It Happened One Christmas (1977) Movie Script

(wind whipping)
- [Woman] Please help
my friend Mary, Lord.
- [Man] Mary's in trouble,
please help her, Lord.
- [Woman] She's a really
nice person, help her, Lord.
- [Man] I wouldn't have
anything without her,
please help her.
- [George] Mary's been
such a good wife to me,
won't you help her?
- [Woman] Dear Lord,
my daughter Mary.
- [Girl] Please
God, help my mommy.
- [Harry] Help my sister, Mary.
- [Girl] Bless mommy and
daddy, and especially mom.
- [Joseph] Who has been assigned
to look into these
prayers, Teresa?
- [Teresa] Oh we're
still looking, Joseph,
Christmas Eve is
a very busy night,
and this Christmas especially.
- [Joseph] There's an entire
town praying for one woman,
Teresa, those prayers
must be attended.
Now who is available
to attend them?
- [Teresa] Clara.
- [Joseph] Who else?
- [Teresa] Just Clara.
- [Joseph] This is a
delicate task, Teresa,
and in the 200 years
Clara has been here,
she has never been trusted
with even the
simplest assignment.
- [Teresa] Well then
all the more reason.
- [Joseph] Not only that, she
still hasn't earned her wings.
- [Teresa] Well that's difficult
to do if you've never--
- [Joseph] I don't intend
to discuss this, Teresa.
- [Teresa] Yes, Joseph.
- [Joseph] Now who is
available to help Mary Bailey
on this most crucial
night of her life?
- [Teresa] No one.
- [Joseph] Then send for Clara.
("Hallelujah Chorus")
- [Man] The angel Clara.
("Hallelujah Chorus")
- [Joseph] Please don't,
don't blow the trumpet
for every announcement.
- [Clara] I'm
thrilled and honored.
- [Joseph] Not now, Clara.
- [Clara] Oh.
- [Joseph] In order
to help this woman
for whom everyone in
Bedford Falls is praying,
you must know something
about her, do you understand?
- [Clara] Oh yes, and
I just want to say--
- [Joseph] All right then,
come, we have a long journey.
(wind whipping)
- [Woman] Lord God--
(people chattering)
- [Child] God bless
my daddy and my mommy.
- And your servant, Mary.
- Lord God.
(people chattering)
- Your good servant, Mary.
- Please help Mary, Lord.
- [Man] Please shine
your light on her now.
- [Man] Come to her
aid in our greatest
hour of need.
- Dear God.
- [Child] Please
bring mommy back.
- [Woman] Dear Lord,
my daughter Mary,
she's so full of spirit she
probably won't ask for herself.
- [Man] I ask you
to, to, to guide her.
To give her a sign.
- [Joseph] Now pay
attention, Clara,
I'm going to tell you
the story of Mary.
- [Clara] I just want
to take this oppoturnity
to tell you how pleased
and excited I am
to earn me wings by savin'
someone so many people
are prayin' for, oops, op.
- [Joseph] You're not to save
Mary, you're to guide her.
- [Clara] I meant
guide, I just said save.
- [Joseph] Now this
is Bedford Falls.
- [Clara] Charming, a
little dark, but charming.
("Hark the Herald Angels Sing")
Will I be able to do
that after I save Mary
and get me wings?
- [Joseph] Clara,
you're not to save her.
- [Clara] Guide her, I really
do mean guide when I say save.
- [Joseph] Because you
cannot interfere with events
by saving someone.
- [Clara] Of course not, that's
why you have to guide them.
- [Joseph] So watch carefully
because these are the events
in Mary's life you
must know in order to--
- [Clara] Guide her,
and earn me wings.
(orchestral music)
(light, uplifting flute music)
(children chattering)
- [Boy] Let's go, George.
- [Boy] Come on (drown out
by children chattering)
- [Boy On Sled] Watch out.
Knock it off.
- [Boy] Punch where you're at.
Now come on, Mary.
- [Joseph] That's Mary,
Clara, little Mary Bailey.
- [Clara] Oh, she looks so
young to be in so much trouble.
- [Joseph] She's
only 11 here, Clara.
- [Clara] Oh, well then,
that's probably why
she looks so young.
- [Boy] I'll beat
you next time, Mary.
- [Boy] Come on, Sam.
- [Girl] Come on
Sam, you can do it.
Oh no, I got it, Sam.
- Ow!
- [Boy] Too bad Sam, all right,
come on Harry, you're next.
All right, give him a big push.
All right, come on Harry.
- Come on baby brother,
you can do it, you
can beat the mark.
(children shouting
- [Girl] You show 'em
Harry, give it to 'em.
- [Boy] Come on
Harry, let's go Harry.
(children chattering)
- [Child] He did it,
right, Harry did it!
- [Boy] All right!
- Beat you by a mile.
- [Harry] Hey!
- Harry, Harry!
- [Boy] Harry!
- [Mary] Here,
grab ahold, Harry.
- [Child] We gotta get him out!
(children yelling)
- [Boy] Harry, hang in there.
- [Mary] Harder Harry, come
on, come on Harry, it's me.
- [Child] Harry.
- [Girl] Get him
out, get him out.
- [Mary] He's out.
- We got him.
- He's out.
(gentle orchestral music)
- [Clara] It was very
impressive the way she saved
her little brother, Harry,
and I just want to say
how charming I think it all is,
the people, the town,
the little girl.
She'll be very easy to save.
- [Joseph] Guide, and it's
not all that charming, Clara.
- Get outta the way, get
outta the way, trotters right.
- [Joseph] That, for
example, is Henry F. Potter,
the richest and of course
the meanest man in town.
- [Clara] There's always one
who's worse than the others.
- [Joseph] Yes, and there's
always one who's better,
like Mary's father,
Peter Bailey.
- [Willie] Don't go in there.
- [Mary] Uncle Willie,
I gotta see my dad.
- [Peter] Potter, I'm just
asking for a little time.
- [Henry] Uh, in my
business, time is a hand out.
You don't have two
nickles to rub together
and call a dime, Bailey.
Stop running the benevolent
society for deadbeats.
- [Peter] Deadbeats, hell,
without their work and industry,
you'd be flat broke,
- Foreclose.
- [Peter] I can't, those
people have children.
- [Henry] They're not
my children Bailey.
If they can't afford children,
they shouldn't have
'em in the first place.
Foreclose a couple of 'em,
that'll raise the 5,000
you owe the bank, teach a few
of these deadbeats a lesson.
- What makes you so
miserable, Potter?
You have no family, and
there's no children.
You can't even begin to
spend the money you do have.
- [Henry] Ah, I suppose
I should give it away,
to failures like you and
that idiot brother of yours.
- My pop's not a failure.
- No, not now, Mary.
- You're better than him,
all he's got is money!
My pop's not afraid of you,
everybody knows that!
- Yeah, thick old Bailey,
(chuckling) all sentimental.
- [Clara] She's good at it, but
I consider that a challenge.
- [Joseph] Clara,
that's George Hatch,
the boy Mary Bailey
has a crush on.
- [Clara] Oh, does
he like her too?
- [Joseph] Yes, of
course, that's why he
doesn't look at her
and she doesn't look at him.
- [Clara] Do they
spend a lot of time
not lookin' at each other?
- [Joseph] No, after
school Mary runs errands
for her father at the
Bailey Building & Loan.
And George Hatch works for
the druggist, Mr. Gower.
Oh yes, there's
something you should know
about Mary and Mr. Gower.
- [George] Now
what did you want?
- [Mary] Some licorice,
but first a cup of phosphate.
(glass shattering)
What's the matter with him?
- His son, the one in college,
was killed last
night in an accident.
- [Violet] Hi Mary.
- [Mary] Hi Vi.
- [Violet] Hiya, Georgie.
- Uh, what'll it be, Vi?
- [Violet] Well I don't know,
George, a fudge sundae maybe.
Or no, strawberry.
- I'll get the licorice.
- [Violet] You better
worry about my sundae.
(bottle clanking)
(Mr. Gower breathing unsteadily)
(glass clanking)
- [Mr. Gower] Uh, I gotta
get this prescription out.
- Mr. Gower?
- Mary please, go away, I, I,
I don't have time for you now.
- Mr. Gower.
Mr. Gower.
- [Mr. Gower] George, George,
stop your lollygagging
and get this over to
Jimmy Bishop's right away,
he's got influenza.
- Mr. Gower.
- Mary, will you please leave--
- The medicine's poison.
- Huh, poison?
- [Mary] Well it is.
- I am going to give you the
thrashing that you deserve.
- Please Mr. Gower,
don't hurt me.
George told me about your son,
I know you didn't mean to.
- Oh my god.
- It wasn't your fault.
I won't tell anybody, ever.
- Oh Mary, Mary, I'm sorry.
- [Clara] Did she
ever tell anyone?
- [Joseph] Not a soul.
- [Boy] Mary's
gonna marry Potter.
- [Boy] Nah-uh,
she's gonna marry--
- [Joseph] Nothing very
unusual happened to Mary Bailey
while she was growing up.
She dreamt of going to college.
- [Clara] Going to
college, dreamt.
- [Joseph] But the family could
only afford to send Harry.
- [Clara] Harry, college.
- [Joseph] And Mary went
on dreaming her dreams--
- [Mary] I wanna write!
- [Joseph] And
planning her plans.
- [Mary] I'm gonna save
all the money I earn
working for my father,
and I'm gonna travel,
and I'm gonna go
everywhere, see everything.
(uplifting orchestral music)
(whistle blowing)
- [Clara] Well, little
Mary Bailey's grown into
quiet a young lady,
hasn't she, Joseph?
