Yes, it is the height of Capra-corn and Jimmy Stewart and his Jimmy Stewartness. Yes the story is cheesy and Mr. Potter is a cartoon villain. But Capra's direction is great and the cinematography is gorgeous and that ending still makes me cry.
It begins with an ending that you've come to expect from an Agatha Christie movie. An eccentric group of odd balls are assorted in a drawing room while a man rolls out the solution to the murder. It could have been anyone there, you see, as they all had their motives. Its a fun little scene of the sort that you've seen played out a million time if you like this sort of murder mystery. Then the film of this…