From a brave correspondent who'll remain nameless:
"When Jimmy Stewart [in It's a Wonderful Life] says 'Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings,' he may be referring to passage from one state to another in Buddhism with Buddhist bells. (Source of Buddhist Bells is Lee Ho-jeong on web site about Buddhism and Bells.) The reference may be a message of respect for the persons who died in South Asia and the South Pacific during the war.
"Frank Capra has Sam Wainwright, involved in rubber, give Jimmy Stewart a lot of money. Frank Capra specifically discusses Jimmy saving the life of his brother who rescued a ship from attack by a kamikaze.
"There is a possibility the discussion of bells is misperceived as a simple comment about a bell on a Christmas tree, when it has a double meaning about the passage of those in Asia from the war.
"While Jimmy might be the richest man in town, he derived his wealth from a war involving others who place importance in bells and getting wings. That tear jerking comment may be more tear jerking to some with
that interpretation in mind."