Announcing It’s a Wonderful Life Blogathon: A 75th Anniversary Celebration!!

Hear ye, hear ye! One of the most beloved movies of all time is turning 75 years old this December! What better way to celebrate than with a blogathon honoring this timeless holiday classic?

Director Frank Capra didn’t set out to make a Perennial staple when choosing his next film project after returning from WWII, he simply liked the story.

Over time, It’s a Wonderful Life grew a fascinating life story all it’s own. And it keeps on growing as more fans embrace and tune in to the heartwarming tale of George Bailey and his triumphal realization that he really does have what the title claims – a wonderful life!

This blogathon is dedicated to all things It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). You may write about anything from George Bailey’s lasso to the various parodies/homages done over the years – except for sources with potentially sensitive material (such as Saturday Night Live).

Like the film itself, let’s keep this event as family friendly as possible 🙂

You may also choose to reflect on what the film means to you personally or to analyze a particular scene.

The choice is all yours, and I’m looking forward to seeing what direction you creative bloggers choose to take!

Even if you’re not a fan of the film, there might be something here for you too! Just remember to keep your post respectful, diplomatic, and clean, please. Thank you!

Here are some ideas to get you started…

  • Pre-Production
  • Post-Production
  • The Casting
  • The Cast
  • The Character Actors
  • The Child Actors
  • The Director
  • The Writers
  • The Source Material
  • The Music
  • Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart Collabs (as long as ‘Life’ is included)
  • The Legacy of the Film
  • The Special Snow Effects
  • AFI Listings for the film: Potter, George, & More
  • Favorite Moments
  • Personal Remembrances
  • Scene Analysis
  • Noir Elements
  • Remaining Cast Members
  • Nominations & Awards
  • Any of the Books about the Film
  • Adaptations: Radio, Stage, Film & TV
  • Remakes
  • Sequels

Websites of Interest

Check out the film’s IMDb HERE

See the film’s Wikipedia HERE

Find Parodies and Adaptations HERE

The Nitty Gritty

1. For this blogathon you may write about anything pertaining to It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and its adaptations, sequels, parodies, and remakes, providing they do not include potentially sensitive material (such as Saturday Night Live). Like the film itself, let’s keep this event as family friendly as possible 🙂

2. A topic may be covered no more than 2 times, however there are no limits on personal remembrances of the film.

3. I will be accepting no more than 2 posts per person. All contributions must be new material only.

4. Whatever you choose, please make sure to mention the original film in your post as that’s what we are celebrating through this blogathon. Also, please keep the posts respectful, otherwise they will not be accepted.

5. In your post, please include one of the blogathon banners and link back to my blog and the post that I will release on December 11th so that others may read the wonderful entries.

6. To express your interest in participating, simply leave me a comment below with the name and URL of your blog and your topic of choice. I will add you to the roster once I’ve confirmed your topic.

7. The blogathon will take place on December 11th-13th, 2021. Please publish and send your link to me on a day that the event is running…And that’s it!

Please help yourself to a banner from down below to include in your post and to help spread the word. I am looking forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of It’s a Wonderful Life with you!

Thank you, and I will see you in December!

List of Participants:

The Classic Movie Muse | TBA

Movies Meet Their Match |  TBA

Realweegiemidget Reviews |  It Happened One Christmas (1977)

Taking Up Room |  Favorite Moments from It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Caftan Woman | Bert & Ernie: An Overview of the Careers of Ward Bond & Frank Faylen

Old Books and Movies | Adventures in Odyssey’s Radio Show Remake“It’s a Pokenberry Christmas”

Journeys in Classic Film | The Use of Flashbacks & Nostalgia in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

I Found it at the Movies | Personal Thoughts on It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Nitrateglow | H. B. Warner as Mr. Gower & An Overview of His Career

Kelly Kitchens hosted by CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch | My Special Connection to It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Coffee, Classics, & Craziness | Top 5 Moments that Make me Cry in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Flapper Dame | Why It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Still Matters and Always Will

Silver Screen Classics | A Study of the Themes in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Dbmoviesblog | Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life & Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

Magic Time | The Noir Elements of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Hamlette’s Soliloquy | Modern Dream Casting for It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Lee Mac | The Significance of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

18 Cinema Lane | TBA

The Classic Film Connection | It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – The Turning Point of James Stewart’s Career

A Person in the Dark | One of the Sexiest Kiss Scenes Ever

The Edge of the Precipice | Review of The Greatest Gift & Capra’s Inspiration

The Banners

48 thoughts on “Announcing It’s a Wonderful Life Blogathon: A 75th Anniversary Celebration!!

