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At 75, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Offers Real-Life History Lessons

Bank runs were familiar events for Iowans in the late 1920s and early 1930s. In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Mary Bailey (Donna Reed) saves the Bailey Building & Loan by offering money planned for her honeymoon to satisfy anxious customers. (Paramount Pictures)
Charleston dance competitions were popular across the nation and Iowa in the mid-1920s. Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) and George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) jumped into the craze in “It’s A Wonderful Life.” (Paramount Pictures)

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