It’s A Wonderful Life, the Christmas drama released in 1946 and directed by Frank Capra, has become a timeless classic The iconic film follows George Bailey, an increasingly frustrated and overwhelmed businessman who feels he is living a life that he doesn’t want to live. George is at his lowest point, facing potential financial and legal trouble on Christmas Eve, when his loved one’s prayers are answered. A guardian angel named Clarence comes to Earth and visits George in an attempt to convince him not to end his life. Clarence is able to show George what the world would be like had he never been born. Through Clarence, George is able to see that his existence matters, that people care about him and that he can’t simply throw it all away. The movie comes to a climax as George begins to realize the value of his life and returns back to the present, and it becomes clear that Clarence has done his work as a guardian angel. In one of the final scenes of the movie, an authentic Bevin Bell can be seen ringing on the Christmas tree as George’s daughter, proudly tells everyone that a ringing bell means that George’s angel, Clarence, has finally gotten his wings and been promoted.
Many important themes can be found in It’s A Wonderful Life that still resonate with us today. The importance of friendship and family, the value of life, messages of hope, and feelings of loyalty, devotion, and dissatisfaction are omnipresent throughout the movie. At Bevin Bells, we are proud to play a small part in this enduring and inspirational movie. We encourage you to take the time to watch the film and share it with others this holiday season, especially if you haven’t already! And we hope that you think of Bevin Bells not only when you hear our bells ringing in the film, but anytime you hear the tranquil sound of bells ringing this holiday season. We have linked the scene featuring our bells below for your viewing enjoyment!