“It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Fox Theatre


Showing for 2 afternoons at the lovely Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. on Dec. 20 and 23 (both at 2 p.m.).  Tickets only $5 to $7.


“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

“Almost 70 years after its release, this film is still one of the greatest movies ever made and a sure-fire holiday favorite. An absolutely magical story that helps anyone who watches it to remember what actually matters in life! George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls, as we see in flashback. But in the present, on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire, Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family, and friends would turn out if he had never been born. George meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away?”

Director: Frank Capra

Writers: Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay)

Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Carolyn’s note: Haven’t you had a lot of adversity (seemingly all at the same time) and felt discouraged in life, wondering why you were alive at all?  That is indeed when we need our Guardian Angels to help us out.  Watch this beloved movie at the beautiful Fox Tucson Theatre downtown, and enjoy the holiday lights.

It is a wonderful life.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Just checking if comments post, as one of our readers Wileybud said this particular post wasn’t allowing him to comment. Odd.

  2. The GOP goal: Turn every Bedford Falls into Pottersville. When the movie was first released it was condemned by J. Edgar Hoover as Socialism & Communism. And whined that Mr. Potter should have been cast in a more favorable light.

    Didn’t do to well at the box office, getting into the public domain allowed TV stations to show it for free and has since become an American classic. Just goes to show that if the American People are informed they make the right decisions.

    • Wileybud, I apologize for finding your comment so late — it was in the Trash folder and I finally had a chance to check it. Odd that your emails (several on this movie) were sent there automatically, not even to the Spam folder. So here it is, finally. Thanks.

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