- [Joseph] She's off to
see the world, Clara,
tomorrow she's
leaving for Paris.
- Oh, Uncle Willie. (laughing)
I'm gonna miss you so much.
- It's a farewell present,
Mary, go on, open it.
- Oh, Mr. Gower.
Oh, Mr. Gower!
Oh, and it's the perfect size.
- It's called the traveler.
- I'll put stickers on
it from everywhere I go.
France here, Italy,
Germany, Belgium.
- India, maybe
you'd meet Kipling.
- Uh, China.
- Nobody's ever been to China.
- Oh well then that settles
it, China goes right here.
- (laughing) Oh Mary, it's a
big, exciting world out there,
now go get it.
- I will, I will.
- Dear Lord, we thank
you for your bounty.
And please watch over
Mary on her voyage.
(tableware clanking)
Thank you for allowing
Harry to survive long enough
to graduate from high school.
- That reminds me--
- Amen.
- I'm suppose to pick up--
- Amen.
- Amen, I'm suppose
to pick up the prize
for the Charleston contest--
- Oh Harry, calm down.
- Oh, sit down.
- Mom, I was elected
- If you're gonna be
in a contest
- to do that, you know,
you said I could do it,
- you should a little
something to give you energy.
- they told me I could,
oh look, mom I'm ruined.
- Oh, you aren't ruined.
- Oh, you'll
survive, my goodness.
Come on into the kitchen,
I'll fix you up, quickly.
- [Tillie] I better come too.
- He is so funny, was I
like that when I graduated?
- Save me a wing.
- Oh you, you were
a bit rambunctious, you
were different though.
You do have a great
business sense, Mary.
I don't know if that'll
help you as a writer,
but it's exactly what we need.
- Well you'll have
Harry to help, Pop.
- Well Harry, Harry's got
a lot of growin' up to do.
- Well he's the same age
I was when I started.
- Well, maybe you
were born older.
- Pop, I can't stay here.
- I know that, honey,
and I'm for ya.
- You always said we
should follow our dreams.
I know that you've tried to
make the building and loan
something that would pay--
- Well not, not pay
Mary, to make it work.
Well it's an idea,
to put their trust in
the people next door.
Maybe even hold up their heads
against the Potters
of the world, huh?
- It is a dream,
it's a beautiful one.
It just isn't mine.
- I just thought you might
give the old building and loan
some consideration, after
you've had your fling.
- It isn't a fling,
Pop, it's my life.
I have something I wanna do, I,
and going to Europe
is just a part of it.
I'd just go crazy if I had
to spend the rest of my life
cooped up in some
shabby little office.
Oh Pop, I'm sorry,
I didn't mean that.
This'll always be home
to me, you know that.
- Yes I do know that.
And you're right, it is shabby.
But it'd be a lot
shabbier without you.
- Oh Pop, you're
probably the best person
I'll ever meet anywhere.
- [Tillie] Then why
bother to leave?
- You know you could
hear better Cousin Tillie
if you'd have stayed
in the room with us.
- I only understand recipes.
- Oh my goodness, Tillie,
why don't you leave it alone.
Go call Harry and Willie,
I've got their favorite pie.
- Willie!
- Got it Harry, there it is,
I found a good one.
- Oh thanks, Uncle Willie.
- I think I have to go away
before I can really
understand my family.
- Probably so, and vice versa.
(Mary laughing)
- Hey Mary, Mary, why
don't you come with me?
All your friends
are gonna be there,
we can have a
farewell party, okay?
- Yes, okay, I think
that's a terrific idea.
I'll go upstairs and change
into something perfect.
(mellow orchestral music)
(people chattering)
- [Sam] Mary Bailey.
- Sam, Sam Wainwright, are
you back to buy the town?
- I don't know, if
you come with it.
- [Mary] Are you
a millionaire yet?
- Oh gee Mary, give
a guy a chance,
I just graduated college.
- How are ya, Sam?
- You're looking
at a college grad.
- I know Sam, you just told me.
- Oh, right.
- [Mary] I'm really happy
for you, you look wonderful.
- So do you, I'm off to dad's
New York office as a trainee.
75 bucks a week.
- Oh, that's great.
- [Sam] Wish I could
get ya to come.
- Uh, oh, um no, I...
(bright orchestral music)
- Mary?
- Yes, sure, what Sam?
- Would you like to
dance or anything?
- Yeah, I'd, I'd love to
dance more than anything.
- That's swell, uh,
you know I just,
I learned this new
dance at school.
- Uh-huh.
- I wanna teach it to you,
it's the, it's the Charleston.
- I think this is a waltz.
(bright orchestral music)
- Sam, Mary, boy it's just
like old home week around here.
Georgie's back and everything.
- [Sam] Where?
- Hiya Mary.
- Hiya George.
- [Woman In Red Dress]
Sam, how was Princeton?
- Yale, I'm a graduate,
I just graduated.
- Oh that's wonderful.
- Now I'm goin' to work
for my father in New York,
at 75 bucks a week.
- Oh that's even more wonderful.
You know I've never
even been to New York.
Say, do you Charleston,
let's Charleston.
- Yes but, but this is a waltz.
(Mary laughing slightly)
- Would you like to dance?
- I never dance with strangers.
- Oh but I'm not a stranger,
I'm your old friend
George Hatch.
- No, you can't be.
The George Hatch I'm looking for
is about 18 and very restless.
- And I came here hoping
to find an old friend.
Maybe you've seen
her, Mary Bailey?
- I never heard of her.
- Oh well, she's about
16 and kinda scrawny.
- Where was your imagination?
- I guess it couldn't have
been very good, could it.
Shall we?
(crowd applauding)
- You never did have
very good timing, George.
- [Announcer] Now
here's our class
social director, Harry Bailey!
- Hear ye, hear ye,
the Charleston contest.
(crowd applauding)
A time-honored event in
Bedford Falls since last year.
(crowd laughing)
The last couple on the
floor wins this cup.
(crowd applauding)
- The Charleston, can't you
control your own family?
- Sam will be beside himself.
(swing music)
- I dare you.
(swing music)
Are you scared?
- No.
- Then do it, come on.
Come on, do it.
(swing music)
(crowd applauding)
- [George] Thank you!
- I thought you'd be
in Oklahoma by now,
building all those towns
you used to talk about.
- Well I had to get
some experience first.
You know, learn what
to do, how to do it.
I'm on my way to
Oklahoma now though.
Maybe even West Texas.
You know somethin' Mary,
I wanna start with nothing
and make something out of it.
A frontier, space,
I wanna build there.
Somethin' outta my own head,
somethin' I can
reach out and touch.
- Oh George, I know
exactly what you mean.
Creating something
out of your own head,
something that nobody else
has ever thought about before.
- [George] Yeah.
- I know exactly what you mean.
- You know maybe we could uh--
- What?
(rock clunking)
Oh too bad, you
know that saying,
break a window and the
house fairy'll make
your wish come true.
- Oh come on. (chuckling)
- Really.
I'll bet you don't even
know whose house this is.
- No, and tell you the truth,
I never really thought about it.
- See I guess you miss a lot
if you're just interested
in oil derricks.
- Oh no Mary, not
oil derricks, towns.
- Well towns aren't just
buildings, you know.
I mean, they're people
and they're feelings like
the Spanish ambassador's house.
- [George] This house was
the Spanish ambassadors?
- Oh George, that's
the biggest scandal
ever to hit Bedford Falls.
Mr. Potter and the
ambassador's wife.
- [George] (laughing)
Old man Potter?
- Yeah, they had one
torrid, impetus summer
and then it was over.
The ambassador
found out about it,
packed up, left,
never came back.
When I go to Spain
I'm gonna look him up.
I'm gonna get him to
sell the house to me.
You know, for the
good of the town.
- Mary.
- [Mary] Huh?
- You're lying.
- (laughing) George,
I don't lie, I create.
- Well you had me goin'
there for a minute.
- I know I did.
(both laughing)
Come on, let's make a wish.
(glass shattering)
What did you wish for?
- That you'd spend
every night with me
for the next two
weeks until I leave.
- Oh I'm sorry, it's
a conflict of wishes.
I'm leaving for Europe tomorrow.
Let's make another wish.
Come on, get a rock, okay.
- Mary, Mary!
Looking all over town for you.
You've gotta come quick,
it's dad, he's had a stroke.
(wind whipping)
(church bells tolling)
- [Man] Mary, I, I know
you've got a train to catch,
so I won't make any
speech but if your father
could've seen the way you took
over these past three months,
he'd have been a very proud man.
- Hear, hear.
- Thank you thank you misters.
- [Man] You know,
three months ago Mary
I thought we were
going to have to close,
you have done a wonderful job.
- [Man] Paris' gain is
Bedford Fall's loss.
- Hear, hear, yes.
(group applauding)
- So we thank you and we all
wish you Godspeed on your trip.
- Thank you.
- So much for amenities,
let's get back to business.
- Which is to
appoint a successor
to our dear friend,
Peter Bailey.
- That's not what I'm here for.
This institution isn't necessary
to Bedford Falls, never was.
I move we turn the company
over to the state receiver.
- Oh Mr. Potter, isn't
that a little premature?
- Shush, I don't want any more
of your political claptrap.
Peter Bailey's gone, there's
no one here competent
to run the damn thing.
- Well I feel as though I--
- Like I said, no one competent!
- Now well, wait
just a minute here.
- Okay Mary, your father
was no business man,
and business is what
we're here to discuss,
no matter how sad I
am at his passing.
- Oh, that's wonderful
coming from you, Potter,
considering you probably
sent him to his grave.
- Ridiculous.
- You're what's
ridiculous, Mr. Potter.
You never could beat
my father, could you?
