- Jan 12, 2001
I think you meant "The Greatest Gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern.In the case of "It's A Wonderful Life", the source material. a short story, "The Best Gift" was is still protected by copyright. The last part of the movie, a man about to commit suicide gets to see what life would be like if he were not born, was the short story. The first 3/4 of the movie were created for the movie.