  1. Chloe the MovieCritic

    I love this idea so much! I’m trying very hard to not lose my composure, but we’re talking about the best movie ever made so it is very hard. Ahhhh!!!! There are too many ideas to deal with! I either want to talk about all the reasons I love It’s A Wonderful Life, how I relate to George Bailey, or why I think it’s the best film ever to be made. I will get back to you as soon as possible once I decide. The banners are so much fun, too! This is going to be an absolute blast!

    Chloe the MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match

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    1. Hi, Chloe! Your enthusiasm for the film and the blogathon is infectious and I am loving it!

      Sure thing! For now I’ll put you down as TBD. Thanks so much for joining! I can’t wait to hear what your topic will be. I know it will be awesome!! 🙂

      P. S. So glad you like the banners!

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      1. Sounds really fun! Maybe somebody will review it 🙂 Like a potato chip, you can’t just have one 😉 But really, I didn’t want to let this important milestone slip by otherwise I would have planned one for a later date. And yes, I’m hooked, love ’em!

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    1. Thanks for the invite!!! I’ll admit, I’m one of those people who has struggled with this movie, but I had an idea jump into my head as soon as I read this over and now I’m really excited to write on it, lol. I’d love to look at It’s a Wonderful Life and the use of flashbacks and nostalgia. (Writing for Journeys in Classic Film).

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      1. I completely understand! I was getting some things in my feed to that had me wondering what the heck happened, lol. All good! (Thank you re: your Blogathon! I’d stumbled on it and was trying to brainstorm a good idea. I just commented on the page. I’d love to join).

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  2. oldbooksandmovies

    I am very excited about this blogathon! “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of my favorite movies. I would like to write a post about “Adventures in Odyssey’s” radio show remake “It’s a Pokenberry Christmas.”
    I might also like to write another post, but I have to think about what to write.
    My blog is: Old Books and Movies https://oldbooksandmovies.blogspot.com/

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  3. Would you mind having a blog post from someone who doesn’t really have a blog right now? IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE was the theme for our wedding and our house is decked out in various memorabilia year-round. I have a very special way of watching IAWL because I have seen it countless times, and I’d love to tell that story. Let me know if you need further explanation.
    kelly@kellykitchenspr.com

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    1. Hi Kelly, I would love to have you join us in the blogathon with your very special connection to It’s a Wonderful Life! If you are able to send me your post by December 4th, that should give me time to get it formatted and all running smoothly.

      Thanks for your interest in the blogathon! 🙂 Looking forward to your post.

      P. S. With such a fantastic topic, you really should start a blog one day! 😉

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      1. Thank you so much! CineMaven has offered to host my blog so you two can arrange things between you. I’m giving myself a deadline of Dec 3rd to get it done.
        I so appreciate you and Theresa going over and above for me and this.
        This film has a very special place in my life and in my heart.

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  4. evaschon98

    I absolutely LOVE It’s A Wonderful Life–so cool that this year marks its 75th anniversary!!! I would like to write a post about the top five moments in the film that make me cry (there are a lot and I love it when a movie can make me cry, so it’s pretty much the perfect topic for me). =)

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  5. A great idea for a blogathon! May I contribute with the working title “Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life & Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”? I would comment on the inspiration behind the booklet “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern which then turned into this major film and draw some comparisons in terms of themes and characters between the final film and its very distant inspiration – “A Christmas Carol”.

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  6. I’d like to write about James Stewart and how this film was a turning point in his career. (I also have a small personal story that connects to this topic, too. 😀 I’ve discovered I like telling those.)

    PS – Love the banners! ❤

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    1. Excellent! I will add you with that topic. Thanks for joining, Jillian! 🙂 Yay, I’m so happy you love the banners ❤

      Also, an update: I saw Sergeants 3 (1962). I can’t say it captured me all the way through, but I did think the way it was inspired by Gunga Din was pretty cool!

      And I also revisited The Picture of Dorian Grey (1945) for Halloween time. I noticed Peter’s sleuthing abilities once again, as he just knew something wasn’t right with that Dorian. Great movie!

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      1. Oh, I’m so happy you tried Sergeants 3! 😀 I’m sorry it wasn’t an entirely entertaining experience for you, but if you made it to Sergeant Boswell & the tonic and Chip & Mike’s knockout “fight” (with Peter Lawford’s perfectly delivered “Personal matter?” as the cherry on top), you saw the best of what it had to offer, comedically. (Honestly, I think those scenes are two of the funniest I’ve ever seen in my life! 😀 They just get me.) Come to think of it, I’ve played that movie a handful of times in the past few months – so I must like it more than I realized. 🙂 I agree, it’s a more clever adaptation than it first seems.

        And I’m glad you got to revisit The Picture of Dorian Gray. 🙂 I’ve only seen that one time, but if I remember correctly, there’s a scene where Peter gives off a lot of exposition – talking about his sleuthing. I don’t mind hearing about it (I could listen to Peter Lawford read the phone book), but I wish we could’ve seen “detective Peter” in action instead! 🙂

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