Having watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” for some 30 years, Clarence Angel Second Class has become one of my favorite characters. I have learned something new about Clarence every time I have watched “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
About Clarence Angel Second Class
I found the following three things about Clarence Angel Second Class rather humorous. There are many other things about Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life” that are just as funny.
IQ of a Rabbit
During the conversation at the start of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” it was stated Clarence had the IQ of a rabbit. I’m not sure what the IQ of a rabbit is, but it almost sounded like they called him dumb or a simpleton.
However, after reading Check Your Rabbit IQ: Is a Bunny in Your Future? written by Linda Cook, I believe I am wrong and so were Joseph and the other angel he was talking to.
How Linda describes rabbits on the first page of her article sums up Clarence to a T. Well, almost. It’s that I have never seen Clarence eat. I don’t know if he’s a vegetarian or not. Nor do I know if he’s a chewer; unless I take into account how he chews up the information presented to him about George Bailey.
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”
Clarence Angel Second Class loves the book Tom Sawyer. I have read Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” several times. I can see how Clarence would like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
Clarence Angel Second Class kind of reminds me of Tom Sawyer. The antics Clarence tries with George to make him understand why his life isn’t in the crapper is slightly reminiscent of Tom Sawyer.
One prime example is when Clarence gets the sheepish grin on his face and jumps in the river thrashing around as if he were pranking his pals like Tom would. I never heard if Clarence could swim or not, but I would think an angel could.
Angel Second Class
That’s right Clarence is a wingless angel. He has to explain it seems a thousand times to anyone, including George, why he doesn’t have his wings. at one point Clarence is explaining why he is an angel second class to George in the toll booth at the bridge with the booth keeper listening.
Clarence has been trying to earn his wings for over 200 years. Of course neither men believe Clarence Angel Second Class.
Fun Facts About Clarence Angel Second Class
If the things I already knew about Clarence Angel Second Class wasn’t funny enough, there are a few more things even better.
Clock Maker – Even one of the heavenly voices didn’t recognize Clarence by his name. Clarence was a clock maker before his death.
Died in his Underwear – I suppose when I die it is best to have my underwear on because I may never know who will see me at that time. Clarence even apologizes for not having more fashionable underwear. Does it really matter since he’s been dead for over 200 years?
Oddbody – Clarence does seem like an odd body to have as an angel, but that’s not the reason for this fun fact. Oddbody is Clarence’s last name. I don’t remember hearing that until last night when I watched “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
A Biter – Clarence seems to be bit of a biter when it comes to getting in a scuffle with Bert. I never knew angels bite until I saw Clarence bite while trying to help George get away from Bert.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”; Wikipedia.org
Quotes from “It’s a Wonderful Life”; Wikiquote.org