George Bailey's Revenge

Friday A/V Club: The lost ending to It's a Wonderful Life


Seventy years ago this week, Frank Capra's Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life first appeared in theaters. Thirty years ago this week, Saturday Night Live broadcast what it claimed was the film's lost original ending:

Capra was well attuned to both the sunny and the angry sides of populism, but whichever SNL scribe wrote that sketch married the two with much more brutal efficiency.

(For past editions of the Friday A/V Club, go here.)