One of the Capra films I never saw in my youth. Seeing it now provides mixed feelings. On the one hand, it is easy to ride the wave of populist support for the iconoclastic common man, especially insofar as the foe is unfeeling big business. On the other hand, it is hard to take Capra's sentimental manipulations at times and the pay-off seems less well-earned than in some of his other films. But truly Lionel Barrymore is great as the folksy Grandpa Vanderhof who disarms the profit-motivated Edward Arnold. Won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars.
Bits were okay, but mostly it was just really irritating. "Eccentric" characters with hearts of gold, going up against big business. No need to watch this to know what happens.
A thoroughly enjoyable feel-good flick. Rather like a combination of The Castle and It's a Wonderful Life. The only annoyance was the eternal, infernal dancing of Ann Miller's character - a little overdone.
Great old movie a bit over the top in parts but the excellent actors Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymor and Jean Arhtur make it enjoyable