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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
| THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
| MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
my dad's favorite.
In his early years, Jimmy Stewart came to personify the Everyman. His
stuttered speech, long legs and clumsy hands seemed to give his characters a
familiar quality with which most Americans could easily identify. But he
was never bumbling or blundering, and as he matured he began to take on more
intense roles. His later characters tended to be consumed rather than
bewildered by their passions. Nonetheless, he continued to radiate the
wholesomeness of the boy-next-door and it is for this that he is best
"Hollywood dishes out too much praise for small things,''
Jimmy once said. "I won't let it get me, but too much praise can turn
a fellow's head if he doesn't watch his step.''
Did you know that Jimmy Stewart made a musical? Yep. Back
in the days when MGM was still
trying to figure out what to do with him. Here's a poster from BORN TO DANCE
(1936) with Eleanor Powell.
- "I never met a dame yet that wasn't a nit-wit and a lump head." --as
Guy Johnson in IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD (1939).
- "They're tame apples. You don't have to shoot them." --as Guy
Johnson in IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD (1939).
- "Now listen, stupid. I've committed a few crimes here and there,
but I'm no criminal." --as Guy Johnson in IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD (1939).
- "Lady, you're full of prunes." --as Guy Johnson in IT'S A WONDERFUL
- "You see, if I had carried a gun, one of us might have got
hurt - and it might have been me." --as Destry in DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
- "I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you that I don't
walk like a duck and I'm not bow-legged." --as Alfred Kralik in THE
SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940).
know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things
to find the inner truth." --as Alfred Kralik in THE SHOP AROUND
THE CORNER (1940) (a 58KB .WAV file).
- "You certainly pick up American customs quickly. I don't know . . .
We meet one night and you say, 'How do you do? My names is Jones. Will
you marry me?' So we get married. And then you say, 'How do you do? My
name is Smith. Will you give me a divorce?'" --as William Smith in COME
LIVE WITH ME (1941).
- "Now you listen to me. Now it's perfectly all right for a couple
of strangers to get married, but they've got to know each other before they
get a divorce." --as William Smith in COME LIVE WITH ME (1941).
- "I always thought that was sort of smart . . . for a firefly." --as
William Smith in COME LIVE WITH ME (1941).
- "You look nice. Will you marry me?" --as P.J McNeal in
CALL NORTHSIDE 777 (1948).
With Cary Grant and Katharine
Hepburn in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
(1940). Jimmy played Macaulay Connor, a writer and (to earn a living) newspaper
reporter who is sent to cover a high society marriage. He won his first
and only Best Actor Oscar for this role. Overall, Jimmy was nominated five
times for the honor.
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