Quotes from
It's a Wonderful Life

The original quote, with slang   What does it mean?

George: You see, you make a wish and then try and break some glass. And you got to be a pretty good shot nowadays, too.
Mary:
Oh, no, George, don't. It's full of romance, that old place. I'd like to live in it.
George:
In that place?!
Mary:
Uh-huh.
George:
I wouldn't live in it as a ghost. Now watch. There's a window right on the second floor there, see?
Mary: What did you wish, George?
George:
Well, not just one wish. A whole hatful. Mary, I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow and the next day and the next year and the year after that. I'm shaking the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon...the Coliseum. Then I'm coming back here and go to college and see what they know and then I'm going to build things. I'm gonna build air fields. I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high. I'm gonna build bridges a mile long. Well, are you gonna throw a rock? Hey, that's pretty good. What'd you wish, Mary?

George: Here's how it works: you make a wish and then try to break some glass*. And you have to have good aim nowadays, too**.
Mary:
Oh, no, George, don't. That old place is full of romance. I'd like to live in it.
George:
Really? In that place?!
Mary:
Yes.
George:
I wouldn't live in it as a ghost. Now watch. There's a window right on the second floor there, see?
Mary:
What did you wish, George?
George:
Well, not just one wish. A lot of wishes. Mary, I know what I'm going to do tomorrow and the next day and the next year and the year after that. I'm going to leave this little town far behind and I'm going to see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon...the Coliseum. Then I'm coming back here and I'll go to college and see what they know and then I'm going to build things. I'm going to build air fields. I'm going to build skyscrapers a hundred stories high. I'm going to build bridges a mile long. Well, are you going to throw a rock? (She breaks a window) Hey, that's impressive. What did you wish, Mary?

*in the window of an abandoned house.
**because so many of the windows had already been broken.

George: Well, here's your hat, what's your hurry?All right, Mother, old Building and Loan pal, I think I'll go out and find the girl and do a little passionate necking.

George: I understand you really want me to leave now. All right, Mother, old friend from the Building and Loan*, I think I'll go out and find the girl and kiss and touch her passionately.

*the family business, which allowed people to set up savings accounts and loaned them money so they could build homes.

George: Where are we going? Look at this. There's the kitty, Ernie. Here, come on, count it, Mary.
Mary: I feel like a bootlegger's wife. Look!
George:
You know what we're going to do? We're going to shoot the works. A whole week in New York. A whole week in Bermuda. The highest hotels, the oldest champagne, the richest caviar, the hottest music, and the prettiest wife!
Ernie:Wow! That does it! Then what?
George: Then what, honey?
Mary: After that, who cares?

George: Where are we going? Look at this. Here's all the money we've got, Ernie. Here, come on, count it, Mary.
Mary: Seeing all that cash makes me feel like I'm married to a man who sells illegal liquor. Look! George: You know what we're going to do? We're going spend all this money at once. A whole week in New York. A whole week in Bermuda. The highest hotels, the oldest champagne, the richest caviar, the most exciting music, and the prettiest wife!
Ernie: Amazing! I'm impressed! Then what will you do?
George: Then what, dear?
Mary: After that, who cares?

Nick: Hey look, mister - we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any characters around to give the joint "atmosphere". Is that clear, or do I have to slip you my left for a convincer?

Nick: Understand this, sir - we serve strong alcoholic drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don't need any strange people around to make the place seem special. Do you understand, or do I have to hit you hard with my left hand to convince you?