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It's a Wonderful Life 1946

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Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know.

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But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character ..

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Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that.

#qt0461014-a / read by Acharya-92

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because his whole life was .. in the 25 years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself.

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He didn't save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me.

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But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what's wrong with that?

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Why... here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers?

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You said .. what'd you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home.

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Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken down ..

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Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000?

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Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community.

#qt0461014-k / read by Acharya-92

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Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath?

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Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him.

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But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle.

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Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you'll ever be!

#qt0461014-o / read by Subhajit-81

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Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

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You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?

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A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.

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Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.

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Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

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George, I am an old man and most people hate me.

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But I don't like them either, so that makes it all even.

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You know just as well as I do that I run practically everything in this town but the Bailey Building and Loan.

#qt2136349-c / read by Teja-84

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You know, also, that for a number of years I've been trying to get control of it. Or kill it.

#qt2136349-d / read by Shriram-60

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But I haven't been able to do it. You have been stopping me.

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In fact, you have beaten me, George, and as anyone in this county can tell you, that takes some doing.

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Now take during the Depression, for instance. You and I were the only ones that kept our heads.

#qt2136349-g / read by Narmadha-83

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You saved the Building and Loan, I saved all the rest.

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Yes, well, most people say you stole all the rest.

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The envious ones say that, George. The suckers.

#qt2136349-j / read by Shriram-60

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Now, I have stated my side very frankly. Now let's look at your side.

#qt2136349-k / read by Teja-84

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Out of which, after supporting your mother and paying your bills, you're able to keep, say, ten, if you skimp.

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A child or two comes along and you won't even be able to save the ten.

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Now, if this young man of 28 was a common, ordinary yokel, I'd say he was doing fine. But George Bailey is not a common, ordinary yokel.

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He is an intelligent, smart, ambitious, young man who hates his job, who hates the Building and Loan almost as much as I do.

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A young man who's been dying to get out of this small town and on his own ever since he was born.

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A young man who has to sit by and watch his friends go places because he's trapped.

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Yes, sir, trapped into this small town and frittering his life away, playing nursemaid to a lot of garlic eaters.

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Do I paint the correct picture or do I exaggerate?

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Peter Bailey was not a businessman. That's what killed him.

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Oh, I don't mean any disrespect to him, God rest his soul.

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He was a man of high ideals. So called. But ideals without common sense can ruin this town.

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Now, you take this loan here to Ernie Bishop. You know, that fellow that sits around all day on his brains in his taxi, you know.

#qt2138755-d / read by Shriram-60

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I happen to know the bank turned down this loan, but he comes *here* and we're building him a house worth five thousand dollars. Why?

#qt2138755-e / read by Teja-84

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Well, I handled that, Mr. Potter. You have all the papers there. His salary, insurance. I can personally vouch for his character.

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You see, if you shoot pool with some employee here, you can come and borrow money.

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What does that get us? A discontented, lazy rabble instead of a thrifty working class.

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And all because a few starry-eyed dreamers like Peter Bailey stir them up and fill their heads with a lot of impossible ideas!

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