Donna Reed doesn't get enough credit, just in general. She's seen as the stereotypical, impossible-to-live-up-to, 1950s housewife (with good reason, I suppose), but I remember her more from "It's a Wonderful Life" where she is one full-on hot hottie.
Donna Reed is a movie star. She has to be with that movie star face of hers. What else is she going to do with that face? Also: I love how films of this time are lighted. Everyone looks so luminous.
She's the perfect girl-next-door in this film. She's very approachable, but she's also so stunningly beautiful, and she wears great clothes. Look at that dress! I would love to rock that today. But where would I wear it? I need a dance party on top of a swimming pool to attend...
While her dancing dress is nice, she's much more entertaining in the robe post her and Jimmy's surprise dip in the pool. Here, he's telling her he'll lasso the moon for her. (I think Jimmy might be over promising on that one.)
Funny, funny naked-in-the-bushes humor! I love it!
Okay, let's get back to a clothed Donna Reed. There she is with her full skirt and cinched waist looking every bit the lady.
And here she is sporting an eclectic-librarian kind of look, but not really in a good way. Thank goodness Jimmy Stewart is alive! He saved her from a life of very, very high-necked shirts! (This outfit actually speaks to my schoolmarm style, and the more I look at it, the more I like it.)
It's a Wonderful Life is a holiday classic with good reason. We all get down, don't we? I think many of us sell ourselves short and underestimate the impact we have on others. It's kind of weird that a movie that starts with a man seriously considering suicide is a holiday classic, but it also makes sense. The holidays can bring you down with their insistence on cheer (but I don't feel cheerful). This movie acknowledges the darkness of life, and then brings you back into the light. Plus Donna Reed wears pearls! What's not to like?