Jump to content
 
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Why no "It's a Wonderful Life"?


kaslovesTCM
 Share

Recommended Posts

Welcome to the message boards!

 

And Happy Holidays!!

 

As JonasEB has indicated......The reason you will not find It's a Wonderful Life on the TCM schedule is that the NBC television network has exclusive rights to show the movie for the next few years. For many years the movie was in the public domain, and was shown on many television stations. But a few years ago the movie attained its copyright again, with TV rights sold to NBC.

 

This is why you will not see the film on TCM probably for years to come.

 

And it is a shame, since NBC loves to showcase the film twice during the holiday season with both showings airing during a special three-hour block of time with many pointless celebrities talking about watching the film and having many commercial breaks.

 

Edited by: fxreyman on Dec 23, 2011 7:13 AM

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's true that a commercial driven channel has rights to show this movie. It has been shown many times and I'm sure almost everyone has their own copy by now. I have it on both VHS and DVD and way back when, I even had it on Beta. It is a great movie and worth watching, but only worth watching in the true TCM tradition uncut and commercial free. There is an alternative, if the viewers can convince the TCM programmers to obtain rights to televise "It Happened One Christmas". This is a TV movie from 1977 and is "It's A Wonderfull Life" with a female perspective. It stars Marlo Thomas as the female 'Jimmy Stewart', Wayne Rogers as the male 'Donna Reed', Orson Welles as the miserly 'Lionel Barrymore' and Cloris Leachman as the angel Clara Oddbody. I request this movie every now and then and if enough people request it maybe the programmers at TCM will obtain the rights and show it next Christmas and TCM can continue in it's programming excellence by bring us a movie not shown 100 times.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

> {quote:title=aimalac wrote: ...}{quote}There is an alternative, if the viewers can convince the TCM programmers to obtain rights to televise "It Happened One Christmas". This is a TV movie from 1977 and is "It's A Wonderfull Life" with a female perspective. It stars Marlo Thomas as the female 'Jimmy Stewart', Wayne Rogers as the male 'Donna Reed', Orson Welles as the miserly 'Lionel Barrymore' and Cloris Leachman as the angel Clara Oddbody. I request this movie every now and then and if enough people request it maybe the programmers at TCM will obtain the rights and show it next Christmas and TCM can continue in it's programming excellence by bring us a movie not shown 100 times.

It's interesting you should bring that one up, because I was just thinking about it today. For those of us old enough to remember the original broadcast it would be quite a trip down memory lane. Plus it was so 70's in the sense that it put a feminist twist on an old Christmas classic back in the days when "It's a Wonderful Life" was still in the public domain. Problem is,hasn't TCM avoided made for TV movies up to this point? The reason I think so is that TCM's parent company owns the rights to some wonderful made for TV movies that have never shown up on TCM. For example 1973's "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" has even been restored and is in the Warner Archives, yet it is yet to show up on TCM.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The shameful thing about it is that, there are plenty of quality made for TV movies that I'm sure many viewers would enjoy seeing. TCM has recently been showing 'Screen Directors playhouse' and perhaps they may be rethinking their position on TV movies. I for one would enjoy seeing the TV movie 'Brians Song' with James Caan and Billy Dee Williams and I never get tired of watching the 'Columbo' mystery movies even though I know all the ways the killer slips up.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Paramount is very lucky to have original negative materials on this film. NTA, who acquired the rights back in the early 60's, was very careless about maintaining its properties. If anyone saw the recent TCM telecast of GOOD SAM, that is a perfect example of a film that is seen in slipshod fashion, probably trasferred from a 16mm negative (resulting in a noisy track that had to be de-noised so as to come out very flat). NTA became Republic; Republic was sold to Spelling; Paramount bought Spelling and wound up with the library.

 

I haven't seen LIFE on NBC lately, but I don' t know if they're botching it for HD/Widescreen etc etc.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

> {quote:title=RayFaiola wrote:}{quote}

> I haven't seen IT'S A WODERFUL LIFE on NBC lately, but I don' t know if they're botching it for HD/Widescreen etc etc.

Good info, as always, Ray! Thanks!

 

Warning:

If you're a purist and love the movie, don't watch how they butcher the presentation of the end cast listing. Spare yourself the pain and frustration!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

> {quote:title=casablancalover wrote:}{quote}This is one movie that could really use the latest techniques for restoration as well. I think the prints I've seen are not holding up at all.

I have 2 DVDs of this movie. Both prints are excellent. One even more crisp than the other....and one even has a colorized (gasp!) version included.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

>This is one movie that could really use the latest techniques for restoration as well. I think the prints I've seen are not holding up at all.

 

The Blu-ray is excellent, and two weeks ago this evening I saw a newly-struck 35mm print of it at the Motion Picture Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. I looked splendid (followed by Ben Burtt's indoor snow-making. A wonderful evening).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We thought "It Happened One Christmas" was a hoot when it came out. Marlo Thomas had done the "feminist viewpoint" thing before, and while me and a few friends were squarely on the side of political feminism( we were raised by single mothers for part or all of our lives to adulthood) we thought Thomas was somehow cramming these concepts down peoples throats. The idea of a guardian angel coming down to help George Baily is what makes the movie fantasy for sure. But the idea that a woman took charge of a financial institution in the '30's was just too implausable. We wondered if Marlo would tackle other film classics with the feminist twist. Perhaps "Citizen Kate" or something to that effect.

 

That being said, I cannot say anything bad about the perfomances of the cast in that effort.

Sepiatone

Link to comment
Share on other sites

>Paramount is very lucky to have original negative materials on this film.

 

Yeas, I just saw a 35mm screening of this last week at the Capitol Theater in Rome NY and it was crisp, beautifully balanced and very three dimensional looking. I felt sucked into Bedford Falls!

 

(and we were just in Seneca Falls the week prior for the It's A Wonderful Life night marathon. Carolyn Grimes starts the race with "Teacher says... gets his wings")

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Share

© 2023 Turner Classic Movies Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Settings
×
×
  • Create New...