- You're a
preposterous girl Mary,
you better hurry off to Europe
and write one of those books.
You deal better in
fiction than real life.
You think I couldn't
have crushed this
nickel and dime operation
in a day if I'd wanted to?
- Well maybe this is a
nickel and dime operation,
and frankly, why anybody
would wanna spend their life
doing it is beyond me.
But Peter Bailey
dedicated his life to it
and you people should
understand what you're giving up
before you knuckle under to--
- Now Mary, let's not get
all excited.
- Ah, shut up.
- You should get
excited, I'm leaving,
you're the ones that
have to stay here.
You should understand that
a, a man like Ernie Baker
being able to buy his own taxi
cab and own his own house.
- A taxi driver?
- Yeah, a taxi driver.
My father knew what gave
people self-respect.
When Potter here gouges
them for his company shacks,
he steals from them a lot
more than just their money.
He steals their dignity.
And you may not think that
shows up on some financial sheet
for a hardware store, or
matters to a doctor or a judge.
But just watch what
happens to all of you
if you let him win.
- [Henry] Gentlemen, I still--
- Mary what happened,
it was awful loud.
- Yeah it was, wasn't it?
- I'll tell you what happened,
Mary told Potter off in clubs.
- Spades, Uncle Willie.
- Okay, spades.
- [Man] Let's have
a show of hands.
All of those in favor of closing
the Business Building & Loan--
- Well what about you?
What're you gonna do if the
building and loan closes?
- I don't know, easy come,
easy come, I'll find something.
I'm only 49.
- 55.
- Mary, don't worry about me.
Just get on that train
and never look back.
(Tillie crying)
- Aunt Tillie.
- God.
- Oh Uncle Willie,
you gotta do something
to keep this place going.
- I will, I promise
Mary, I will.
- We have tentatively
voted Potter down.
(Mary laughing)
- Ha, ha, I told ya, Mary!
- How 'bout that? (laughing)
- We haven't sold Mary!
Get on that train and go.
- I said, tentatively.
Mary, you're the only
one that knows enough
to keep this place going.
- No, Uncle Willie
here's your man.
And Harry will help him,
the way I've always
helped my father.
It runs in the family.
- We all know what
runs in that family.
- Harry's very young,
and Willie, hm, well
he's not your father.
- No please look, I,
I can't afford to wait
till Harry's old enough.
- Typical Bailey, long on
speeches, short on action.
Now see young lady,
the deal doesn't include
anybody else but you.
I want you to run
it into bankruptcy.
(light, twinkling music)
- [Joseph] And so Mary Bailey
stayed in Bedford Falls,
and the train left without her.
- [Clara] Oh no.
- [Joseph] And she turned
in her ticket to Paris
and gave her brother Harry
the money to go to college.
She waited four years.
- [Clara] It doesn't see
fair, Harry off to college,
George Hatch off building
whatever it is he builds,
and Mary, still workin' at
the Bailey Loan & Building.
- [Joseph] Building & Loan,
and that's not the attitude
we're looking for here, Clara.
- [Clara] I know, but
four years passes slowly
for a girl that age.
- [Joseph] Yes, but they pass.
And the day finally came
for Harry to come home
and Mary to leave.
(pleasant orchestral music)
- [Clara] Look, that's
George Hatch, with a girl.
Why didn't he tell Mary
he was coming back?
Didn't he like her anymore?
- [Joseph] Yes, that's
why he didn't tell her
he was coming back.
- [Clara] Well, sorry
George, it's too late,
it's Mary's turn to leave.
- [Willie] Here's
Harry, somewhere.
- [Harry] Mary, Mary.
- Oh, my god.
- [Willie] Oh, there
he is. (laughing)
- How are you?
- You look terrific!
You've gained some weight.
- You've gotten fat.
- I have not.
- Yes, you have.
- Oh you look wonderful.
- [Willie] You look so great.
- Congratulations all around.
(talking over each other)
- Guys there's,
there's another thing.
Um, I, I'd like you
to meet Mrs. Bailey.
- Hello.
- How do you do?
- Hi.
- Nice to meet you, miss.
- No, Mrs. Bailey,
another Mrs. Bailey.
This is my wife, Helen.
- Harry!
- Oh, congratulations!
- That's wonderful.
(all laughing)
- Did you meet at school?
- Hey, stop that now.
(group laughing)
- Mrs. Bailey, how nice.
- I can't believe you did that.
- Tell you the truth,
I was kind of nervous
about it, you know.
- Don't be silly, she's lovely,
and Bedford Falls could
use some new blood.
- Well it wasn't uh,
wasn't really Helen
that I was nervous
about, you know,
that's not really the problem.
It's uh, it's her father.
- He's not too lovely.
- He's uh, he's manufacturer
up in Rochester,
and uh, he's doing
very well you know.
- Uh-huh.
- And uh,
well, it is The
Depression you know, and,
he's offered me a job.
(train whistle blaring)
- [Man] Harry, congratulations.
- [Woman] Where's
Rochester, Harry?
- George, oh how great
to see you!
- You look so good.
- Thank you, and so do you.
- [George] How are you?
- [Tillie] I'm
wonderful, thank you.
- Oh good, how ya doin'?
Oh yeah, yeah.
- [Woman] Here's one.
- Uncle Willie.
- George, George, George.
- Harry!
- George, how are you,
it's great to see you.
I, I'd like you to meet,
this is Helen, my wife.
(Helen laughing)
We're married.
- Your what?
- (laughing) We're
married, this is George.
- That's wonderful.
- Hey Mary, look who's
here, George, George Hatch.
- [Mary] Yes, uh.
- Hiya, Mary.
- Well, George Hatch.
- Who'd you expect?
- Well I certainly
didn't expect to see you.
- Well who else was gonna come
in from the frontier for you?
- I don't know, I
imagine somebody who'd
written to me once
in four years.
- You know I wasn't
good at that.
You're the writer.
'Sides, I expected that you'd
be in Paris, France by now.
- I thought you'd be in Tulsa
or the Yukon, or whatever.
- Well, I was but, I had a
little temporary setback.
Something called The Depression,
they're closing the oil field.
- (laughing) Yes I know, some
news does reach Bedford Falls.
January, February,
June or July
- Hey, you look great.
- So do you.
- You should've
known I'd come back.
- How?
- I wasn't gonna break up
the most famous dance team
in Bedford Falls.
- As I recall it was all wet.
I ain't had no lovin'
Since January,
February, June or July
- Come on, take a walk with me.
- No, you know they roll up the
sidewalks and put them away.
- Come on.
(people clapping)
$2,000, I saved $2,000.
That's a lot of
money Mary, $2,000.
You know what that means?
That's my ticket to
anywhere I wanna go.
I'm in great shape.
(glass shattering)
See that, can't miss.
- Oh come on, George.
- Listen, it's your house Mary,
why don't you give it a try?
- I don't know, seems childish.
- Listen, four years ago
you said we had a
conflict of wishes.
Maybe we just didn't
wish for the right thing.
- (sighing) Well.
- Come on Mary,
what's the matter?
Can't you dream anymore?
- Not tonight, I guess.
- That's not the
Mary Bailey I know.
Come on, try.
Come on.
(glass shattering)
(rock clanking on porch)
Whose wish?
- I don't know, maybe the
house fairy's being economical.
These are hard times, you know.
- Maybe we made the same wish.
(gentle orchestral music)
- I don't have $2,000, but I
can buy you a cup of coffee.
- Then you, you never
left, for Paris I mean.
- Well I almost did, I
was going, until today.
I stayed because Harry was
gonna go away to school
and then he was gonna
come back and take over.
He came back.
He's got a wife,
he's got a new job.
His father-in-law's
got this factory and
oh, what's the
difference, I don't,
I don't, it doesn't matter.
- Well Mary, maybe
it does, I mean
maybe he's doing something
he really wants to do.
- Well I'm sure he is, it
just isn't gonna help me
get to Paris or, wherever.
- [George] It's not
gonna stop you either.
- How do you know
what stops anybody?
What do you know about stopping?
You just go and do whatever
you please, whatever you want,
you don't have any
responsibility to anybody.
You and your $2,000,
you can't miss, right?
- That right, I can't miss.
And I'll tell you something
else, you can't either.
All you've gotta do
is really believe
what you wanna do and do it.
- How do you know what I
can do and what I can't do?
You think you can just come
in here, take off your jacket,
just make yourself at home,
you don't know anything.
You haven't been
here for four years.
You think you can
just come in and,
and tell me what's the
matter with my life.
You, and what're you looking at?
- I love you.
- Get outta here, George!
Well what, and that
doesn't even have anything
to do with anything, how
can you even say that to me?
(telephone ringing)
- [Sam] Mary, this is Sam,
Sam Wainwright, remember me?
(laughing) The man
of your dreams.
- Yes Sam, hi, how are you?
- [Sam] Oh well I'm fine
Mary, I'm just fine.
When I say I'm the man
of your dreams, well,
I'm more than just
that, you know?
- Yes Sam, I know.
- [Sam] Well, maybe this
time you don't, Mary.
I know you're never
surprised by much but
maybe this time I've
got a surprise for you.
- (laughing) That's nice,
I could certainly use one.
- [Sam] You still dreamin'
of goin' to Europe, hm?
- I'm always dreaming.
- [Sam] Well I work with
dad, and of course me too,
well, we're opening
a London office.
Now can you be there--
- Don't go.
Please stay.
(uplifting orchestral music)
(bright orchestral music)
(people talking excitedly)
- [Woman] Goodbye Mary, goodbye.
- Goodbye Mary,
goodbye, goodbye.
Goodbye Mary.
