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Bedford Falls today. What the ideal American town in "It's a Wonderful Life" looks like now.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:04 AM
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by Edward Lifson ( last modified Dec 30, 2011



"Bedford Falls" in It's a Wonderful Life was filmed on the old RKO backlot, sold for suburban development in 1954. In 1955 Encino Village went up, as shown. 

And just a few blocks away, on Ventura Boulevard, the self-proclaimed "Miracle Mile" of the Valley. 

Why, it's as if George Bailey had never been born after all. Where is Clarence to help us now, in this "City of Angels"? Is it true that every time you hear a car honk, an angel is getting his wings?
Jimmy Stewart Frank Capra Encino Los Angeles California 
And here's what it all looked like, before post-World War II development-

The RKO Encino Ranch in 1941 
courtesy Bison Archives




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