All hail Mary

Mary, Merry Christmas. I’ve written a lot already about Mary Bailey’s immortal (and infamous) 30-second reel librarian character in the nightmarish alternative reality featured in the second half of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). But hey, it’s a classic Christmas favorite — and one of my favorite films of all time.

 Are you planning to watch — or rewatch — It’s a Wonderful Life for Christmas?

Screenshot of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in ...

Mary is certainly a memorable character, whether you’re referring to the supportive soul mate of the first half or the Spinster Librarian of the second half.

Others agree.

Mary Hatch/Bailey made both the Movieline Magazine’s list for 100 Best Female Character Roles (#6) and Filmsite’s Greatest Film Characters of All Time.

Movieline highlights Mary Bailey as “a tribute to a lost breed — women who quietly, unfussily prevail.”

Do you agree?


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