It's a wonderful(ly boring) life in Bedford Falls! The argument for Pottersville
In a 2001 piece on Salon (unearthed by the one and only Frances Martel
, formerly of Mediaite), Gary Kamiya puts his weight behind Pottersville, the so-called filthy, dirty slum of George Bailey's alternate universe in It's A Wonderful Life
that was supposed to turn him away from suicide and back to the glorious mundanity of Bedford Falls. As it turns out, Pottersville is probably way more fun
-- and exactly what George had been looking for! Maybe not the Girls Girls Girls
, but the spontaneity? The excitement? The parties? Yes! Go on with your bad self, George Bailey! Violet will be waiting for you! (Thanks, Frances!