Facts About 'It's A Wonderful Life' You Probably Didn't Know

Who would’ve thought that after more than 70 years since it first came out, there’d still be new things to learn about It’s a Wonderful Life?

Well, we did, obviously, that’s why we decided to scour the internet for some fascinating facts about America’s most beloved Christmas movie that you might not have known before.

Facts like:

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Seneca Falls, NY transforms into Bedford Falls once a year. ARENOW IN BEDFORD FALLS The city claims to be the inspiration for Bedford Falls due to theChicago Tribune

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A new type of artificial snow was created for the film. Due to the industry standard fake snowflakes being too loud and causing problems with sound miGizmodo

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That marvelous gym/pool actually exists. NOVIN HOME tills Despite looking like something out of a sci-fi movie, the gym with a pool hidden underneath Los Angeles Times

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It was Jimmy Stewart's first movie after coming back from World War ll. During the war, Stewart spent five years in the army, including 20 months on tThe Wall Street Journal

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The movie was supposed to star Cary Grant. When the project first got off the ground at RKO Studios, Grant was slated to play George Bailey. However, The Associated Press

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Bedford Falls was one of the biggest sets of its time: The fake city covered four acres of the RKO Studios ranch, and it took around two months to conLIFE

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A cash grab sequel was announced in 2013:3 It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story was going to follow George's grandson as he tries to become a Screen Rant & Variety

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It became a Christmas classic thanks to a lapsed copyright and TV. R oy The film accidentally became public domain after Republic Pictures forgot to rSlate

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Zuzu was named after a cookie. A*KOTAO At one point in the movie, George Zu Zu refers to his daughter as his little GINGER SNAPS ginger snap. This iCountry Living

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It bombed at the box office. When It's a Wonderful Life first came out in 1946, it failed to recoup its $2.3 million budget. It was such a disaster thScreen Rant

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It was shot during a heatwave. YOU ARE N FALLS Despite the cold winter setting, It's a Wonderful Life was actually shot during an intense summer heatwBBC

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Mr. Potter is related to Drew Barrymore. Lionel Barrymore, who played Potter, is Drew Barrymore's great-uncle. CRACKEDCoM CBS

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H.B. Warner didn’t pull punches with Bob Anderson.
Anderson, who was only 12-year-old at the time, says that during the scene between him and Warner, Los Angeles Times

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