until 1938.
When George is showing Clarence where Bailey Park is and it is a cemetery instead: George's company would not have developed the land until about the mid thirties. In the alternate reality, brother Harry died in 1919 and was buried in a then-existing ceme
When Mary and George are walking down the street after the dance, she asks him, "Well, why don't you say it?" The next shot George is heard saying, "I don't know. Maybe I will say it," but his mouth is not moving at all.
George jumps into the river to save Clarence. As he is rescuing him Clarence is screaming "help" but his mouth is not moving.
At one point George (James Stewart) calls Violet (Gloria Grahame), Gloria.
Clarence presents himself to George as "AS2". When George inquires what AS2 stands for, Clarence states "Angel Second Class" - which makes no sense.
When George and Clarence are drying off in the bridge keeper's shack the postcard hanging by the thermometer on the wall, next to the door repeatedly disappears and reappears between shots.
Just before George speaks to Harry on the phone, George removes a wreath from his arm and places it on a table. The wreath immediately reappears on his arm.
When George crashes his car into the tree, there's not much snow on it, when he gets out of the car to have a look at the damage, there's lots of snow on the car
When Mary puts on "Buffalo Gals" on the phonograph, she starts a ten-inch, yellow-labeled record, but in the next shot, a dark-labeled record is playing. Also, when Mary breaks the record after the conversation with George, she breaks a twelve-inch, yello
On Christmas Eve when he is hugging Tommy, George is clean shaven. By the time he climbs the stairs to check on ZuZu he has a heavy 5 O'clock shadow on his face.
When everyone is jumping into the pool during the dance, the same person jumps in twice.
After Clarence disappears while being wrestled by Bert the Cop, you can see the shadow of Ernie the Cabdriver, shaking his finger. However, when the camera shows Ernie, he has both hands on the tree, and then he begins to shake his finger.
When George and Mary are throwing rocks at the dilapidated house on the way home from the dance, when George throw his rock, the window that Mary is supposed to throw a rock at is missing. Then when Mary gets ready to throw her rock the window is there.
Ol' Man Gower's cigar disappears when he sends young George to deliver a prescription.
George and Clarence swap sides as they are thrown out of Nick's.
As Violet walks away from George, Ernie, and Bert, Ernie watches her out the window of his taxi. He stops watching and moves away from the window. In the next shot, he is watching from the window again.
As George and Mary prepare to drive Martini's family to their new home, Mary (in a close up) is holding the goat's horn/antler. The scene cuts to an extreme long shot in which her hand is nowhere near the goat.
During the run inside the Building & Loan, the hat changes position on the coat stand outside George's office.
When George arrives at home and finds Mary lying there, he puts his right hand on her right hand and kisses her. Next shot he is caressing her head with his right hand.
When George invites Carter to come in and follows him, he is holding the pipe with his left hand. But in the shot after someone asks him about hang up the phone, he appears with the pipe in his right hand.
When George visits his father in his office and finds him arguing with Potter, his father is standing behind his desk talking to Potter. There is a cut away form this but upon return George's father is now on the same side of the desk as Potter.
In the drugstore, Little Mary and Little Violet are looking at each other and away from each other from shot to shot.
When George has to cancel his school plans, Uncle Billy is looking at George, but in the following shot he's looking at Dr Campbell.
When George comes back to Gower's drugstore and faces Gower on the telephone he's got his hand to his hair, but in the following shot it's not.
When Potter yells at Peter in his office, Peter looks at the floor. In the following shot, he's facing Potter.
When George has Mary's robe, the cord is trailing along the ground. But when George hands her the robe, the cord is all bundled up.
When Potter is telling the board Bedford Falls doesn't need the Bailey Building & Loan, Uncle Billy is looking at George; in the following shot he's looking at Potter.
When Tommy asks George to excuse him, he's looking up at him. In the previous shot, he's looking at his brother Pete.
When Potter talks to Billy at the bank, he tucks his glasses away, and in both shots his scarf changes position.
When George walks into the Bailey Building & Loan with a wreath hooked around his arm he throws it on a desk; in the following shot its back around his arm and then drops it on the desk again.
Some confetti from George's wedding is on his hair during his phone conversation with Potter, but not the shots before it.
George's pipe disappears when talking to Violet in his office.
