Did the FBI Once Consider “It’s a Wonderful Life” Communist Propaganda?

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By Kirk Miller Around this time of year, several publications bring up the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life and go through the usual historical recounting: The 1946 film was initially a flop, but later found success when it went into the public domain, it was considered communist propaganda by the FBI, etc. We’re not joking about that last part. It’s an oft-reported detail about the Frank Capra film, and after some additional research by the fact-checking site Snopes, it turns out that weird bit of history is considered “mostly true.” As Snopes reporter Dan MacGuill writes, “Although the …

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