Let it Ring! Earn Your Wings with Our It's a Wonderful Life Quiz

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Let it Ring! Earn Your Wings with Our It's a Wonderful Life Quiz
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About This Quiz

George Bailey touched the lives of everyone he knew, but it took a guardian angel to show him what he really meant to the world. Take our quiz to see how much you remember about the people, places and moments of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Who played the role of the suicidal George Bailey?
Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart played George Bailey, a man who has to lose it all to see how rich he really is.
Cary Grant
Clark Gable

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What is the name of George's younger brother?
Richard
James
Harry
A 12-year-old George Bailey lost his hearing in one ear while saving his brother Harry, who fell into a frozen pond while sledding.

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What is the Bailey family business?
movie theater
shopping emporium
building and loan
The family operates the Bailey Brothers' Building and Loan, which George is destined to take over one day -- no matter how much he resists.

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Who is the richest and meanest man in town?
Mr. Potter
Henry Potter owns the bank and controls much of the economic activity in the town. He's also a mean old miser who can't stand to see George -- or anyone else -- succeed.
Mr. Painter
Mr. Prince

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Who loses $8,000, putting George at risk of arrest?
Uncle Petey
Uncle Billy
The absent-minded Uncle Billy loses an $8,000 deposit, sending George on a desperate search as he tries to save both the Building and Loan and himself.
Uncle Dave

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What is the name of George's guardian angel?
Charlie
Carmichael
Clarence
When George is about to take his life, an Angel 2nd Class named Clarence Odbody shows up to teach him that life is worth living.

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How does Clarence prevent George from killing himself?
jumps in a river
Clarence jumps into an icy river, knowing George will abandon his plans of suicide and jump in to save him.
takes his gun
holds him down

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What is the name of George's wife?
Violet
Jane
Mary
Mary Hatch and George connect at Harry's graduation party, and the pair ends up married a few years later.

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What town does George live in?
Seneca Falls
Winston Falls
Bedford Falls
George lives in the tiny town of Bedford Falls, which would become Pottersville if George wasn't around to keep Mr. Potter from taking over.

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What job does Mary take on in the future where she doesn't marry George?
doctor
dancer
librarian
George is devastated to learn that if he had never been born, Mary would have been a simple librarian who never married.

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Who runs the pharmacy in Bedford Falls?
Mr. Jones
Mr. Gower
Mr. Gower serves as the local druggist and serves 20 years in prison when George isn't around to prevent him from adding the wrong substance to a prescription.
Mr. Green

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What sound signifies that an angel has earned his wings?
a bell ringing
George and Mary's daughter Zuzu learns from her teacher that every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.
a train whistle blowing
a dog barking

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Who played George's wife Mary in the film?
Janine Turner
Elizabeth Montgomery
Donna Reed
Donna Reed, who later spent several years as the star of "The Donna Reed Show," played the loving and loyal Mary Bailey.

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Who played Mr. Potter in the movie?
Wallace Beery
John Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore -- yes, Drew's great uncle -- starred as the wheelchair-bound Henry Potter.

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Who was Mary's beau before she and George got together?
Sam
Hee-haw! Mary had a budding relationship with Sam Wainwright before taking up with George.
Steve
Soloman

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What was the name of the local policeman in Bedford Falls?
Bert
Bert the cop and Ernie the cabbie serenaded George and Mary on their makeshift honeymoon.
Bart
Barry

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Where is George when he is punched by Mr. Welch?
at home
Martini's Place
George is drinking heavily at Martini's Place when Mr. Welch, the husband of Zuzu's teacher, punches him in the jaw.
Zuzu's school

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How many children do George and Mary have?
2
3
4
George and Mary are the proud parents of four children -- Janie, Zuzu, Pete and Tommy.

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What is the name of the Bailey family housekeeper?
Emma
Sarah
Annie
Annie is the longtime housekeeper for the Baileys. When George needs money, she offers her savings, which she was holding onto in case she ever needed a divorce from her future husband.

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What does George wish for every time he enters the pharmacy?
a million dollars
George wishes on a cigarette lighter for a million dollars and exclaims, "Hot dog!" every time the device lights.
a hot rod
a trip to Tahiti

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Who is in competition with Mary for young George's heart?
Pam
Violet
Played by Gloria Grahame, a young Violet Bick competes for the affection of George -- and every other boy in town.
Rose

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What does George find in his pocket after deciding that he really has a wonderful life?
a wad of cash
a huge diamond
Zuzu's petals
George knows he is back to reality after his adventure with Clarence when he reaches into his pocket and pulls out Zuzu's petals.

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What does George offer Mary as they walk home from the graduation party?
his heart
the moon
George promises a smitten Mary that he will lasso the moon and bring it down to Earth for her.
a big house

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The film was originally released in color.
true
false
"It's a Wonderful Life" was released in the theater in black and white and wasn't colorized until the 1980s.

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What is the name of Harry's wife?
Rebecca
Rachel
Ruth
When Harry comes home from college, he brings a surprise in the form of his wife Ruth, whose father has promised him a job in Buffalo -- leaving poor George to manage the Building and Loan on his own.

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Where do George and Mary go on their honeymoon?
France
Mexico
320 Sycamore St
After spending their honeymoon fund to save the Building and Loan, George and Mary spend their first night together at the old Granville Place, located at 320 Sycamore St.

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Where does George take Clarence for a drink?
Nick's Place
Without George Bailey and Bailey Park to help him afford a house, Martini no longer owns his bar. George heads to his favorite watering hole with Clarence, only to learn it is now called Nick's Place.
the Building and Loan
his mother's boarding house

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What part in the film is played by Frank Faylen?
Uncle Billy
Eustice
Ernie
Actor Frank Faylen played Ernie the cabbie.

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The Frank Capra classic was a box office flop.
true
The film made just $3.3 million at the box office and cost $3.18 million, making it a financial flop.
false

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Copyright holders lost the rights to the film in 1974.
true
Copyright holders forgot to renew the rights to the film in 1974, which left it in the public domain for 20 years. This helped make the film the classic it is today, because everyone was able to air it for free until the copyright was renewed in 1994.
false

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