(pleasant orchestral music)
- [Ernie] Shouldn't you wait
until we get where we're going?
- No more waiting.
- Goodbye to Bedford Falls.
- Goodbye savings and
loan, goodbye Potter.
- [Ernie] Just where
are you two going?
- Over there.
- [Ernie] Over where?
Over there, send the word,
send the word, over there
For the Yanks are coming,
the Yanks are coming
- You still haven't told
me where you're going.
- As far as my, as far as
our $2,000 will take us.
- [Mary] Oh.
- [Ernie] Well, that oughta
get you there and back.
- And a Paris honeymoon,
and then, who knows.
- [Ernie] What's happening?
- What?
- [Ernie] I don't
know, take a look.
- [George] There's a lot
of people in the street.
- [Ernie] I'm no expert,
but this looks like
a run on the bank.
(rain splattering)
- Ernie come on, let's go.
- No, no, no, wait a minute,
George, I'll be right back.
- [Man] Oh Mary!
(people talking excitedly)
- I want my money!
- Come on, open the door!
(door rattling)
(people talking excitedly)
- [Man] Mary.
- [Man] Hey.
- What is it, Uncle
Willie, a bank holiday?
Come on in everybody,
and just sit down.
There's a seat for everybody.
- Mary, get over here.
- Can I have my money?
- Big trouble, the
bank called our loan.
I had to give away every penny.
- [Mary] All of it?
- Every last cent, and it's
still less than we owe.
I didn't know what to do
so I closed the doors.
- [Mary] You shouldn't close
the doors, Uncle Willie,
these people are terrified.
(telephone ringing)
- Hello.
Mary, it's Potter.
- Yes, Mr. Potter.
- There's a rumor around town
that you've closed your doors.
I was worried about you, these
things can get ugly you know.
I just wanted to
tell you that I've
notified the National Guard.
- We haven't closed
our doors, Mr. Potter.
You know our hours, we don't
close our doors until 6:00.
- Funny, that's
not what I heard.
Ah, but don't you worry
your little head, Mary,
I've personally guaranteed
the bank's funds.
Though I could lose
a fortune doin' it,
I'm willing to guarantee
all your investors too.
Just tell 'em to bring
all their shares over here
and what I'll do is I'll pay
'em 30 cents on the dollar,
pretty generous, I'd say,
given the mess you're in.
- Well thank you, Mr.
Potter, that's a very fine,
generous offer of help but
we're not in a mess here.
I, I can't imagine where
you got your information.
But, the building and loan
is just fine, Mr. Potter.
- How could that be, Mary?
The bank just called your loan.
- The building and loan
is fine Mr. Potter.
Thanks so much, goodbye.
(phone receiver clicking)
(sighing) Listen everybody,
this thing really isn't
as black as it appears, I've
just talked to Mr. Potter,
and he's personally guaranteed
cash payments at the bank.
- But I've got my money here.
- Did he guarantee
this place too?
- No Charlie, we don't
need Potter over here.
(customers grumbling)
- [Male Customer]
Well I want my money.
- [Female Customer] Yeah, Mary.
- Wait a, wait a minute, you,
you're thinking of
this place all wrong.
This is a building and loan,
the money isn't in the safe
like it is over at the bank.
The money's in your houses,
it's in your house Ed,
and Charlie, it's in your house.
You've invested your
money in each other.
What're you gonna do,
foreclose on one another?
- I got $242 in here,
I want what's mine.
(customers talking at once)
- All right, all right, okay.
All right Tom, fine, you--
- I want all my money.
- you can have your money
in 60 days, just
sign right here.
- [Several Customers] 60 days?
- I can't wait 60 days.
- Well that's what you agreed to
when you bought your shares.
- [Man Entering Bank] You
all get your money back?
- [Customers] No.
- [Man] Not for 60 days.
- Well I got mine, Potter'll
pay 30 cents on the dollar
for every share
you've got, cash.
- 30?
- 30 cents?
- What do you say to that?
- You agreed to 60 days when
you bought the shares, Tom.
I'll pay you in 60 days.
- Then I'm sorry Mary,
I'm gonna go to Potter.
A third is better than nothing.
- That's right.
(customers talking at once)
- Wait Tom, wait, all
of you, please listen.
Potter already owns
the mill and the bank.
You want him to own you too
for 30 cents on the dollar?
Joe, you lived in one
of Potter's houses.
Have you forgotten
what he charged you
for that broken down shack?
And Ed, remember last year
when you couldn't
make your payments?
The building and loan
didn't throw you out.
Potter would've thrown you out
on the street, you know that.
Can't you see what's
happening here?
Potter isn't
selling, he's buying.
It's 'cause were
panicking and he's not.
He's just sitting up there
picking off bargains,
and we're the bargains.
We can beat this thing
if we just don't panic,
if we just stick together.
But we just gotta have
faith in each other.
- But my husband hasn't
worked in a year,
I need money Mary, not faith.
- Yeah, we've gotta have money.
- I have doctor bills, Mary.
- I know that.
No, I, I...
(customers grumbling)
- I can't feed my kids
on promises, Mary.
(customers grumbling)
- Hey!
Listen, this isn't a
promise, this is real money.
- What?
- Huh?
- And you can feed
your kids on this.
- Can I get my money now?
- Now you're talking.
- [George] The building and
loan is open for business.
And you won't have to
wait 60 days, either.
- [Man] I want my money.
- [Mary] George, are you sure?
That's all we have.
- Listen, I'm no banker, you
take care of these people.
(door clanking shut)
- Okay Tom, how
much do you need?
- [Tom] 242.
- Oh now please, Tom.
- That's what I need, Mary,
to close out my account.
- [Mary] No, no, no, your
account's still right here.
All right here, this is
just a loan, 42, okay.
All right, Ed.
- I have $300 in my account.
- All right Ed, how much do
you need to really get along?
- Well, I could get by on 20.
- That's the spirit,
Ed, good, $20.
You got that Uncle Willie?
- Yes, I have it down.
- Okay, great, Mrs. Thompson.
- Well, all's I
need's $17.50, Mary.
- Oh, Mrs. Thompson,
bless your heart.
You got 50 cents?
Great, here we go, 10,
five, 17.50, there we go.
Mrs. Johnson.
Okay, there you go.
(bells tolling)
Great, six, five, four,
three, two, one, shut down.
- We made it.
- We made it.
- We made it y'all.
(telephone ringing)
What've we got, $2 in
assets, put it in the vault.
- All for one, and one for one.
- No, that's not it.
- Mrs. Hatch,
it's your husband.
- Oh.
- [George] Hi honey.
- Oh George, I'm so glad.
I mean, I almost forgot.
- [George] Ernie'll pick
you up in five minutes.
- Why, we missed the
train, didn't we?
- [George] Well, maybe the
train but not the boat.
- What?
(rain splattering)
(bouncy orchestral music)
Why are we stopping here?
- Watch your step madame.
- [Mary] I'm gonna drown.
- [Ernie] Yes, it is rather
humid, isn't it madame?
- [Mary] Is George here?
- [Ernie] Yes, the master
of the estate is present.
(thunder clapping)
(knocking at door)
(door creaking)
- Who shall I say is calling?
- [Ernie] Would you announce
the arrival of
Mrs. George Hatch?
- [Doorman] Entre, madame.
- Thank you, oh gosh.
- Mrs. George Hatch.
(clearing throat)
- Welcome home, Mrs. Hatch.
- [Mary] Oh George!
I love you truly, truly dear
- George.
- [George] What?
- It's so beautiful.
(George laughing)
Life with its sorrow
Life with its tears
- Here's to Paris in
Bedford Falls, and to us.
- To us.
- [George] What're
you laughing at?
- I think maybe we shouldn't
have broken all those windows.
For I love you truly
Truly dear
(light, happy music)
(birds singing)
- [Mary] We're still
in Bedford Falls.
- [George] Mm-hmm.
- [Mary] Now we can't
afford a honeymoon.
- [George] Mm-hmm.
- I even spent your money.
- No, you didn't
spend my money, ours.
And you didn't spend
it, you invested it.
- Those poor
people, damn Potter.
He scares everybody, he
stampedes all over them.
- Hey listen, you sound like
you're trying to depress
a very happy man.
- That's pretty awful.
- [George] Mm-hmm.
- Okay.
Let's just figure out
what our assets are.
- [George] Okay.
- Well, I got $2 in the bank.
- Wait a minute, not in the
bank, in the building and loan.
- And we've got one dreamer
builder of boom towns.
- And a banker with the
imagination of Emile Zola.
- Oh George, I love you.
- And I love you.
- [Mary] Do you?
- Yeah, even if you didn't
get to Paris, France.
- Yet.
- Okay, yet.
(tractor engine sputtering)
- [Mary] Oh George,
it looks wonderful.
Come over here so
you can see it.
Oh catch it, catch it!
- Catch it?
- Yeah. (laughing)
Some people have no
sense of dedication.
(both laughing)
- [Joseph] And so
Mary and George Hatch
began building Bailey Park.
- [Clara] But Mary and
George have no money.
- [Joseph] Yes, but Mary owns
the Bailey Building & Loan,
Clara, and George is a builder.
Now don't you see
how that works out?
- [Clara] Not truly,
but I hope it does,
I've gotten fond
of both of them.
- Um, Mr. Potter, I just
don't think you can laugh off
that there Bailey
Park any longer, sir.
- Get outta here, Sassini,
and let me think about
some real problems.
I can laugh off any
damn thing I please.
- Yes, we all know that, sir.
- You don't think I'm
worried about a wort like
Bailey Park, or do
you, Mr. Sassini?
- No sir.
- I'm just giving him
enough rope, that's all,
then I'll watch him dangle.
