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In the movie 'Its a Wonderful Life', why was the Bailey Building and Loan doing business with Henry Potter's bank?

Asked by Yellowdog (8570points) 5 days ago

George Bailey’s slightly inept uncle let the eight thousand dollars get misplaced in a newspaper to show Mr. Potter, when he went to deposit the money in—Potter’s bank?

If Mr. Potter wanted to shut down the Building and Loan for over 20 years, why didn’t he just refuse to do business with them? Wouldn’t that be a conflict of interest? And why was Henry Potter on the board of the Building and Loan? Early in the movie, he was an antagonist against Mr. Bailey’s father while on the board, and made a motion to shut down the Building and Loan down once Mr. Bailey (George Bailey’s father) died.

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Mr.Potter, as a member of the Board of Commerce, was always obstructing Bailey’s from growth and financing, so as a strategy, Bailey’s put him on the Board Of Directors, thinking he would ease from his dissent. He didn’t.
The Bailey’s financed through the local bank, and during the financial crisis, Potter was able to take over the bank, including the Bailey’s loan account.
It’s all there, but you have to be attentive to see the details.

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