We first hear from angels that businessman George is thinking about "throwing away his life." (0:03)
A savings and loan association board member asserts, "It's too soon after Peter Bailey's death to talk about chloroforming the Savings and Loan." (0:30)
We see George starting to jump into the icy river on Christmas eve in despair over the apparent failure of his business, but instead he jumps in to save angel Clarence (or Clarence saves him).
Clarence answers George: "Suicide."
Bridge keeper: "It's against the law to commit suicide around here."
Clarence: "It's against the law where I come from too."
"Ridiculous of you to think of killing yourself for money."
"So you still think killing yourself would make everyone feel happier, right?" (1:39)
Two losses affect the story: George prevents intoxicated Mr. Gower the pharmacist, who has just received a telegram that his son has died, from inadvertently sending poison instead of medicine to a customer. George's father's death prevents him from leaving Bedford Falls.
Bartender Nick says, referring to Mr. Gower, "That rum head spent 20 years in jail..." (1:49)
George's mother tells George, referring to his uncle Billy, "He's been in the insane asylum ever since he lost his business. (1:57)
Cemetery: George sees his brother Harry's grave. (1:58)
A man in the crowd yells, referring to George, "You need a straight jacket." (2:00)
What led Frank Capra to feature Christmas eve suicide plans in at least two films (See Meet John Doe.)?