Study Guide

It's a Wonderful Life Scene 9

Scene 9

Scene 9

Search and Rescue

  • In Martini's bar, George sits around drinking and feeling miserable. He prays to God for help; he's at the end of his rope.
  • The bartender asks if he's alright; Martini is worried, too. He loves George.
  • The teacher's husband is at the bar, and he punches George in the face for insulting his wife over the phone.
  • Driving away, George crashes his car into a tree. A man yells at him, saying his grandfather planted that tree.
  • George wanders out through the snow onto a bridge. A nearby man looks at George as he stares over the edge.
  • It's not looking good for our boy, is it?
  • But suddenly, the man falls in and starts yelling for help.
  • George dives in and rescues him.
  • They're invited to go into a watchman's house, where they dry off and change.
  • The man is actually Clarence Odbody, the angel-in-training. He admits he's George's guardian angel from heaven, and he intentionally provoked George into saving him so George wouldn't throw himself off the bridge.
  • The watchman runs outside, freaked out.
  • George is mystified by all of the things Clarence knows about him, like that he owes $8,000.
  • Clarence tells him he's an angel that doesn't yet have his wings.

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