- Mary.
- [Mary] Hiya, Doc.
- They told me down to the
office you were out here.
- Yeah.
- Where's George?
- Oh he had to go
over to Hanford
to arrange for some deliveries.
It seems everything,
supplies, materials,
everything's being
used by Mr. Potter.
- How are you feeling, Mary?
You're lookin' a little tired.
- Do I hear a lecture coming on?
- No, I was just
thinkin' that maybe
you should think less
about fighting Mr. Potter.
- We're not fighting Mr.
Potter, he's the one.
He makes everything
so hard for us.
- I know, I was
just thinkin' that,
well you and George, you
aren't gettin' any younger
and most people
have their families
pretty well along by this time.
- Oh Doc, tell me.
- Well I can't tell you much,
like whether it's gonna
be a boy or a girl.
- Oh!
Oh, oh really?
Oh wait till George comes home.
(horn honking)
- Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Hatch.
- Yes?
- Mr. Potter says he
wants to see you, now.
- Mr. Potter wants to see me?
- Well he says I'm
suppose to say, please.
- (laughing) Did he,
Mr. Potter said, please?
- Please.
- Well that's worth
a trip in itself.
(engine humming)
(orchestral music)
(knocking at door)
- Is that little Mary
Bailey, come in Mary.
- [Mary] Good
evening, Mr. Potter.
- Uh-huh, a drink Mary,
a glass of wine maybe?
- No, no thank you.
- I can't offer you a cigar
but George'd relish one,
I know, where is he Mary?
Hasn't run off to some
oil field, has he?
- You know very well
where he is, Mr. Potter.
He's trying to get
supplies you blocked off.
- Here, take this box for him.
With my compliments.
- Thank you.
Well I suppose I'll find
out sooner or later.
What exactly did you
wanna see me about?
- That's what I like
about you, Mary,
right down to business.
Make yourself comfortable.
I'm an old man,
most people hate me.
Let 'em, I run practically
everything in this town.
With one exception,
the building and loan,
and as you know, for
several years now
I've been trying to
get control of it.
- Or kill it.
- Yeah, but you've been
stopping me Mary and,
now you've done it,
you beat me that,
that takes some doing.
Now four years ago, for
instance, you remember
The Depression, the run on the
bank, panic in the streets,
the whole country on
the edge of chaos.
We kept our heads
Mary, you and me.
You saved the building and
loan and I saved the rest.
- Some people might
interpret that differently.
- The envious ones, the suckers.
Look at you Mary, 28, 27 maybe.
Makin' $45 a week, what happens
if a child or two comes along?
You just might not make it.
- We just might.
- I'm talkin' to
Mary Bailey Hatch,
the smart ambitious young woman
who has been dyin'
to get out on her own
since the day she was
born, and write books,
travel the world, but she
can't because she's trapped.
Trapped and a
frittering her life away
playing nursemaid to
a lot of garlic eaters
and taxi drivers, isn't that
pretty much a correct picture?
- What's the point, Mr. Potter?
- My point?
My point is I, I
want to hire ya.
- You wanna hire me?
- I want you to
manage my properties
and I'll start you
out at $20,000 a year.
And buy your husband's
construction company.
You wouldn't mind living in
the nicest house in town,
buying yourself a
lot of fine clothes,
business trips to New York,
once a year to Europe.
You wouldn't mind
that, would you Mary?
- (laughing) Um, gee Mr.
Potter, I know I oughta just
jump at the chance of a--
- I'm offering you a three-year
contract at $20,000 a year,
starting tonight, is
it a deal or isn't it?
- Uh well, I would,
I'd uh, I'd uh,
I'd like to really
think it over.
- [Henry] Sure you do.
- I'd, I really have
to talk to George.
- Yeah, you go on home and
talk to George about it,
it's just the kind of
encouragement he might need,
after his trip.
- Yes, I'd...
- Meantime I'll, I'll
draw up the papers.
- Yeah that would, that
would be fine, Mr. Potter.
Wait a minute here, I don't
have to think about this.
I don't have to talk to anybody.
The answer is no, just,
just, plain flat no.
(laughing) Boy, you are
really something Mr. Potter.
You think that you can
just sit around here
and spin your little webs,
and the whole world
just revolves around
you and your money.
Well it doesn't, Mr. Potter.
God in the whole vast
configuration of things,
you're nothing, you really are,
you're nothing more
than a, than a spider.
And I'm really happy
not to be caught in your
scurvy little web.
Here, Mr. Potter, have a cigar.
I'm gonna have a baby.
(light, happy music)
- [Joseph] So Mary and
George had a child,
the first of three.
- [Clara] A child, oh
time goes so fast Joseph.
Just a little while
ago she was a child,
dreaming of going
places and doing things.
- [Joseph] That's life,
Clara, don't you remember?
- What's happening, Joseph?
- All aboard.
- Take good care
of your mother.
- George is leaving
Bedford Falls, Clara, along
with many other young men
to fight for his country,
America is going to war.
(slow, solemn orchestral music)
- Go on aboard, son.
(slow, solemn orchestral music)
- [Child] Bye.
- [Child] Bye.
- Bye, mom.
- Oh James. (crying)
- [Child] Bye.
(train rumbling)
(light orchestral music)
(drumming music)
- [Mary] Dear Mary, like
everybody else here,
my feet hurt, my back aches.
- [George] And oh, my stomach.
Now I know why they call the
place we eat a mess hall.
God I miss you and Pete and
Janie and Suzy, and you.
I guess we'll just have to
get this thing over with fast.
Till then, I'm yours
always, George.
(drumming music)
- [Ernie] Dear Mary, I'm not
sure who we're suppose to be
defending the Panama
Canal against.
So far the worst attacks have
come from the mosquitoes.
All and all I guess I'm
safer here than I'd be
if I was still racing my
taxi around Bedford Falls.
Oh well, that's all
for now, love, Ernie.
(bright orchestral music)
- [Bert] Dear Mary, so I
figured with all my experience
back in Bedford Falls,
they'd make me into an MP.
But the closest I got was KP,
how do you like them potatoes?
Your pal, Bert.
(bright orchestral music)
- [Harry] Dear Marry,
it's only the taking off
and landing that's hard,
especially with the deck
of the carrier bouncing
around like a cake of soap
in the bathtub, but I think
I'm getting the hang of it.
Love to mom, Willie,
Tillie, you and yours,
from your kid brother,
Lieutenant Harry Bailey.
(bright orchestral music)
- Daddy's coming home.
He's, he's just got
this little hurt,
he says it isn't a very big hurt
and you know how he exaggerates.
- Mm-hmm.
- So it probably isn't anything.
Anyway, he's coming home
and everything's gonna
be just the way it was.
(laughing) Suzy, you don't
even remember him, do you?
You were too little.
It'll be wonderful
having him back.
I know he missed us, just
as much as we missed him.
You're really gonna
like him, Suzy.
And everything's gonna be great.
(train chugging)
(solemn orchestral music)
Remember it the way
we dreamed it, George.
Fresh painted houses
and green lawns
and families growing
up together, it's
still there, George.
If you can only see it
the way we dreamed it.
It's still there.
- Sassini, is this true?
- Yes sir, uh, what?
- These reports on Bailey Park,
five houses contracted from
two to six months behind?
- Yes sir, they
belong to the people
you fired from your mill.
- How's she doin' it,
she can't hold out.
There must be someway
she's holding on.
Now what would I be doin',
if I were in her place?
(chuckling) Well, we'll
just see how she handles
the surprise bank examination.
(both laughing)
(phone dialer clicking)
("Deck the Halls")
- Hey Mary, what's so
interesting in all them
out of town papers?
- Oh I can't wait a week for
the Bedford Falls Gazette.
- Can't imagine why.
(Mary chuckling)
- Mary.
- Hi Vi.
- I heard it on the radio,
oh it's so exciting.
Is it in the city papers?
- It's only in the
headlines, look at this,
Boston, New York, Portland.
- Does it actually say
he's from Bedford Falls?
- Well it says, Lieutenant
Commander Harry Bailey
will receive the
Congressional Medal of Honor
from the president in a
ceremony at the White House.
- Oh, today, Mary, I better
catch it goin' on right now.
- [Clara] Oh it's going
well, isn't it, Joseph?
Bailey Park and the
building and loan,
and Mary's brother
comin' home a hero.
- Got a paper?
- [Mary] You bet I do.
- Aw good, I wanna see
if it's gonna snow.
- Snow, you read every
single word of that.
- Well you know I was
on one of these ships,
they hold about 2,000 men.
- [Clara] Mary isn't young
anymore though, is she Joseph?
She isn't old but she
isn't really young.
- [Joseph] No Clara, she isn't.
- He's on the phone, now hurry!
Phone, now hurry, hurry!
- Oh, oh,
Harry's on the phone.
- I found her, she's here!
- Goodbye.
- Oh Mary, I almost forgot,
I have to make the deposit,
- Harry, Harry, wait.
- and the bank
is closing early.
- Hello, hello?
Oh, he hung up.
- Oh.
- He said he was
late for something.
He sounded just wonderful.
- Did he?
- Mm-hmm.
He said your mother was
having a wonderful time,
and they had lunch
with the president.
They had beef wellington, and
chocolate mousse for dessert.
- Excuse me, Mrs. Hatch.
- Oh, I'm sorry,
it slipped my mind
in the excitement and all.
Mary, this is Mr. Simpson,
the bank examiner.
- Bank examiner?
- Yes, we sometimes
make unscheduled visits,
as you must know.
- Oh yes, it's just that
we were just examined--
- [Mr. Simpson] Your regular
examination six months ago.
