Item description for The It's a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book by Stephen Cox...
Overview Few motion pictures have enjoyed a renaissance like the 1946 Frank Capra masterpiece It's a Wonderful Life. Nominated for Five Academy Awards, it was dismissed as syrupy Christmas fare and fell into obscurity until television gave it new life. Today it's an American tradition. With It's a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book, any fan of the classic film can further appreciate its magic and legacy. The warm reminiscences of the film's cast are supported by excellent photographs, providing the perfect companion for any fan of the film--or anyone who believes in miracles and angels. The book features dozens of interviews and rare behind the-scenes photographs that allow readers to see how the movie was created. Comments from Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Bobbie Anderson, Jimmy Hawkins, Karen Grimes, and many more make the story come alive. More than a dozen brief biographies of the prominent cast members detail how It's a Wonderful Life affected their lives and careers. Then and now photographs supplement the career highlights of Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi, Gloria Grahame, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, and others. Like George Bailey himself, It's a Wonderful Life was rescued from oblivion in the late 1970s when it was discovered that the film's copyright had not been renewed and the motion picture fell into the public domain. Television stations nationwide began freely airing the film. From film remakes and marvelous merchandise to cast reunions and Saturday Night Live's hilarious parody, this book explores the adoration of generations of viewers who have fallen under its spell.
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Studio: Cumberland House Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.31" Width: 7.26" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2003
Publisher CUMBERLAND HOUSE #572
ISBN 1581823371 ISBN13 9781581823370 UPC 610529018952
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More About Stephen Cox
Steve Cox has devoted his life to chronicling classic TV. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and TV Guide, he has written books on The Addams Family (the old-money ghouls), Gilligan's Island, Green Acres, The Tonight Show, and Many other great shows. He lives in Burbank, California.
Stephen Cox currently resides in Burbank, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about It's a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book?
it's a wonderful life Jan 7, 2008
This is an excellant book by an author who best describes the feelings of this amazing film. The book has a great mixture of photoes I have never seen before and also, a lot of interesting stories about the cast and and the making of the film. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who loves the film( Its a wonderfull life) and my praise to the author in writing something that I know both my family and myself will read and read again. A great buy
Perfect Christmas Gift! Nov 29, 2006
If you love "It's a Wonderful Life" (and who doesn't?), then you'll LOVE this book! I was stunned to learn about what happened to the cast and where the Bailey kids are today and what they look like in more recent years. No other book offers the pure nostalgia factor like this one. The author gives us some amazing details about deleted scenes, as well as photographs that have surfaced showing these rare behind-the-scenes glimpses into scenes that never made the final cut. I loved the photo of Henry Travers (Clarence the Angel) in full color, not long before he died. What a treat this book is!! And the special message from Jimmy Stewart at the beginning of the book is pure magic! If you are a fan of this film, you won't be disappointed! This book is the perfect gift for any friends who love the movie, too. I've already ordered several and am giving them out this holiday!
Wonderful but not exceptional Feb 23, 2006
There are plenty of surprises in this book. You'll read what director Frank Capra and the players themselves have to say about making "It's a Wonderful Life," and you'll discover some interesting names among those who were almost cast. You'll also learn that some of the film's legends are true, while others are not. For example, while it is true that Carl Switzer (Alfalfa from the "Our Gang" comedies) was the rascal who opened the gym floor exposing the swimming pool beneath, it is NOT true that muppets Bert and Ernie were named as an homage to Bert the cop and Ernie the cab driver -- that's just a coincidence. In spite of the book's rather crowded layout and lackluster production, if you love "It's a Wonderful Life" and/or if you collect IAWL memorabilia, you'll want to have this book.
A Wonderful Review of a Wonderful Book Dec 28, 2005
Cox's "It's a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book" is an excellent addition to the movie buff's collection, and to fans of this exceptional film. The book is packed with stunning photographs (many never seen before), interesting tid-bits about the making-of, backstory on not only the fine performances of James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, but the character actors that helped make Capra's touching film so memorable and the holiday favorite it has become--almost 60 years later. It is well-researched and richly-written. This is a perfect gift year-round for any reason. It is one of Cox's best!
It's a wonderful book! Jul 20, 2005
I have to admit that I wasn't much of an "It's a Wonderful Life" fan....until now. I had the pleasure of meeting Karolyn Grimes (little ZuZu Bailey) recently. She is such a warm and lovely person and spoke of IAWL with such passion that I bought the DVD the next night and watched it with new eyes. Now I'm hooked.
I was so delighted to find this book, to learn even more about this classic movie. After reading the book, I had to watch the DVD again.
Even if you're just a casual viewer of the movie, you'll still love this book. It's incredibly well-researched and jam-packed with beautiful photographs. Stephen Cox has a way with words. You feel like you're sitting with an old friend. His books are like comfort-food for the mind!