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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:34 PM
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Loungers - if they remade It's a wonderful life today - who should play the lead/etc?
The Original Cast:

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart George Bailey
Donna Reed Mary Hatch
Lionel Barrymore Henry F. Potter
Thomas Mitchell Uncle Billy Bailey
Henry Travers Clarence
Beulah Bondi Ma Bailey
Frank Faylen Ernie Bishop
Ward Bond Bert
Gloria Grahame Violet Bick
H.B. Warner Mr. Gower
Frank Albertson Sam Wainwright

(easy to cut and paste, no need to include all :)

George Bailey
Mary Hatch
Henry F. Potter
Uncle Billy Bailey
Clarence
Ma Bailey
Ernie Bishop
Bert
Violet Bick
Mr. Gower
Sam Wainwright
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:57 PM
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1. Tom Hanks or even Jeff Bridges and/or Tommy Lee Jones for George Bailey
Maybe Jennifer Garner for Mary Hatch (same dimples as Donna Reed) although I think Gwyneth Paltrow has the right "vibe" for the part
John Lithgow as Henry F Potter. He has that sneer (Alan Rickman or Jack Nicholson could also pull it off)
I keep seeing Morgan Freeman as Clarence
Jim Broadbent (Professor Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter) as Uncle Bill Bailey

Can't think about the others yet....

Funny OP!
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:18 PM
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3. Aren't your Georges WAAAAAAAY too old for your Marys? nt
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:33 PM
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4. LOL!! Yeah, probably.
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 08:34 PM by riderinthestorm
I was trying for that folksy, whimsical, earnest schtick. I can't think of a single "youngish" male actor who could do that role.

I'm actually doing the end of the month bookkeeping as I'm online here and not very focused. I freely admit to putting in about 2% of my brain cells into this OP. I have to admit your choices were much better!! :evilgrin:


(and now riderinthestorm bows out and exits stage left.....)
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:36 AM
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8. Was just going to say Hanks as Bailey!
GMTA! :)
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:07 PM
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2. Here's a start
Alan Grayson as George Bailey
Rachel Maddow as Mary Hatch
Roger Ailes as Henry F. Potter
Barney Frank as Uncle Billy Bailey
Al Sharpton as Clarence
Hillary Clinton as Ma Bailey
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:27 AM
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7. If you're going that route then I think Chris Matthews HAS to play Uncle Billy.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 11:47 AM
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9. Yes, that's a better choice! nt
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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:54 PM
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10. Except Uncle Billy had very few lines
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:16 PM
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14. But they'd all be gold.
"'Slacker George' only popped two buttons off his vest. HA!"
"George-- tell me something I don't know. Like where I left the $7000!"
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 02:37 AM
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34. LOL. Like your cast list...
:D
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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:47 PM
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5. How about ...
George Clooney - George Bailey
Teri Hatcher - Mary Hatch
John Lithgow - Henry F. Potter (too good to ignore the suggestion)
Donald Sutherland - Uncle Billy Bailey
Morgan Freeman - Clarence (also too good to ignore the suggestion)
Kathy Bates - Ma Bailey
Steve Buscemi - Ernie Bishop
Dennis Franz - Bert
Lauren Holly - Violet Bick
Anthony Hopkins - Mr. Gower
Russell Crowe - Sam Wainwright
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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:53 PM
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6. And Bradley Cooper as Harry Bailey
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 10:48 AM
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22. +1 to your list, especially Morgan Freeman and Teri Hatcher (nt)
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 02:51 PM
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29. I mostly like 'em all, especially George.
He was going to be my choice for George. Matthew Broderick is my second choice. For a younger option, I would like to suggest Toby Maguire. I think he'd be especially fitting if it were set during the same time period as the original. He can pull of that 1930's look better than anyone in his age group, IMO. He also does the "Mr. Nice Guy" so well.

I am not too keen on Teri Hatcher playing Mary, however. And, not because she blamed George for causing all of her psychological issues because he dumped her. I just can't see it. Perhaps Demi Moore or Renee Zellweger would be better. Or, switch roles with Lauren Holly. If George was played by Toby instead of George, I'd suggest Anne Hathaway or maybe Claire Danes, or even Kirsten Dunst.