After George storms out of Uncle Billy's house, Uncle Billy lays his head on his arms. At first he has his arms crossed right over left, then immediately they are crossed left over right.
As George approaches Bert and Ernie by Ernie's taxi, and then all three ogle Violet as she walks down the street, the same woman in a print dress, holding the brim of her hat, walks by five times in 30 seconds.
Snow on Ernie's taxi disappears and reappears when arriving at George's dilapidated house.
When George wanders across the street (soon to be joined by Violet), the man approaching him with the pipe suddenly becomes a woman.
A hat being held by someone donating money in the Bailey house first has a little snow then a lot of snow then no snow.
Alignment of George's car when it hits the tree
Standing position of Potter's bodyguard when Potter talks to Peter Bailey at the Building & Loan.
The number of boys at the bottom of the slope during the sledding scene increases from shot to shot even though we've only seen a couple actually sledding.
When Little Mary asks for chocolate ice cream, she's facing George. But when she stuck her tongue out at Little Violet, she was facing away from George.
George leaves Mary's robe on the bush, but in the following shot it has disappeared.
When Mr Gower tells George to get going, he doesn't have his cigar in his mouth he's been smoking throughout the scene.
At the scene showing the new houses at Bailey Park, California hills are visible beyond the houses. The film is set in New York state, which only has much gentler, rolling hills.
1919: No National Geographic Magazine mentions "Fiji" and "coconuts" in the same subject.
When George Bailey is arguing with Mr. Potter in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "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." We never hear Po
Mary Bailey does not misspell Frankenstein. She is spelling Frankincense.
On the tombstone, Harry Bailey's years of life are show as 1911-1919, which would make him, at the oldest, eight years old when he died. However, immediately before George Bailey brushes away the snow to reveal the dates, Clarence states that Harry died w
James Stewart's toupee falls off after he and Donna Reed fall into the pool during the Charleston contest.
When Mary (Donna Reed) throws her rock at an upstairs window of the dilapidated old house, the rock disappears a split second after leaving her hand, and then reappears in the distance just before crashing through the glass. The roof of the house was a ma
In the drugstore when Mary leans over the counter to whisper in George's ear, a piece of tape suddenly appears on the edge of the counter between George's and Mary's heads. This was most likely done as a reference mark for the young actors so the focus pu
When George is on the bridge, the snow and ice pattern on his left coat shoulder is the same as it was when he was in Potter's office, even though he was in the bar afterward.
The banister in Mary's house wobbles slightly when her mother climbs the stairs.
When Ernie looks at Violet, a woman walks past his taxi; in the following shot there's no-one there.
When the "old maid" Mary is closing the library door, she has a wreath in her right arm. The wreath disappears in the next shot.
In the first scene where George finds his brother Harry's grave, the year of death (1919) is clearly visible. The next scene, it is obscured by snow and George has to dig it out to find the year his brother died.
Characters quote from a National Geographic Magazine article involving Fiji and coconuts, but no article was published by that magazine in that year.
When George arrives at the store to buy a suitcase he calls the clerk Joe. After he is offered the large suitcase at no charge George calls the clerk George.
When Mary puts on "Buffalo Gals" on the phonograph, she starts a ten-inch, yellow-labeled record, but in the next shot, a dark-labeled record is playing. Also, when Mary breaks the record after the conversation with George, she breaks a twelve-inch, yello
When George has to cancel his school plans, Uncle Billy is looking at George, but in the following shot he's looking at Dr. Campbell.
When George returns to the drug store to tell Mr. Gower about the poison in the capsules, Mr. Gower tells him the customer has been waiting for an hour, but George passed Mary on the way in and she was still eating her ice cream.
If George knows just about everyone in town, why didn't the man whose very old tree he ran into with his car know him?
