The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” as told in the police log of The Bedford Falls Sentinel:
May 20, 1928
1:37 p.m. Police were called to the 600 block of Main Street, where a
caller said a pedestrian was causing traffic to back up. Violet Bick,
21, was cited for causing a public disturbance.
11:28 p.m. A caller reported a male and female singing loudly and
throwing rocks at the windows of an abandoned building in the 300 block
of Sycamore Street. When police arrived, they found only a female, naked
and hiding in some hydrangea bushes. Mary Hatch, 18, was arrested and
charged with indecent exposure.
June 1, 1932
9:16 p.m. A caller reported an intoxicated man creating a loud
disturbance on New England Street. Officers investigated and found
William Bailey, 60, passed out next to some garbage cans. Bailey was
arrested and charged with public drunkenness.
10:01 p.m. A caller reported a large crowd gathered in the 200 block of
Genesee Street. Violet Bick, 25, was cited for causing a public
October 25, 1932
11:25 a.m. Police responded to a report of an unruly mob gathering at
the bank. The mob was dispersed with tear gas. No arrests were made.
8:37 p.m. A caller reported trespassers in the Old Granville House, 320
Sycamore Street. Police arrived to find a newly married couple, George
and Mary Bailey, had taken up residence in the building, which had been
condemned in 1925. The couple were cited for trespassing and warned to
vacate the premises immediately.
December 24, 1945
5:12 p.m. A woman in the 300 block of Sycamore Street called police and
reported that her husband was being verbally abusive to her and her
6:02 p.m. Henry F. Potter, President of
the Bank, swore out a warrant for the arrest of George Bailey on
charges of misappropriation of funds, manipulation and malfeasance in
connection with $8000 in missing funds from the Bailey Bros. Building
7:15 p.m. Nick, the bartender at
Martini’s Bar, called police to report a fight. An arrest warrant was
issued for Mr. Welch on charges of assault and battery.
7:23 p.m. A caller reported that an intoxicated man had crashed his car
into a tree which his grandfather had planted, on Bridge Street, and
then fled on foot in the direction of the toll bridge.
7:29 p.m. A woman in the 300 block of Sycamore Street called police and reported that her husband was missing.
7:45 p.m. A caller reported seeing two men jump into the canal from the toll bridge.
9:02 p.m. Police were called to a disturbance at the Dreamland Dance
Club. Violet Bick, 38, was arrested and charged with soliciting.
9:21 p.m. A cab driver, Ernie Bishop, reported that a man “who was
bats” and claimed he had gotten some bad liquor had run off without
paying his fare in the 300 block of Sycamore Street. Bert the Cop
responded and followed the man into an abandoned building. An
altercation ensued, during which a second suspect, who claimed he was
“an angel, second class,” bit the officer on the wrist. The two suspects
escaped on foot.
9:39 p.m. A caller reported
that a “loony” had come to her residence on New England Street and
claimed that she was his mother. The woman told the man to leave.
9:50 p.m. A caller reported that a disturbed man, possibly intoxicated,
had accosted an old maid outside the public library. The man had
claimed that the old maid was his wife, then chased her down Genesee
Street and into a nearby establishment, where she fainted. Bert the Cop
responded and attempted to apprehend the suspect, but the man punched
the officer and fled on foot. The officer then fired several shots
across the crowded street at the fleeing suspect, wounding two
bystanders before pursuing the suspect in his squad car.
10:20 p.m. Several business owners reported a man running down Main
Street cheering and yelling, “Merry Christmas” at various buildings.
10:22 p.m. Henry F. Potter reported seeing fugitive George Bailey
running past his office at the bank. He said that Bailey yelled “Merry
Christmas” to him before running off in the direction of Sycamore