I really like the suggestion of Morgan Freeman as Clarence. Or, Christopher Lloyd.
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Tom Ripley Donating Member (418 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 09:53 AM
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11. Bruno Ganz as George Bailey
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 09:56 AM
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12. How about Mike Myers plays them all?
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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 11:40 AM
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13. Charlie Sheen and Pam Anderson as George and Mary
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:39 PM
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15. It was remade in 1977 as "It Happened One Christmas" (a reference to yet ANOTHER Capra film)...
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 12:42 PM by MiddleFingerMom
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... and was one AWFUL ego-driven film (produced by the actress who portrayed
Jimmy Stewart's role in the original, Marlo Thomas).
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Can you say horrifically LIGHTWEIGHT?
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Sure... I knew you could.
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I'm listening now to dozens of Jimmy Stewart-led Western genre radio shows
called, "The Six-Shooter" in which Stewart is EXCELLENT (and it's pretty much
classic Jimmy Stewart acting).
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http://otr.net/?p=sixs
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That website, BTW, is an INCREDIBLE resource for anyone who enjoys the
theatre of Old Time Radio -- sometimes incredible shows that were put
on week-in-and-week-out. There are a total of 169 different shows to
choose from (some of them admittedly stinkers) and 12,369 episodes of
those shows.
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http://otr.net /
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YEARS of listening enjoyment (you could live the TOTAL childhood experience
by laying on the floor propping your chin up in your hands in front of
your computer while listening -- perhaps drinking a mug of Ovaltine).
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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:49 PM
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16. Nicholas Cage - George Bailey
Ashley Judd - Mary Hatch
Ed Asner - Mr. Potter
Woody Allen - Uncle Billy
Christopher Walken - Clarence

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Kennah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 09:52 PM
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19. How about swapping Asner and Walken?
Christopher Walken is one bad assed motherfucker bad guy!
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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 04:43 AM
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20. Hmmm.
Keep Asner - maybe Dustin Hoffmann or Dick Van Dyke for Clarence? Leonardo DiCaprio for George.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:28 PM
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17. I'd like to categorically discourage remaking It's a Wonderful Life. n/t
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 07:18 PM
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18. I agree, Chan...but...
if I had to recast George Bailey I might consider Mark Damon. (Marc?)
But I'd rather not.
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Earth Bound Misfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 10:01 AM
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21. Matt n/t
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 11:53 AM
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23. Matt! Oh geez am I an idiot. It's amazing I didn't suggest Vic Damone!
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Earth Bound Misfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 01:10 AM
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32. ...or Johnny


:evilgrin:
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charlie and algernon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 12:03 PM
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24. Clive Owen as George Bailey, Kelsey Grammer as Potter
Edited on Thu Dec-01-11 12:08 PM by charlie and algernon
It's been too long since I've seen the movie to adequately cast the rest, but Owens and Grammer would be perfect.


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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 12:21 PM
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25. How about a Curb Your Enthusiasm version?
George Bailey - Larry David
Mary Hatch - Cheryl
Henry F. Potter - Suzie
Uncle Billy Bailey - Jeff
Clarence - Richard Lewis
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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 03:13 PM
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30. Good one!
:thumbsup:
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 01:50 PM
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26. ...if they remade It's a wonderful life today ...
...I would take hostages.
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 02:00 PM
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27. I dunno, some of the ideas here I think would be pretty cool
But it won't ever be the original, I never get tired of watching it.
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 02:36 PM
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28. Here's a cast for a comedy version:

George Bailey----------------Ray Romano
Mary Hatch-------------------Tina Fay
Henry F. Potter--------------Danny Devito
Uncle Billy Bailey-----------Bobcat Goldthwait
Clarence---------------------Stephen Root
Ma Bailey--------------------Rosanne Barr
Ernie Bishop-----------------Billy Crystal*
Bert-------------------------Christopher Guest*
Violet Bick------------------Jennifer Aniston
Mr. Gower--------------------Christopher Lloyd
Sam Wainwright---------------Kevin James
Joseph (Angel, voice only)---Don Novello

(* = doing Frankie and Willie characters from SNL)

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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 03:25 PM
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31. SNL's: It's A Wonderful Life Lost Ending w/Dana Carvey
About 3 minutes:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/its-a-wond...

"Well, what are waitin' for? Let's go get 'em!!!!" :-)
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 02:28 AM
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33. My own cast of DU lounge lizards in their "IAWL" roles...
Amerigo Vespucci - George Bailey
CaliforniaPeggy - Mary Hatch
Sid Dithers - Henry F. Potter
Taverner - Uncle Billy Bailey
MiddleFingerMom - Clarence
Dystopian - Ma Bailey
Ptah - Ernie Bishop
NYC_Skp - Bert
applegrove - Violet
the beer & travel money ex-DUer - Mr. Gower
TheDoctor - Sam Wainwright
ohiosmith - Bartender
bluesbassman - Harry Bailey
LynneSin - the Baileys' lovable, sassy maid
Trof - the neighbor sitting on the porch watching George & Mary lasso'ing the moon


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