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For those unfamiliar, It's a Wonderful Life was adapted from "The Greatest Gift", both involving a man named George, suicidally despondent and about to jump off of a bridge to cash in on his life insurance policy, (in the film, rescuing an angel named Clarence who falls in the river by jumping in to save him), and granted a vision of what the world would be like without him to make him appreciate his own life.

I have this vague memory of reading that the original story had them, after the vision, drowning, as neither knew how to swim, but of course, when I looked up "The Greatest Gift", that's not the plotline at all, not involving a drowning angel at all. Was there any earlier adaptation of the story that had a bit more of a downer ending?

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    Mandela effect?? Dec 25, 2019 at 21:35
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    @seamusthedog: Probably. :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Dec 25, 2019 at 21:44

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