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The story itself will be known to many of you.  What I found interesting is 
that this item appeared in Cineplex Magazine, published by Cineplex which 
operates 162 theatres in Canada.
                ken h

Page 62
Dreaming of a Red Christmas
This 1946 photo of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed promoting It’s a Wonderful Life 
is downright precious. But if it’s evoking sentimental feelings for a movie 
that placed family, charity and the little guy above big business and 
consumerism, you might want to ask yourself if you’re a Communist. In May of 
1947, just a few months after It’s a Wonderful Life hit theatres, an FBI memo 
was written asserting that the film was evidence of “Communist infiltration of 
the motion picture industry.” Depicting Lionel Barrymore’s Mr. Potter, the head 
of a big bank, as a “scrooge-type” made him the most hated man in the movie and 
discredited bankers, the memo suggested. Apparently, the film also maligned the 
upper class, “attempting to show the people who had money were mean and 
despicable characters.” Keep in mind this was the era of HUAC, the House 
Un-American Activities Committee, which was assembled to ferret out citizens — 
often those in the entertainment industry — with Communist ties. If you dare 
take the risk, It’s A Wonderful Life screens at Cineplex theatres December 16, 
17, 19, 21 and 24.
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