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SNL’s “Alternate Ending to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life'”

Merry Christmas everyone.  A little treat that I’m still upset Hulu does not put out annually.

Found this on YouTube, very well could get taken down soon for copyright violations by the time you click “Play,” but I remember this as teenager and it always stuck with me.

The clip is pretty self-explanatory, it’s an alternate ending of the Frank Capra Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” as performed by the SNL cast circa 1986 with Dana Carvey doing his Jimmy Stewart, and Phil Hartman (gone, but not forgotten) playing the role of “Uncle Billy.”

Enjoy.


The truth is, there actually is a scripted alternate ending to “It’s a Wonderful Life” out there. It just was never filmed.

The story goes that it involves a scene where Angel 2nd Class Clarance makes an appearance before Mr. Potter, and it is supposed to take place just before the friends and family start arriving at the Bailey household.  Clarance tells Potter that the life he has lead has been one of offering nothing but misery and suffering for others and then shows him his final destination — Hell.  Potter, horrified and terrified at all this, has a heart attack and it is left to the audience to decide if he dies then and there.

The scene then shifts back to the Bailey household, likely just as all the money comes pouring in from George’s family and friends.

Reportedly Capra felt the movie could survive just fine without a “the villain gets what’s coming to him” scene and cut it out.  That, and it was ruled as way too macabre.

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