Not originally published in LIFE. Bedford Falls, a.k.a., the set of It’s a Wonderful Life.
While filming the scene where George prays in the bar, James Stewart has said that he was so overcome that he began to sob right then and there. Later, Frank Capra reframed the shot so it looked like a much closer shot than was actually filmed because he wanted to catch that expression on Stewart’s face.
“Look, daddy! Teacher says, ‘every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’”
That’s right, that’s right. Attaboy, Clarence!
“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?” - It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
I want you to take a good look at that face