A true classic in every sense of the word. Stewart is the perfect everyman with the heart of gold. Smaltzy to be sure, but hey it is a holiday movie. Just as good every time I see it.
Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis:
Sentimental tale of Stewart, who works all his life to make good in small town, thinking he's failed and trying to end his life. Guardian angel Travers comes to show him his mistake. Only Capra and this cast could pull it off so well; this film seems to improve with age. Capra, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Jo Swerling expanded Philip Van Doren Stern's short story "The Greatest Gift" (which had originally been written by Stern as a Christmas card!).