It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Poster

Beulah Bondi: Mrs. Bailey



  • [first lines] 

    Mr. Emil Gower : [voice-over]  I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father.

    Giuseppe Martini : [voice-over]  Joseph, Jesus and Mary. Help my friend, Mr. Bailey.

    Ma Bailey : [voice-over]  Help my son, George, tonight.

    Bert : [voice-over]  He never thinks about himself, God, that's why he's in trouble.

    Ernie Bishop : [voice-over]  George is a good guy. Give him a break, God.

    Mary : [voice-over]  I love him, dear Lord. Watch over him tonight.

    Janie Bailey : [voice-over]  Please, God, something's the matter with Daddy.

    Zuzu Bailey : [voice-over]  Please bring Daddy back.

  • Ma Bailey : [speaking of Mary Hatch]  Why, she lights up like a firefly whenever you are around. Besides, Sam Wainright is off in New York, and you're here in Bedford Falls...

    George Bailey : And all's fair in love and war, right?

    Ma Bailey : [fixing his collar]  Well, I don't know about war...

  • Ernie Bishop : Just a minute! Quiet everybody! Quiet, quiet. Now get this, it's from London.

    Ma Bailey : Oh!

    Ernie Bishop : [Reading the telegram in his hand]  Mr. Gower cabled you need cash, stop. My office instructed to advance you up to twenty-five thousand dollars, stop. Hee Haw and Merry Christmas! Sam Wainwright.

  • Ma Bailey : First Harry, now George. Annie, we're just two old maids now.

    Annie : You speak for yourself, Miss B.

  • Ma Bailey : [kisses George]  That's for nothing.

  • Ma Bailey : Looks like she

    [Ruth Dakin] 

    Ma Bailey : can keep Harry on his toes.

    George Bailey : Keep him out of Bedford Falls anyway.

  • [in the alternate 'Pottersville' universe, George knocks on the front door of his former house which is now a run-down boarding house. His terribly-aged, unhappy mother opens the door] 

    Ma Bailey : [hostile tone]  What? What! Who are you? Wadda want?

    George Bailey : Mother?

    Ma Bailey : Mother? I'm Ma Bailey! If you want a room... we're all full up. Get out of here!

    George Bailey : Mother, don't you remember me? I'm your son, George.

    Ma Bailey : George who? I've never had a son, named George! Get out of here before I call the police!

    George Bailey : No... please Ma... I mean, Mrs. Bailey. Can't you let me come inside? It's cold out here and it's Christmas Eve. I'm in trouble and I'm going through something awful now. Can't you let me in for just a few minutes, for a cup of coffee or tea? It's just until I get over it.

    Ma Bailey : Get over what? I don't let strangers into my house, not unless they're sent by someone I know.

    George Bailey : But I know everyone you know! Like... your brother-in-law, Uncle Billy.

    Ma Bailey : [suspicious]  You know him?

    George Bailey : Of course I do.

    Ma Bailey : When'd you see him last?

    George Bailey : Today, over at his house.

    Ma Bailey : That's a lie! He's been locked up in an insane asylum upstate every since he lost his business! And if you ask me, that's where you belong too!

    [Ma Bailey slams the door in George's face as he looks on with shock] 

See also

Release Dates | Official Sites | Company Credits | Filming & Production | Technical Specs

Recently Viewed