A wonderful science angle (or is that ‘Angel?’) to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

1946 classic Christmas film based on 1943 story ‘The Greatest Gift’ by Philip Van Doren Stern

There is a way cool science angle to the movie that nobody knows about. Near the beginning, remember the scene where the angels in heaven choose the angel named Clarence to head to Earth to save George Bailey? If he completes his mission, Clarence finally gets his wings. Well, there’s an ultra-cool science angle to that scene.

DETROIT – As you probably know, an annual NBC tradition is airing “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve -- and this year, more than any other year, we need that movie.

There is a way cool science angle to the movie that nobody knows about: Near the beginning, remember the scene where the angels in heaven choose an angel named Clarence to head to Earth to save George Bailey? If he completes his mission, Clarence finally gets his wings. Well, there’s an ultra-cool science angle to that scene.

Check out my explanation in the short video above -- it’ll make your Christmas even more special!

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About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.