The Greatest Gift [Philip Van Doren Stern] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The short story that inspired the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is. : The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale (): Philip Van Doren Stern: Books. 6 Nov But few of those fans know that Capra’s film was based on a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern, which came to Stern in a dream one night.

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The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern

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Potter owned a photography studio in the story, but was a conniving banker in the film. Really, it is a short story. However, the afterword by Marguerite Stern Robinson the author’s daughter and the illustrations by Scott McKowan makes the recent publication of this short story well worth a look.


I’d still recommend checking out the original story if you come across a copy. I was not disappointed, although it is very different from the movie, I enjoyed the story.

Sponsored products related to this item What’s this? Just a life-affirming story. Six Christmas stories to warm your heart. Published October 28th by Simon Schuster first published December For one thing, Clarence the angel was much more delightfully memorable in the film. Yet it’s become a Christmas classic and sgern beloved by millions.

This is a truly magical tale, which I’m so glad to relieve.

Merry Christmas to you all and blessings to you and all your families. The writer wrote this story based on everyday characters of today’s society.

Yet you denied that gift. Why were they quoting each other verbatim? This is a reprint of the Christmas story that inspired the movie, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. He has even sent the card and story to his friend, Shirley Collier, who called him a few months later wanting him phliip turn it into a film.

The story behind how the movie was made based on this short story is very cool. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Aug 25, Mary Lou rated it liked it.


The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale

As I was reading all these reviews I had a few questions. I’m glad I purchased it, especially since I’m going to “re-gift” it this coming Christmas. Their son pretends to shoot him with a toy cap gun, and shouts, “You’re dead. If by chance you’re ggeatest familiar with this story, it’s a short little tale about a one Mr.

One person who would be effected by my absence would be my boyfriend Sam. I love Frank Capra’s It a Wonderful Life and was happy to read the very short story that started it all. Dec 18, Kourtney Delperdang added guft. Then the downtown church bell started ringing.

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Your Cart items Cart total. Showing of 18 reviews. It’s A Wonderful Life is my all-time favorite movie.