In the drugstore when Mary leans over the counter to whisper in George's ear, a piece of tape suddenly appears on the edge of the counter between George's and Mary's heads. This was most likely done as a reference mark for the young actors so the focus pu
When Mary (Donna Reed) throws her rock at an upstairs window of the dilapidated old house, the rock disappears a split second after leaving her hand, and then reappears in the distance just before crashing through the glass. The roof of the house was a ma
When Uncle Billy is counting the money at the bank for the deposit we can clearly see the first few bills are 5's, followed by at the most 20 more bills. Considering that these would have been monthly cash payments on $6000 mortgages it is unlikely that a
On the tombstone, Harry Bailey's years of life are show as 1911-1919, which would make him, at the oldest, eight years old when he died. However, immediately before George Bailey brushes away the snow to reveal the dates, Clarence states that Harry died w
When George Bailey is arguing with Mr. Potter in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "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." We never hear Po
When George is showing Clarence where Bailey Park is and it is a cemetery instead: George's company would not have developed the land until about the mid thirties. In the alternate reality, only-child Harry died in 1919 and was buried in a then-existing c
When Mary puts on "Buffalo Gals" on the phonograph, she starts a ten-inch, yellow-labeled record, but in the next shot, a dark-labeled record is playing. Also, when Mary breaks the record after the conversation with George, she breaks a twelve-inch, yello
In the drugstore when Mary leans over the counter to whisper in George's ear, a piece of tape suddenly appears on the edge of the counter between George's and Mary's heads. This was most likely done as a reference mark for the young actors so the focus pu
When Mary (Donna Reed) throws her rock at an upstairs window of the dilapidated old house, the rock disappears a split second after leaving her hand, and then reappears in the distance just before crashing through the glass. The roof of the house was a ma
When Uncle Billy is counting the money at the bank for the deposit we can clearly see the first few bills are 5's, followed by at the most 20 more bills. Considering that these would have been monthly cash payments on $6000 mortgages it is unlikely that a
On the tombstone, Harry Bailey's years of life are show as 1911-1919, which would make him, at the oldest, eight years old when he died. However, immediately before George Bailey brushes away the snow to reveal the dates, Clarence states that Harry died w
When George Bailey is arguing with Mr. Potter in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "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." We never hear Po
When George is showing Clarence where Bailey Park is and it is a cemetery instead: George's company would not have developed the land until about the mid thirties. In the alternate reality, only-child Harry died in 1919 and was buried in a then-existing c
When Mary puts on "Buffalo Gals" on the phonograph, she starts a ten-inch, yellow-labeled record, but in the next shot, a dark-labeled record is playing. Also, when Mary breaks the record after the conversation with George, she breaks a twelve-inch, yello
In the drugstore when Mary leans over the counter to whisper in George's ear, a piece of tape suddenly appears on the edge of the counter between George's and Mary's heads. This was most likely done as a reference mark for the young actors so the focus pu
When Mary (Donna Reed) throws her rock at an upstairs window of the dilapidated old house, the rock disappears a split second after leaving her hand, and then reappears in the distance just before crashing through the glass. The roof of the house was a ma
When Uncle Billy is counting the money at the bank for the deposit we can clearly see the first few bills are 5's, followed by at the most 20 more bills. Considering that these would have been monthly cash payments on $6000 mortgages it is unlikely that a
On the tombstone, Harry Bailey's years of life are show as 1911-1919, which would make him, at the oldest, eight years old when he died. However, immediately before George Bailey brushes away the snow to reveal the dates, Clarence states that Harry died w
When George Bailey is arguing with Mr. Potter in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "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." We never hear Po
When George is showing Clarence where Bailey Park is and it is a cemetery instead: George's company would not have developed the land until about the mid thirties. In the alternate reality, only-child Harry died in 1919 and was buried in a then-existing c
When Mary puts on "Buffalo Gals" on the phonograph, she starts a ten-inch, yellow-labeled record, but in the next shot, a dark-labeled record is playing. Also, when Mary breaks the record after the conversation with George, she breaks a twelve-inch, yello
Clarence says Harry died at age 9, but the tombstone says 1911-1919, which at most would mean 8 years old. He could not have been 9 until 1920.
When Ernie fires his service revolver at George as George is running away, seven shots are heard. Most service revolvers carried by police only fire six rounds before needing reloaded.
