I always liked the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life. No one else in my family seems to like it; they think it's hokey and too long. Some of those criticisms may be valid, but I still spend time watching it every year because it has always been a Christmas tradition for me. Watching the film has been a tradition for many over the years. However, most don't know that a legal lapse likely led to it becoming a holiday favorite.
When It's a Wonderful Life was released in theatres, it received mixed reviews from critics and mediocre box office returns. Though it received some Academy Award nominations, there were little indications at the time that it would go on to become a beloved film. So, what happened? At the time of the film's release,
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Source: Why Wonderful Life Comes but Once a Year - Slate Magazine, http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/1999/12/why_wonderful_life_comes_but_once_a_year.html