“It’s A Wonderful Life” from Lux Radio Theater aired March 10, 1947, on CBS starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed with John McIntire. Tired of his life on Earth, a man finds out what it’s like never to have been born.
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When It’s a Wonderful Life was first released in 1947, it was not considered a Christmas film. In fact, it went into general circulation two weeks after Christmas on January 7th. Likewise, its radio broadcasts were not limited to the Christmas season. The first radio broadcast of the story came on Lux Radio Theater, just two months after the film’s release, on March 10, 1947. And, like the film, Donna Reed co-starred with Stewart as Mary Hatch. The role of Clarence Oddbody, Angel Second Class, is taken on by Victor Moore.
The newspaper ads and previews for the program were plentiful and many carried photos of the stars. The first story is from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA: