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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:37 PM
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Where is "It's a Wonderful Life" supposed to take place?
I read somewhere on the net that it is supposed to be inspired by a small New York town, and elsewhere that it's Connecticut. But since it's location is not mentioned in the movie, I always thought Bedford Falls could be any American town (in a place where it snows in the winter, obviously :) ) Where is it?
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dr.strangelove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:39 PM
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1. I always thought it was Midwest
I pictured in in Illinois or Indiana. I don't think a state was mentioned.
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:40 PM
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I Always Thought Bedford Falls Was in New England
Either Connecticut or Massachusetts...
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legally blonde Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:40 PM
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2. I was always under the impression
that it took place in New York. I'm not sure why. :shrug: Great movie, regardless--one of my favorites.
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rogerashton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:40 PM
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3. There is a Bedford County in PA
n/t
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:41 PM
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4. I've always assumed in upstate New York
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:42 PM
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5. me too
I don't know why...

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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:46 PM
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8. It was my impression because they say
that they're "going down to the city" which I always thought (geo-centrically, since I'm a New Yorker) was NYC.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:49 PM
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12. Upsate New York
Remember, the bank examiner wants to spend Christmas with his family in Elmira, and Sam Wainwright has a plastics factory in Buffalo.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:45 PM
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6. I used to live in Bedford NY
Up in NOrthern Westchester - and it looks a hell of a lot like the town in It's a Wonderful Life.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:47 PM
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9. Katonah looks even more like Bedford Falls!
Just up the road from Bedford.

(I used to live in South Salem myself.)
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 06:50 PM
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27. Indeed...........n/t
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:45 PM
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7. I thought it was the Midwest somewhere.
I don't think they mention a State in the movie.
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:47 PM
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10. I Just Did a Google Search on "Bedford Falls" And Found This
Bedford Falls

Setting for 1946 classic movie, "It's a Wonderful Life"

Although the movie was filmed in California, many people speculate that Seneca Falls, NY, was the inspiration for George Bailey's hometown. People in Seneca Falls hold an annual It's a Wonderful Life Celebration.

http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=611...
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:56 PM
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17. Cool
You wonder what Capra's connection to the town was, if that it is the case.
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:48 PM
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11. In Indiana, PA (Jimmy's hometown), they outline the downtown
buildings with lights and decorate the streetlights to "look like Bedford Falls" at Christmas. Its nice.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:51 PM
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13. Is it just me, or is Cheney not Mr. Potter?
:scary:

Separated at birth, at the very least.
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:52 PM
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14. It's not just you
It's eerie.
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Quinto Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 07:41 PM
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28. You're right
It is uncanny
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zauberflote Donating Member (179 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:54 PM
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15. Seneca Falls, NY
The people of Seneca Falls, N.Y., on the west side of Lake Cayuga in the Finger Lakes region will tell you without question their town is the inspiration. Numerous other towns from the region are mentioned in the movie, such as Elmira, Syracuse and Rochester. There's a bridge there that is considered the inspiration for the bridge George Bailey jumped off of, and if you check this website, you'll see a main street that certainly bears a resemblance to the one in the movie.
http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=164...
They even hold an It's a Wonderful Life festival in December.
I have family there so I'm quite partial to the theory.
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 03:05 PM
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19. Farther west than I thought it would be
I'm partial to it being NY too. :)
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DelawareValleyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:55 PM
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16. My guess is the Hudson Valley area
of New York State. In this region, there is Bedford, a Wappingers Falls and a Highland Falls
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onebigbadwulf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 02:57 PM
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18. It could pass as Colorado but probably New England
bah
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SarahB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 03:24 PM
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20. I'm pretty sure it's New York State.
Here's why:
When the bank inspector comes to check out the books on Christmas Eve, he says, "I want to get back to Elmira to spend Christmas with my family." Elmira is a town in upstate New York- viola, it's New York.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 03:40 PM
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24. It is upstate New York.
The references to Elmira and Buffalo are in there.
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Gothic Sponge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 03:28 PM
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21. Bedford Falls? You must be thinking of Pottersville.
Oh no! George Bailey was never born! ;)
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zauberflote Donating Member (179 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 03:34 PM
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22. Don't laugh, in New Jersey
Believe it or not there's a Pottersville in New Jersey smack dab in the middle of horse country that's as idylic and beautiful as any little village anywhere in the country. It could never be confused with the Pottersville in the movie
And yes, I did say it's in New Jersey.
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 03:40 PM
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25. Some parts of New Jersey belie its reputation
as "the armpit of America." :D There are some really nice places to see.
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 03:49 PM
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26. I Grew Up Outside Morristown
When I was in high school (1968 to 71), we used to go swimming in the river outside Pottersville, before they fenced it in.

When people were going there, we used to say "Have pot in Funnersville!" :-)
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 03:36 PM
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23. upstate New York
according to the definitive source, the book _Suspects_.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 07:42 PM
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29. Hawaii
Man! What were those guys thinking?

TlalocW
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