For 2 living actors of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ the film’s magic still resonates

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Frank Capra’s story about redemption and a life fulfilled, bombed at the box office when it was released in early 1947. The Christmas movie that year that became the classic of its time? “Miracle on 34th Street.” For decades, “It’s a Wonderful Life” was largely forgotten until 1974 when Republic Pictures failed to renew its copyright protection. The film lapsed into the public domain, meaning anyone could show the film without obtaining permission or paying royalties. Its ubiquity on broadcast TV over the next two decades fueled its popularity and gave the film a secon…

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