1947 FBI Memo Re: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Yesterday vs. today:

1947 FBI Memo Re: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

With regard to the picture “It’s a Wonderful Life”, [redacted] stated in substance that the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists. [In] addition, [redacted] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.”

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5 thoughts on “1947 FBI Memo Re: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

  1. This is very funny because it shows how things used to be. It shows how the world has changed. But yet some things stay the same….like the upper class is still the same and the people who have money are still mean and despicable characters. Oh sorry!!! I kind’ve gave my opinion there.

  2. Wow … Hollywood was closely watched by Big Brother at that time in case subliminal Communist messages slipped through, but this is really a stretch. Scary if the government embarks on a similar path in the future.

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