- Oh I know, that's why our--
- The banking commission
is very concerned
about all institutions entrusted
with the people's money.
- Oh of course, it's just
that it's Christmas Eve,
and my brother's being awarded--
- Yes, I've heard,
Could we get started, I'd like
to be home for Christmas Eve.
- Uh, certainly.
("Oh Come Let Us Adore Him")
- [Willie] Hello
there, Mr. Potter.
- Oh making your last deposit
before bankruptcy, Willie?
- Don't you wish.
Well, let me just show
you something, Mr. Potter.
Oh, what's in the
news today, Potter?
Not something about the
Baileys of Bedford Falls is it?
Oh by golly, here it is,
Harry Bailey gets
Congressional Medal of Honor.
- Well you can't spend
medals in peace time.
- Can't keep those Baileys
down now can you, Mr. Potter?
And they don't give medals
for trying. (laughing)
40 years and we ain't done
yet, Potter. (laughing)
("Oh Come Let Us Adore Him")
- I guess you forgot something.
- What?
- [Bank Teller] Well, aren't
you going to make a deposit?
- Sure, sure I am.
- Well it's usually customary
to bring the money with ya.
- Well I, huh, I uh, I,
I know I had it with me.
("Oh Come Let Us Adore Him")
- When you left the office,
did you stop anywhere?
- I don't think so.
- You went right to the bank?
- [Willie] Yeah.
- You always like to
look at the watches,
did you go into Mr. Thompkins?
- I don't think so, oh
Mary, I just don't know.
- Well think.
- [Clara] Oh, it's
not fair, Joseph.
- [Joseph] She's going
to need you, Clara.
- [Clara] I'll be ready, Joseph.
When the time comes, I'll
find a way to guide Mary.
("We Three Kings")
- We, we, we've gotta try
and establish a sequence.
Now, did you have the
money before you met me?
Did, did you leave it
on the table or anything
when you were talking to Harry?
Uncle Willie please,
pay attention.
- I had it, I don't know.
- Did you, do you have any,
any secret hiding places?
- I thought, no.
- Is there any place I--
- I don't know.
- Like in your house, where
you, where you put things?
- I'm trying Mary, I really am.
- No, you're not,
you're not trying.
Think, think.
- Mary, I'm no good to ya.
I, I just louse things up.
- That, that doesn't help.
- It was the same
with your father.
He just carried me.
- I don't wanna hear it.
I just want you to remember
where you left the money.
Do you understand that?
- I just don't know why anybody
wants to keep me around.
- Stop that!
Do you think you can
get away with this
just because you can act
like a doddering old fool?
Think, just make one
little demand on yourself.
Where did you have
the money, Willie?
Where is that money, you fool?
Don't you understand,
we're ruined.
George, Bailey Park, the
building and loan, everything.
Do you think Potter's
just gonna let this go?
Somebody's going to jail,
and it isn't gonna be me.
For once dammit, I'm
not gonna be the one.
("Hark the Herald Angels Sing")
- [Pete] Oh, here's our
package, how 'bout bringing it--
- [George] Put that, yeah,
you can put that there.
- Yeah.
- Um-hmm.
- [Pete] That'll be nice.
- And we're gonna hang
some tinsel later.
Listen, put this here,
see this candy cane,
put that right down on the
end there, oh that's perfect.
("Hark the Herald Angels Sing")
- Hey mommy's home!
Hey mom, look what me
and dad were doing,
we're um, we, we, we, um--
- Hi sweetheart,
we saved the angel
for you.
- Teacher taught me
a new song, dad said if I
memorize it, I'll be prepared
to play it for everybody
tomorrow when they come.
- Hey mom, I'm making a sign,
how do you spell hallelujah?
I'm making a sign,
how do you spell hallelujah?
- I thought you were gonna
close early today,
where, where did you go?
- I went out.
- Where'd you go, for a
little carousing and drinking?
- Mommy, can you help me,
this is the hard part.
- Mom.
- What is it,
what do you want?
- I wanna spell hallelujah.
- Wait, what, wait
a minute, what?
Hallelujah, A, I don't
know, look it up.
You're old enough to
look up in the dictionary
what you want.
- Mary, did you get the wreath?
- Oh, the wreath, no I, I
forgot about the wreath.
- It's the only thing I
asked you to remember.
- I don't care about the wreath.
- [Pete] Mom, does it
have two Ls or what?
- I told you, go look
it up in the dictionary,
you know that.
- I wanna know this--
- Please help me.
- Will you stop playing that?
- [Janie] I have to practice.
- Why didn't you practice
before, it's Christmas Eve.
- Does this mean you're not
gonna help us put up the angel?
- Mom, look.
- Uh yes that's what it means.
- [George] Then why don't
you go upstairs and see Suzy?
- Why, what's the
matter with Suzy?
- She won a prize,
it was a flower.
She didn't wanna button
her coat and crush it,
so she caught a cold.
- She's got a cold?
- Oh come on, well
it's not serious,
Doc Jockua says she's
gonna be all right.
- The doctor was here?
Oh that's swell, I mean
that's all we need now.
I mean, it's a wonder we
all don't have pneumonia,
this house is so drafty.
- Mary, what is the
matter with you?
- Nothing is the matter with me.
I'm worried about
Suzy, she has a cold.
Isn't that what you said?
What is it?
- Mom, how do you spell
hallelujah, does it have--
- Mom!
- Stop playing
that idiotic piece!
- Then why don't
you go on upstairs?
- I will.
Hi, sweetheart.
- I won a flower, see?
- Aw, it's pretty.
("Hark the Herald Angels Sing")
- [Suzy] I better
get it a drink.
- No, no, no, you lie
down, I'll get the drinks.
Oh, I'm sorry.
- You broke my flower.
- That's all right
darling, it doesn't matter.
- You broke my flower.
You fix it, you paste it.
("Hark the Herald Angels Sing")
- There.
- That's not all right.
- Well this is
the best I can do.
Go on, lie down.
You lie down, you go to sleep,
you get some rest and
you'll be all better.
- I don't wanna lie
down, I want my flower.
- Please Suzy, mommy needs
you to be good right now.
I know you feel sick
and you feel grumpy,
please be good, my good
girl for mommy, please.
- You broke my flower!
- All right Susan,
that's enough.
Go to sleep, lie down,
you've got your flower.
- Uh, Mrs. Welch no, no,
everything's gonna be fine.
- Is that Suzy's teacher?
- Yeah, yeah, don't you,
don't you worry.
Yes it is.
- Oh I wanna speak to her.
- Could you hold on
a minute, please?
- Hello, Mrs. Welch,
this is Mary Hatch,
I'd just like to know what
you think you're doing
by sending a child
home half dressed.
Well she's too young to
make that kind of judgment.
Janie will you please.
You're an adult, well
you're a teacher,
that's what we pay you to do
is to make those
kind of judgments.
She's a little kid, you let
her go home half exposed,
she'll probably catch
pneumonia or something.
Hello, oh.
She hung up.
- Well Mary, what do you expect?
- Listen, the child has to
see that lady every day.
- Mom, do you know where the--
- No, no, I don't.
Stop it!
(piano keys banging)
- Mary!
You stop it.
(dramatic orchestral music)
(door slamming shut)
- I'm in trouble, Mr.
Potter, I need help.
Through some sort
of an accident,
my company's short
in their accounts.
There's a bank examiner
up there right now.
I've gotta raise
$8000 immediately.
- That must be
what the reporters
wanted to talk to me about.
- Please help me, Mr. Potter.
Can't you see what this
means to my family?
I'll give you any
sort of interest
or bonus you want on the money.
- Could be there's some slight
discrepancy in your accounts?
- There's nothing
wrong with my books.
I've just misplaced $8,000,
I can't find it anywhere.
- Why'd you come to see me?
Why didn't you go
to Sam Wainwright?
- He's in Europe.
- I thought you had a
lot of friends, Mary.
- They don't have
that kind of money,
you know that, Mr. Potter.
You're the only person
in town that can help me.
- Well what collateral
could you offer, Mary,
your stocks, your
bonds, Bailey Park?
Just look at you, the girl who
was gonna conquer the world.
Here you come crawling,
on your hands and knees,
begging for help.
- I've got a $15,000
life insurance policy.
- What's your equity?
- $500.
- Why Mary, you're worth
more dead than alive.
(laughing) I'll tell you
why you didn't go for help
to those riff raff
friends of yours because,
they'd turn on ya, run
ya outta town on a rail.
First sign of
trouble, they turn.
Remember that Mary,
and they'll hate you
more than me because
they believed in you.
(sorrowful orchestral music)
- Oh God, dear father in heaven,
please show me the way,
I'm at the end of my rope.
(car crashing)
(horn blaring loudly)
Deck the halls with
boughs of holly
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La
'Tis the season to be jolly
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La
Don we now our gay apparel
Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La
Troll the ancient
Yuletide carol
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
(people chattering happily)
- [Nick] Hi, Mrs. Hatch.
- Hi, Nick.
- [Nick] Sit down.
- Uh, thanks.
- Hey, what happened
to your eye?
- Oh, I had this
accident in the car.
- Aw, that's too bad,
what can I get ya?
- Uh, I don't think
I want anything.
- Aw, come on, hey, let
me make you an egg nog.
It's on me.
- Okay.
(Nick laughing)
- Mary, how wonderful you come.
No sit at bar, come
here, I get a table, uh?
- I don't think
so, Mr. Martini--
- What, what, what happened
- I don't feel good.
- to your eyes?
Oh God, you hurt yourself, Mary?
- I, I, I hurt
myself On the car.
- Mary.
(men laughing)
Remember one day we talk about
when I have my restaurant
you're gonna come and have a
nice glass of wine with me?
