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It’s A Wonderful Life on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

Tune into a special holiday edition of The Sounds of Film with Tom Needham featuring a special audio broadcast of Frank Capra’s beloved It’s A Wonderful Life and the children’s holiday classic, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

In 1946, Capra’s holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey was actually considered communist propaganda by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1947, the House on Un-American Committee held a hearing on the matter. The FBI determined that the film intentionally maligned the upper class. They determined that there was a deliberate attempt by the filmmakers to discredit bankers by portraying Potter as the villain.

Similarly, the children’s claymation special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, tells the radical story of an outlaw, Kris Kringle, who disobey’s the selfish Bugermeister‘s law forbidding the ownership of toys by delivering presents to children in the darkness of the night. The show stars Fred Astaire as the narrator and Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle.

The Sounds of Film will air an audio broadcast of the 1970 Christmas special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life on Thursday at 6 PM.