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Few films have become a part of the fabric of American life as much as Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life Every Christmas Americans reopen their hearts to Jimmy Stewart and his journey through Bedford Falls Yet few of us know that the movie was based on The Greatest Gift a short story by Philip Van Doren Ster. 4 stars for this 1943 short story and an extra half star for its having inspired one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time It s a Wonderful Life the great movie directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart Other men are leading exciting lives but I well I m just a small town bank clerk I never did anything really useful or interesting and it looks as if I never will I might just as well be dead Sometimes I wish I were In fact I wish I d never been born George Pratt is staring into the dark waters of the river on Christmas Eve depressed about his failure of a life when he s met by an older man who mysteriously grants his wish The man sends George off with a sales bag full of brushes like the old Fuller Brush door to door salesmen to see what his town and family are like now that George has never been bornIf you re familiar with the movie it s kind of a bare bones version of that but a lot of the story and the heart and spirit of it are here in this 75 year old story It s worth reading Free online here at TorcomMerry Christmas to allBonus materialPer TorcomWhen he found himself unable to find a publisher for his story author Philip Van Doren Stern printed up copies of the The Greatest Gift and gave them out as Christmas cards in 1943 Eventually the story came to the attention of director Frank Capra who explained later It was the story I had been looking for all my life A good man ambitious But so busy helping others life seems to pass him byThrough the eyes of a guardian angel he sees the world as it would have been had he not been bornThe movie It s a Wonderful Life was initially not a success despite its star and director It was uickly forgotten so much so that the movie s copyright wasn t renewed in the 70s under the old copyright laws renewal was reuired after 28 years so it was considered to be in the public domain for many years That led to its being shown on TV so often because FREE that this all but forgotten movie became extremely popular When that happened the movie s studio owner started enforcing the copyright of the movie s music and the underlying story this story here which the studio bought the copyright for So basically they back doored the copyright protection Here s an article on it

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The Greatest Gift

E and Bedford Falls and will identify with George's realization that life is a gift and every individual indispensable Specially commissioned artwork illustrates scenes from The Greatest Gift and an afterword by the author's daughter Marguerite Stern Robinson reveals how this enchanting story inspired the beloved movi. Update dec 2019 I still love itUpdate First re read dic 2018 I still loved it I think I ll make it a tradition to read it every christmasRating I loved it This is a wonderful uplifting and beautiful christmas storyThe classic movie It s a wonderful life is based on it The movie expands on George s backstory and his disappointment in life his depression and despair The movie makes the strange man an angel Clarence who is trying to get his wings In the story we don t know who he is or even what his name isTo me the movie is pretty boring long and slow paced and the best part when George gets to see a world where he wasn t born takes place in the last hour or 45 minutes This short story only tells us about this incident and that s why is so interesting beautiful and powerful Is concise to the point magical light uplifting and heartwormingI recommend it

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N privately printed as a Christmas card to the author's friends in 1943 This deluxe edition of The Greatest Gift marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of It's a Wonderful Life Delighted readers will immediately recognize George Bailey from the movie together with the guardian angel the snowy scene on the bridg. I love Frank Capra s It a Wonderful Life and was happy to read the very short story that started it all The short story and the movie have differences but the basic story line and the meaning ring true It was interesting to read the story and see the difference which any fan of the movie would truly enjoy The Afterword by Philip Can Doren Stern s daughter is interesting regarding the conception of the story and how it came to Capra The book is really good but the movie takes it up another level This is the first time IMO the movie out does the book but the book was a much needed ingredient in the movie and without this basic story there would be no George Bailey Looking at the story as if the movie had not been made it was a great little read with a big heart to itLux Radio Theater versionhttpswwwoldtimeradiodownloadscom


10 thoughts on “The Greatest Gift

  1. says:

    A priceless importance due the film that inspired NO MAN IS A FAILURE WHO HAS FRIENDS It’s not rare if you haven’t read this short story or even know about it But certainly it could be uite rare if you haven’t watched at least once the film that inspired The Greatest Gift by Phillip Van Doren Stern is the inspiratio

  2. says:

    4 stars for this 1943 short story and an extra half star for its having inspired one of my favorite Christmas m

  3. says:

    “I want to live again I want to live again I want to live again Please God let me live againHeartwarming and inspiration

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    45★I read this here Just be aware that there are a lot of typos in this editionAlso I must be one of the few in the English speaki

  5. says:

    Best known for its movie adaptation ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ this really touching tale really highlights the importance of friendship and familyAs George Bailey contemplates suicide he’s visited by a guar

  6. says:

    I love Frank Capra's It a Wonderful Life and was happy to read the very short story that started it all The short story and the movie have diffe

  7. says:

    The basis of the Capra classic It's a Wonderful Life The story was published in a magazine and is too short for the character development and world building that the movie is so good at and the supernatural elemen

  8. says:

    Update dec 2019 I still love itUpdate First re read dic 2018 I still loved it I think I’ll make it a tradition to read it every christmasRating I loved it 😍This is a wonderful uplifting and beautiful christmas storyThe classic movie It's a wonderful life is based on it The movie expands on George's backstory and his disappointment in life his depression and despair The movie makes the strange man an angel Clarence who is try

  9. says:

    I'm delighted beyond words right now It's a Wonderful Life is one of my favourite old movies and I had no idea it was based

  10. says:

    This was so cute I read 4 different Christmas books this December and somehow this super short story was the best of them It had everything I wanted from a Christmas story and it left me with a smile on my face It