Blast from the Past: Mr. Potter was a hero


Yep, the villainous bankster portrayed by the inimitable Lionel Barrymore in It’s a Wonderful Life was really a hero. Or so says a report [PDF] by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of its investigation of communism in the film industry:

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Here’s the film’s famous confrontation between Barrymore’s Potter and Jimmy Stewart’s George Baily:

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