Double Feature

It’s A Wonderful Life

Meet John Doe

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It’s A Wonderful Life

After a lifetime of helping others, it’s George Bailey (James Stewart) who now needs saving. Clarence (Henry Travers), a prospective guardian angel, descends from Heaven to intervene in George’s potential suicide after he’s pushed to the brink of personal ruin. Having witnessed all of the heroic and charitable acts he has accomplished over the course of his life, Clarence transports George to an alternate timeline in which he never existed, and he subsequently realizes the impact his actions had on both his family and community. With a renewed sense of self-worth and duty to his loved ones, George must go find what awaits him back home with the firm appreciation that It’s a Wonderful Life.

“Director Capra’s inventiveness, humor and affection for human beings keep it glowing with life and excitement.” – TIME Magazine

“What is remarkable about It’s a Wonderful Life is how well it holds up over the years; it’s one of those ageless movies, like Casablanca or The Third Man, that improves with age. Some movies, even good ones, should only be seen once. When we know how they turn out, they’ve surrendered their mystery and appeal. Other movies can be viewed an indefinite number of times. Like great music, they improve with familiarity. It’s a Wonderful Life falls in the second category.” – Roger Ebert

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Director
Frank Capra
Starring
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen
Year
1946
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
130 minutes

Meet John Doe

When a fired reporter’s desperation inspires the creation of a fake proletariat icon, she hires a homeless man to pose as the mouthpiece for her sensational articles. “John Doe” inadvertently spearheads a movement against political injustice, drawing support from across the country, but the fact of John Doe’s true identity becomes a matter of intense speculation and worse yet, exploitation. Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck star in the Frank Capra classic Meet John Doe.

35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Director
Frank Capra
Starring
Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason
Year
1941
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
122 minutes

Upcoming Showtimes

Thu, December 19
7:30 pm
It’s A Wonderful Life
10:15 pm
Meet John Doe

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