Lead:  One of the most beloved film classics of all time was a box office failure when it was released in 1946. It’s a Wonderful Life was a quintessential Frank Capra movie.         

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Frank Capra’s masterpiece, It’s a Wonderful Life, is ranked high on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films of All Times. The film, however, did not have an auspicious start. It opened at the Globe Theatre in New York on December 20, 1946. Reviews were mixed and the film did not break even. Nevertheless, it was nominated for five Academy Awards, the post-war audiences had grown tired of his 1930s winning recipe.