In the drugstore when Mary leans over the counter to whisper in George's ear, a piece of tape suddenly appears on the edge of the counter between George's and Mary's heads. This was most likely done as a reference mark for the young actors so the focus pu
When Mary (Donna Reed) throws her rock at an upstairs window of the dilapidated old house, the rock disappears a split second after leaving her hand, and then reappears in the distance just before crashing through the glass. The roof of the house was a ma
When Uncle Billy is counting the money at the bank for the deposit we can clearly see the first few bills are 5's, followed by at the most 20 more bills. Considering that these would have been monthly cash payments on $6000 mortgages it is unlikely that a
On the tombstone, Harry Bailey's years of life are show as 1911-1919, which would make him, at the oldest, eight years old when he died. However, immediately before George Bailey brushes away the snow to reveal the dates, Clarence states that Harry died w
When George Bailey is arguing with Mr. Potter in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "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." We never hear Po
When Mary puts on "Buffalo Gals" on the phonograph, she starts a ten-inch, yellow-labeled record, but in the next shot, a dark-labeled record is playing. Also, when Mary breaks the record after the conversation with George, she breaks a twelve-inch, yello
In the drugstore when Mary leans over the counter to whisper in George's ear, a piece of tape suddenly appears on the edge of the counter between George's and Mary's heads. This was most likely done as a reference mark for the young actors so the focus pu
When Mary (Donna Reed) throws her rock at an upstairs window of the dilapidated old house, the rock disappears a split second after leaving her hand, and then reappears in the distance just before crashing through the glass. The roof of the house was a ma
When Uncle Billy is counting the money at the bank for the deposit we can clearly see the first few bills are 5's, followed by at the most 20 more bills. Considering that these would have been monthly cash payments on $6000 mortgages it is unlikely that a
On the tombstone, Harry Bailey's years of life are show as 1911-1919, which would make him, at the oldest, eight years old when he died. However, immediately before George Bailey brushes away the snow to reveal the dates, Clarence states that Harry died w
When George Bailey is arguing with Mr. Potter in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "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." We never hear Po
When Mary puts on "Buffalo Gals" on the phonograph, she starts a ten-inch, yellow-labeled record, but in the next shot, a dark-labeled record is playing. Also, when Mary breaks the record after the conversation with George, she breaks a twelve-inch, yellow-labeled record instead of the original ten-inch record.
In the drugstore when Mary leans over the counter to whisper in George's ear, a piece of tape suddenly appears on the edge of the counter between George's and Mary's heads. This was most likely done as a reference mark for the young actors so the focus puller could accurately pull focus.
When Mary (Donna Reed) throws her rock at an upstairs window of the dilapidated old house, the rock disappears a split second after leaving her hand, and then reappears in the distance just before crashing through the glass. The roof of the house was a matte painting, added after principal photography by the visual effects department. When Ms. Reed threw her rock (and it was her throwing it, not a stand-in), the arc of its flight was a bit too high, and it crossed the matte line for most of its travel. Consequently, it was covered up by the painting, which was added later. Apparently the live-action crew did not notice the potential problem when filming the shot.
When Uncle Billy is counting the money at the bank for the deposit we can clearly see the first few bills are 5's, followed by at the most 20 more bills. Considering that these would have been monthly cash payments on $6000 mortgages it is unlikely that anything close to $8,000 could have been in that small stack of bills. It is about 1/3 of the size of the wedding money which is 1/4 of the amount.
On the tombstone, Harry Bailey's years of life are show as 1911-1919, which would make him, at the oldest, eight years old when he died. However, immediately before George Bailey brushes away the snow to reveal the dates, Clarence states that Harry died when he was 9, showing that Clarence isn't numerically inclined.
When George Bailey is arguing with Mr. Potter in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "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." We never hear Potter say this, but it is possible that it happened near the beginning of the meeting, which we did not see.
George jumps into the river to save Clarence. As he is rescuing him, Clarence is screaming "help", but his mouth is not moving.
If Harry Bailey was a pilot that shot down a plane, why is he shown jumping from a plane with other paratroopers?
After Clarence disappears whilst being wrestled by Bert the cop, you can see the shadow of Ernie the cab driver shaking his finger. However, when the camera shows Ernie, he has both hands on the tree, and then he begins to shake his finger.
When George and Clarence are drying off in the bridge keeper's shack, the postcard hanging by the thermometer on the wall next to the door, repeatedly disappears and reappears between shots.
When George arrives home and finds Mary lying there, he puts his right hand on her right hand and kisses her. In the next shot he is caressing her head with his right hand.
When George crashes his car into the tree, there's not much snow on it. When he gets out of the car to have a look at the damage, there's lots of snow on the car.
