Wonderful Life’s ‘young’ George Bailey actor dies
Posted by comartslibrarian on June 8, 2008
…he was best known for his role as the young Bailey in Frank Capra’s 1946 “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the same character portrayed in adulthood by James Stewart. In one scene, the story called for him to spot a potentially fatal error made by a drunken druggist, played by H.B. Warner.
Warner took the role seriously and on the day of shooting had been drinking and was “pretty ripe,” Victoria Anderson said. The scene called for Warner’s character to slap the boy.
Anderson told the Los Angeles Times in 1996 that the scene and its rehearsals were painful.
“He actually bloodied my ear,” Anderson told the paper. “My ear was beat up and my face was red, and I was in tears.”
“At the end when it was all over, he (Warner) was very lovable. He grabbed me and hugged me, and he meant it,” Anderson said.