It’s a Wonderful Life has played a defining role in the generations that grew up watching its inspirational message. On this episode of hiSTORY, Glenn shares how the director of the most iconic Christmas movie in American history, Frank Capra, went through a dark period of his life and how one dramatic event turned it all around.

Watch the video below for a sneak peak and answers to these questions:

• Why was Capra bed-ridden and feeling like he was close to dying?
• How did a surprise visitor shake Capra from his depression and put him on a path to winning Best Director?
• What role did Hitler play in pushing Capra to fulfill his purpose in life?

Watch the full episode, courtesy of Mercury Radio Arts.