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It Happened One Christmas (1977)

TV Movie | 109 min | Comedy, Fantasy

It's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own which threatens her name and the community ...See moreIt's Christmas Eve 1944 in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York. A despondent and suicidal Mary Bailey Hatch is praying for guidance on what to do about an incident no fault of her own which threatens her name and the community standing of her longtime family business, the Bailey Building and Loan, which she took over after the passing of her father. What Mary does not know is that most in town, including her husband George Hatch and their children, are also praying for her. All the prayers are heard by Joseph, God's gatekeeper of prayers. As there are no other angels available on such a busy day, Joseph assigns Clara Oddbody, angel second class (i.e. she has yet to receive her wings), to Mary's case, which he reluctantly does as Clara has never been assigned a case on her own in the two hundred years she's been in heaven for good reason. As Clara learns about Mary's case, she sees a selfless woman who always wanted to explore the world but never did, while others around her were able to fulfill their own dreams because of her sacrifice. Mary always decided instead to do what was better for others, especially in dealing with Henry Potter, the town's richest and power hungriest man. When Clara begins to help Mary over this crisis, Clara believes she's come up with a way to show Mary how important her life is when Mary says that the world would have been better off if she was never born. Written by Huggo See less
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Director
Donald Wrye (directed by)
Writers
Philip Van Doren Stern (based upon a story by) | Lionel Chetwynd (written for television by)
Producers
Carole Hart (produced by) | Marlo Thomas (produced by)
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Cinematographer
Conrad L. Hall (as Conrad Hall)
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Updated Dec 11, 1977

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Dec 11, 1977 (United States)

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Marlo Thomas
Mary Bailey Hatch Mary Bailey Hatch   See fewer
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Orson Welles
Henry F. Potter Henry F. Potter   See fewer
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Wayne Rogers
George Hatch George Hatch   See fewer
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Barney Martin
Uncle Willie Uncle Willie   See fewer
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Karen Carlson
Violet Violet   See fewer
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Dick O'Neill
Mr. Gower Mr. Gower   See fewer
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Doris Roberts
Ma Bailey Ma Bailey   See fewer
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Richard Dysart
Peter Bailey Peter Bailey   See fewer
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Cliff Norton
Martini Martini   See fewer
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Christopher Guest
Harry Bailey Harry Bailey   See fewer
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Gino Conforti
Sassini (as Gene Conforti) Sassini (as Gene Conforti)   See fewer
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Ceil Cabot
Cousin Tillie Cousin Tillie   See fewer
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Bryan O'Byrne
Doctor Doctor   See fewer
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Rita George
Helen Bailey Helen Bailey   See fewer
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Beans Morocco
Toll Keeper (as Dan Barrows) Toll Keeper (as Dan Barrows)   See fewer
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James Brodhead
Bank Examiner (as James E. Brodhead) Bank Examiner (as James E. Brodhead)   See fewer
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Bob Harks
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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David Hollander
Petey Bailey (uncredited) Petey Bailey (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Lovelett
Sam Wainwright (uncredited) Sam Wainwright (uncredited)   See fewer
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Linda Lee Lyons
Zuzu Hatch (uncredited) Zuzu Hatch (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter O. Miles
Man at Party (uncredited) Man at Party (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lynn Woodlock
Mary, age 12 (uncredited) Mary, age 12 (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.3 / 10 | 575 votes