Seeing it again, after 76 years (yes, this octogenarian writer is 83), the restored film is still unquestionably quite remarkable. Of course, Hilton's fantasy/utopia is framed on the literary theme that a disparate group of travelers thrown together have unusual experiences together and separately. Remember Chaucer, for example? Hilton's novel allows the reader breathing space to visualize at will the characters and settings. Translating the novel into the film medium proved frustrating for Capra and all concerned. --However, today's audiences should not quickly dismiss it as old-fashioned schlock. In spite of what might be considered heavy-handed and obvious bits of dialogue, the quest for a civilized, peaceful existence is movingly presented. Surely it remains one of the best products of Hollywood and thanks to Capra it went on to be of interest globally. The struggle was definitely worth it.