- Yeah.
- How 'bout now, huh?
- I don't think so,
not, not, not tonight,
I don't feel like it
tonight, thanks Mr. Martini.
- Merry Christmas, Mrs. Hatch.
- Merry Christmas.
(wind whipping)
- [Mr. Martini] Mary,
Mary you be careful.
(people laughing and talking)
(wind whipping)
(car horn honking)
- [Driver] Look out,
you wanna get killed?
(wind howling)
- [Henry] Why Mary, you're
worth more dead than alive.
Worth more dead than alive,
more dead than alive,
dead than alive.
(wind howling)
- Help, help, oh help!
Oh, oh, oh.
(ice cracking)
(Clara yelling)
Oh oh help, help me, oh.
Aren't you gonna help?
Help me save myself, help.
Oh, swim oh, help. (yelling)
- [Mary] Come on, hurry, help.
- [Clara] Oh, oh, I'm
sinking, I'm sinking.
- [Mary] I'm coming,
we're coming.
You just stay calm,
just stay calm.
Here, we're coming.
(Clara yelling)
Here, come here, here,
give me your hand.
Grab ahold of my legs.
- (yelling) Help, help,
somebody, save me.
(Clara yelling)
- Hold my hands.
Oh, you know, come over here.
That's right, hold on.
Settle down, that's right.
- (yelling) Stop, stop!
- Hold on, pull, pull.
That's right.
(Clara yelling)
Hold on, pull!
- Oh my goodness.
- Hold on.
Pull, pull!
(Clara yelling)
Hold on, hold on.
- It seems my dear
you've had experience.
(light orchestral music)
Attractive, isn't it?
I was so pleased
to pass away in it.
- What's this?
- Oh Dickens' new book,
though I hear the one
he's writing now,
Oliver Twist, is better.
He's becoming quiet popular
in the 19th century.
- That was pretty dumb, walkin'
around on that thin ice.
- Oh, I thought it
quite clever myself.
It was all planned to
get Mary's attention.
Quite successful
don't you think?
She didn't go through
with it, did she?
- Go through with what?
- A big leap.
- It is against the law to
commit suicide in this state.
- In my state too.
- Which is what?
- The state of grace.
I had to think quickly,
I knew if she thought
I was in trouble,
she's try to save me,
and that's how I saved her.
- You saved me?
- Yes, I'm the answer
to your prayers.
- The last time I prayed, I
crashed my car into a tree.
- Well we'll try to do better.
Oh, I'm so thrilled.
This is my big chance.
I know everything about ya.
I've watched you grow up.
- Who are you anyway?
- I'm Clara Odbody, A.S.C.
- What the devil is a A.S.C.?
- It stands for
angel, second class.
- Angel, second class.
- I'm an angel.
(wind whipping)
(door slamming shut)
He wasn't too friendly.
- I must be losing my
mind, or maybe I did jump.
- I'm here to help you.
- You look like about the
kind of an angel I'd get.
Sort of a fallen
angel, aren't you?
What happened to your wings?
- I've got to earn them.
- Oh.
- And you're going to help me.
- [Mary] Oh, how
am I gonna do that?
- By letting me
help you, of course.
- Oh.
You don't happen to have 8,000
unneeded dollars, do you?
- Oh we don't use
money in heaven.
- Oh, well it comes in pretty
handy down here, I'll tell ya.
- Well, we'll just have
to think of somethin'.
- Know what it's like
to be worth $500,
and that in an insurance policy?
- Oh, you mustn't
talk like that.
Why, you don't know
all that you've done.
Well if it hadn't been for you--
- Yeah, if it hadn't been for me
a lot of people'd
be a lot better off.
- This isn't going to be so easy
gettin' my wings
with that attitude.
- Nothing is easy.
Sometimes I think
it'd been better
if I'd never been born at all.
- Oh, you mustn't
say things like that.
Wait a minute, wait a minute,
that's an idea,
what do ya think?
Yes, that could do it, right.
You've got your wish.
You've never been born.
(wind whipping)
You don't have to make
all that fuss about it.
- Well close the
door, it's freezing.
(wind howling)
It's just stopped snowing.
(wind howling)
It's so strange, I don't feel
the least bit cold anymore.
- Course not, you don't exist.
You haven't a care in the world.
- My clothes are perfectly dry.
- No worries, no obligations,
no fight with George,
no $8,000 to get.
No Potter lookin' for
you with the sheriff.
And Mary, the cut on your
head's all better now.
- Oh, it is.
Well, we better hurry before
the snow starts again.
We'll walk back to my car.
Oh, excuse me, I'll
walk, you'll fly.
- [Clara] What's the matter?
- [Mary] This is where I left
my car, and it isn't here.
- [Clara] Oh, oh, you've no car.
- [Mary] Well I had a
car and it as right here.
(wind whipping)
Maybe I left it at Martini's.
(people talking excitedly)
(upbeat jazz music)
Oh wait a minute, this
isn't the right place.
Wait just a second.
(upbeat jazz music)
(man talking)
Excuse me but we
seem to be lost.
- Yeah, you can say that again.
- [Mary] Could you just tell
us how to get to Martini's?
- Martini's, never
heard of the joint.
- Nick?
- Yeah, yeah you
got the name right,
anything else you want?
- Well, a little
cheering up might help.
- You want a drink?
- Uh, sure, how 'bout
another egg nog.
- How 'bout you lady,
what do you want?
- Uh oh, it, it's
been such a long time.
But it is an occasion, isn't it?
- Come on, let's go, I
got a lot of work to do.
- I was thinking, let's see,
maybe I'll have a
flaming rum punch.
Oh no, uh, no, let me think.
Oh a, oh let's see, mulled
wine, heavy on the cinnamon,
light on the cloves.
Do be so good as to
bring me mulled wine.
- Hey what is this, you two
broads slummin' or somethin'?
- Take it easy Nick, we'll
have the two egg nogs,
that'll be fine,
egg nogs'll be fine.
- Egg nogs.
- I don't even
think that is Nick.
You know, I think
we wandered off
the wrong side of the
bridge in all the confusion.
I've never even seen
this section before.
- I know why no one's
told you about it.
- You look an awful lot like
the bartender at Martini's.
- Okay, you've had
your little joke now
just drink up and get out.
- Oh no, you don't
understand, we weren't doing--
- I don't understand?
You don't understand, just
drink your drinks and beat it,
and take your witch
friend with ya.
- I'm not a witch, I'm an angel.
- Clara, it's fine.
(cash register dinging)
- Oh, there goes another one.
- Another what?
- Every time you
hear a bell ring,
it means an angel got its wings.
- Mary, don't say anything
like wings or anything in here.
- Hey, we've got a
couple of angels here.
(crowd laughing)
- Mary's not an angel.
- Hey you guys
look, I'm an angel.
(cash register ringing)
- We've got angels!
(crowd laughing and talking)
- We've got some angels here.
- Mary's not an angel.
- Well I'm glad somebody ain't.
- [Man In Bar] We got angels!
- Clara, I really
think we should go.
I think we've caused
enough trouble.
- Hey, what do you
think you're doin'?
I told you to stay outta here.
(group yelling)
- Stop doing that.
- Mr. Gower?
Mr. Gower.
It's me, Mary Bailey.
- [Nick] The old
drugstore drunk.
- Stop that!
- This is no way to prepare for
the life to come, young man.
(Clara yelling)
- Stop that, he's just
a pathetic old man.
- Helpless old man, he's
a helpless old kid killer.
- [Mary] Stop that!
Stop that!
- I've had about a
belly full of you.
- Don't you dare strike a lady.
- Lady, you're not ladies,
(Clara yelling)
you're a couple of
angels, remember?
And you're about to fly
back to the heavens.
Get out!
(Clara yelling)
Come on, get.
Merry Christmas.
(bar patron laughing
and clapping)
(wind whipping)
(breathing heavily)
- That man, I could've
sworn it was Mr. Gower.
- He gave that child a
poisoned prescription.
You weren't there to stop him.
Course he went to prison.
Ruined his life, poor man.
- How could I have ever thought
this place was Martini's?
- Don't you understand, Mary?
You've never been born.
- What do you mean,
I've never been born?
Of course I was born.
- No, no, you've no ID,
you have no identity.
You've no papers, no
husband, no children.
They're not there either, Mary.
- What aren't?
- Suzy's petals.
- How do you know about those?
- You've been given
a great gift, Mary.
The chance to see what the
world would be like without you.
- Who are you?
- I told you, I'm
your guardian angel.
- Oh, well so far
you've done quite a job.
I'm gonna find my way
back to Bedford Falls.
- How am I doin', Joseph?
(sirens clanking)
(horn honking)
- Hey you.
Hey you, somebody stop that guy.
- [Mary] Vi?
- What are you starin' at?
- It's me, Mary Bailey.
- What's up Vi?
- Come on, come on
I'm not goin' anywhere.
- Let's get back to your place,
everything'll be all right.
Come on, let's go.
- No!
(upbeat jazz music)
- If you go down there,
you can shack up there
all night, knowin' it
won't cost you anything
and at least you'll
be warm, you know.
(solemn music)
This fire--
- What happened to
the building and loan?
- Are you kidding lady,
it's doing just fine.
I'm a big stockholder and
Willie here's the president.
Hey Willie, come on Willie.
Get up and say hello to
somebody who got here too late
to make a run on your bank.
(men laughing)
(solemn orchestral music)
(smooth jazzy music)
- Ernie, oh Ernie, take me home.
- Come on lady, where to?
- You're Ernie Baker, aren't ya?
- So?
- Don't you know me?
I gave you the money,
I made the loan
so you could own your own cab.