When George and Mary are throwing rocks at the dilapidated house on the way home from the dance, as George throws his rock, the window that Mary is supposed to throw a rock at is missing. Then when Mary gets ready to throw her rock, the window is there.
When George visits his father in his office and finds him arguing with Potter, his father is standing behind his desk talking to Potter. There is a cut away from this, but upon return George's father is now on the same side of the desk as Potter.
When George has Mary's robe, the cord is trailing along the ground, but when George hands her the robe, the cord is all bundled up.
When George walks into the Bailey Building & Loan with a wreath hooked around his arm, he throws it on a desk. In the following shot, its back around his arm and he then drops it on the desk again.
The number of boys at the bottom of the slope during the sledding scene increases from shot to shot, even though we've only seen a couple actually sledding.
A hat being held by someone donating money in the Bailey house, first has a little snow, then a lot of snow, then no snow.
When Little Mary asks for chocolate ice cream, she's facing George, but when she stuck her tongue out at Little Violet, she was facing away from George.
Since George was a child when Harry died, then the cemetery where Harry is supposed to be buried was in business at least ten years before George could have bought the land to build the houses in Bailey Park .
When George invites Carter to come in and follows him in, he is holding the pipe with his left hand. However, in the shot after, someone asks him about hanging up the phone, he appears with the pipe in his right hand.
When George comes back to Gower's drugstore and faces Gower on the telephone, he's got his hand to his hair, but in the following shot he hasn't.
The standing position of Potter's bodyguard when Potter talks to Peter Bailey at the Building & Loan.
'The Bells of Saint Mary's" (1945) had just been released to the first-run, big-city theatre circuit, and would not have been playing the neighborhood, small-town theatre circuit this early.
The gigantic flowers in Mary's front yard could not have been that height on graduation night (May or June) in upstate New York.
When George Bailey and Mr. Potter are arguing in the board room after Peter Bailey's death, George says to Potter: "...I know very well what you're talking about; something you can't get your fingers on, and it's gawing (?) you, that's what you're talking about." "Gawing" is not the correct word, and there is no time-period reference to it that I can find. The word should be "Gnawing"; it would seem Stewart just mispronounced the word and the cameras kept rolling.
When George is showing the headline about his brother Harry to Ernie (and they show us too in a close-up), the paper goes from folded in half to opened, then back to folded.
When drying off after his jump in the river, Clarence mentions his book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He also mentions that George should check out what Mark Twain is currently writing. If he means 1945, the current year, Mark Twain wouldn't be writing anything, because he died in 1910. We don't know how he has the book. He couldn't have died with it like the night gown, because he says he's been waiting 200 years for his wings which would mean he died at least 131 years before it was published in 1876. Since Clarence is said to have "the IQ of a rabbit," and made a mistake regarding Harry's age in the sledding scene, and has apparently suffered multiple failures to earn his wings, it is possible he is confusing the date of his present assignment with a previous failed attempt to to assist peoples' lives on Earth in the past.
The characters of cousins Tilly and Eustace pose a problem. Supposedly, they are both Baileys being their last names are on their desk plates. These two, as well as George and Harry, all call Billy "Uncle Billy" throughout the film. It is further established that Peter Bailey is the father of George and Harry, with no mention of Billy having children of his own. So, if Peter Bailey and Uncle Billy are the only brothers here, who are Tilly and Eustace's parents? It couldn't be Billy since they both call him "Uncle Billy" instead of " Dad".
When Uncle Billy is counting the money at the bank for the deposit, we can clearly see the first few bills are 5's, followed by, at the most, 20 more bills. Considering that these would have been monthly cash payments on $6000 mortgages, it is unlikely that anything close to $8,000 could have been in that small stack of bills. It is about 1/3 of the size of the wedding money which is 1/4 of the amount.
In the montage depicting what happens to the townspeople of Bedford Falls during World War II, Joseph narrates, "Marty [Mary's brother] helped capture the Remagen Bridge," whilst Marty is shown calling out urgently and giving the classic infantry "Follow Me!" gesture. In the rear projection stock footage making up the background, however, American troops are actually walking casually onto the bridge in a non-tactical manner. The lighter-shaded rectangle on the right bridge tower is actually a sign that reads "CROSS THE RHINE WITH DRY FEET, COURTESY OF 9TH ARMD DIV.", which was put up the day after the bridge had been captured.