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SNL Throwback: 'It's A Wonderful Life' Lost Ending
December 21, 2012  | By Eric Gould
 

The gold-standard holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, used to be wallpaper on Christmas Eve, running non-stop on multiple channels until NBC got the rights, and limited viewings. George Bailey's (Jimmy Stewart) tale of what the fortune of his town and family would be like had he never been born is so ingrained, we know all the scenes by heart. But not all, apparently. Here's Dana Carvey and SNL's 1986 version of a lost ending that explains what happens when the Baileys discover that Old Man Potter (Lionel Barrymore) has the missing $8,000. That plot point is left hanging in the original cut, and we always wondered what would happen when the Baileys found out. Turns out, they go street on him. The real film is scheduled for this Christmas Eve, NBC, 8 p.m. ET. –EG
 
 
 
 
 
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