- You gotta be kiddin'
me, own my own cab?
Old man Potter owns the cab.
- All right, just take me home.
- I'll be glad to lady,
just tell me where.
- 320 Sycamore.
- Is this the place, lady?
(wind whipping)
- Course it's the place.
(wind whipping)
(car door slamming shut)
(wind whipping)
(sorrowful orchestral music)
(stairs creaking)
(wind whipping)
(door creaking)
Oh George.
(wind whipping)
- Bert am I glad to see you.
- What's up?
- I think we got a
real one this time.
- What do you mean?
- This lady stripped her gears.
- They're not here, Mary.
Nobody's here, you
don't have a family.
- I do, I have a
husband, I have children.
- [Bert] Come on down
here, both of you.
- Bert, oh Bert.
- [Bert] Hey, what's
going on there?
- [Mary] Oh Bert, Bert.
- Come on down
here, both of you,
come on.
- Oh Bert, thank god
you're here, something
terrible is happening.
- Sure it is, sure
it is, now look.
Look here, take it
easy and I'll take you
to a doctor, okay?
- You don't understand,
this woman, she
says she's an angel.
- Sure she does.
Yeah sure, I know, I know.
- Well what are you doing?
- Don't worry about it.
- Stop it.
Bert, stop, stop--
- Lady, don't make it hard
on yourself, ow.
- Let me go, let me go.
- Mary, run, save
yourself, Mary! (yelling)
Oh Joseph, help!
- Ernie, Ernie,
give me a hand.
- Look, maybe I should
go to the station
and get some help.
- Ow, ow, Joseph,
ah, ah, Joseph!
- Where'd she go?
I had her right here.
Hey Ernie, come on,
help me look for her.
(wind whipping)
(knocking at door)
- Hold on.
Hold on, I'm comin'.
- Mom.
- Mom?
What do you want?
- It's Mary.
- Look, if you're
lookin' for a room--
- No wait, wait,
- I don't have any.
- please don't lock
the door, wait.
Something terrible's happening,
I don't know what it is.
Something's happening
to everybody.
Please just let me in,
just let me stay here
until I get over it.
- What's the matter with you?
- I don't know.
Please, please I need you, mama.
Please recognize me, it's Mary.
I'm your daughter.
- My daughter, I
don't have a daughter.
- Yes you do, you, you
do, you have a daughter
and you have a son.
- I don't have a daughter.
And my boy died 30 years ago.
- [Mary] Oh god, oh, oh no.
- Your brother Harry Bailey
broke through the ice
and drowned at the age of eight.
- That's not true, Harry
Bailey went to war,
he won the Congressional
Medal of Honor.
He saved the lives of every
man on that transport.
- Every man on that
transport died.
Harry wasn't there to save them,
because you weren't
there to save Harry.
Strange, isn't it?
Each life touches
so many other lives,
and when they're not around,
it leaves an awful
hole, doesn't it?
You see Mary, you really
did have a wonderful life.
Wouldn't it be a shame if
you just threw it all away?
- Clara, where's George?
I know you know,
please tell me, Clara.
Clara, please.
(wind howling)
- Yeah, who is it?
- George.
Please know me, it's Mary.
- Oh yeah, Mary, sure,
how you doin', Mary?
- Oh George, it really is you.
- [George] Oh sure, who else?
- Oh George, you
know me, you know me.
- Listen kid, maybe I
don't know you but uh,
long as we're this close
why don't me and you
have a little party, huh?
- I'm your wife.
- Oh yeah, sure,
whatever you say.
Look, I got a bottle of some
nice stuff inside, come on.
- George, please don't do this.
Please stop it, please remember.
- [George] Remember, what?
- Bailey Park.
- [George] Bailey Park?
- The $2,000.
- How do you know about that?
- You're a builder.
- That's kid's stuff.
- You wanted to build boom town.
- Yeah, I wanted to get
outta this crummy place once,
that's right, so
what, that's life.
Come on, why don't--
- Where are the children,
I want my children!
- Hey lady, I don't
have any children.
I don't know who you think
I am, but I got no kids.
And anybody who brings
up kids in this world
has gotta be crazy,
you understand?
Now come on.
- Stop it, leave me alone!
Stop it!
- You're crazy.
- Stop it!
- [George] Hey, hey you, stop.
- [Bert] Come on, help
me, that dame's crazy.
- Clara!
Please, Clara, please help me.
Clara, I wanna get back.
Please help me get back.
Help me get back
to my real George.
Help me get back to my children.
I wanna live again,
please help me.
Please get me back,
I wanna live again.
Clara, where are you?
Please help me. (crying)
(tense music)
- [Bert] Mary, Mary
are you all right?
- Stay away from
me Bert, I mean it.
- Hey Mary, what're
you yelling for?
- Mary, do you, do
you know me, Bert?
- Are you kiddin', I've been
lookin' all over town for you.
I saw your car wrecked in
that tree and I thought,
Mary, your head's bleeding,
are you sure you're all right?
- My head's bleeding. (laughing)
Oh Bert, my head's bleeding,
oh my head's bleeding, Bert.
It really is, it's bleeding.
Let me see.
Suzy's petals.
- Suzy's petals?
- Suzy's petals. (laughing)
Oh Bert, Merry Christmas,
Bert. (laughing)
Oh it's snowing, it's snowing!
- [Bert] Hey Mary,
where you goin'?
- I'm going home!
I'm going home!
(lively orchestral music)
Hello, Bedford Falls,
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
("Hark the Herald Angels Sing")
Merry Christmas,
Gower's Drug Store!
Merry Christmas, movie house!
Merry Christmas!
- Oh!
- Oh, Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas, bakery!
(gentle orchestral music)
Merry Christmas you old
wonderful savings and loan.
(traffic whistle blowing)
(Mary laughing)
Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!
- Happy New Year
to you, in jail.
Go on home, the sheriff's
waitin' for you.
- Merry Christmas! (laughing)
- Fine thing to do
on Christmas Eve.
- Well, business is business.
- Ha-ha, business.
We'll just have to
wait till she comes in.
- George!
Oh, oh, hello, hello
Mr. Bank Examiner.
- Miss, Mrs. Hatch,
there's a serious deficit.
- Yes, I know, it's
$8,000, I, I know.
- Mary, I've got this
little paper here.
- I bet it's a
warrant for my arrest.
It's wonderful isn't it.
Mm, Merry Christmas.
Oh reporters, where's
George, George?
- [All Children] Mommy, mommy!
- [Child] Where were you?
- [Child] Where were you, mommy?
(talking over each other)
- [Mary] Oh I could eat you
up, I could eat you up, mm-mm.
Where's you father?
- [Child] He went looking
for you with Uncle Willie.
- [Mary] How are you,
let me see, let me see.
- You guys still here?
- [Child] What's
your temperature?
- [Child] Why mommy, why?
(children talking at once)
- Oh honey.
- Where were you?
- Mary.
- Oh George, oh--
- [Child] Daddy, mommy's
home, mommy's home!
- George, George,
oh George hold me.
Oh you really are real.
- [George] Of course I'm real.
Where've you been?
- Oh and George, I have
so much to tell you.
Wait'll I tell you
what's happened to me.
- No, no, no, it's
gonna be all right.
Let me tell you what
happened in town.
- What?
- [George] They're coming.
- [Mary] What?
- Come on.
- Where're we going?
- They're gonna be
here in a minute,
everybody hurry.
- [Child] Who's gonna be here?
- [Mary] What's in
that bag, George?
- Come on, go stand
in front of the tree.
Everybody, come on, Pete.
(people singing)
They're here now,
I'll get the door.
Born is the King
- Uncle Willie, come on in.
- What a grand night, George,
- Yeah.
Merry Christmas,
everybody, come on in.
- Isn't it wonderful, Mary?
George did it, he did.
He just told a few people
that we were in trouble and,
and the scattered all over
town collecting the money.
And they never even
asked a question,
they just said, if the
Bailey Hatchs are in trouble,
they can count on us.
It was, it was a
sight for sore eyes.
- What is this you two,
another run on the bank?
(people talking and laughing)
- [Woman] Oh hi,
hi, Merry Christmas.
There you go (drown out by
people talking and laughing).
- George, Mary, here you are
friends, and Merry Christmas,
Merry Christmas.
- Hey, I busted the
jukebox. (laughing)
- I wouldn't have
a roof over my head
if it wasn't for you two
people, Merry Christmas.
(drown out by people
talking excitedly)
- [Man] Sassino!
- [Man] Now what do you do?
You take your half and you sell.
- [Man] Drink some wine.
- Mary.
- [Man] Ain't it proper
to take some wine.
- I had to get
'em all outta bed,
but I collected all
my charge accounts.
- (chuckling) Merry
Christmas, Mr. Gower.
- Merry Christmas.
- [Harry] Mary.
- it's Harry!
- Mary.
(crowd cheering)
- Oh!
- Harry, how are ya?
Hi mom.
Come on mom, where's (muffled)?
(people chattering excitedly)
- A toast.
- Toast.
- Toast.
- Toast.
- To my big sister, Mary,
the richest person in town.
(crowd cheering)
Should auld
acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should auld
acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne
For auld lang
- Look mommy, teacher said,
every time a bell rings
an angel gets it's wings.
- That's right, that's right.
We'll drink a cup
of kindness yet
For auld lang syne
For auld lang syne my dear
For auld lang syne
We'll drink a cup
of kindness yet
- Thanks, Clara.
For auld lang syne
(group cheering)
- Merry Christmas!
(light, uplifting
orchestral music)
(bell dinging)
("Hallelujah Chorus")
(twinkling, happy
orchestral music)