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There is not much I can add to what has been said of this film, but suffice it to say that its class status is well earned. To me it is the darkness of the film we tend to forget. While the heartwarming ending is doubtless what we want to keep in our minds and what keeps us coming back year after year, what fascinates me most is the ways in which it anticipates the collapse of the New Deal state. Mr. Potter is thwarted throughout the course of the film, but historically we know that he and his ilk eventually won.