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As we sled feet-first (or head-first for some of us) into the Christmas season–and therefore into the Christmas movie season–this is a must-read article from the Chicago Tribune about Jimmy Stewart’s post-war service PTSD (i.e. shell shock, trauma from battle) that will give you a new perspective on the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life”:

How Jimmy Stewart’s war service affected ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’