The Big Apple (dance) From my memory there are three movies in Mr. Stewart’s early years that reference the Big Apple dance, unfortunately I can only recall the two that featured it prominently. The Big Apple lasted a little longer than Handies in the national (and international) consciousness, but didn’t stick around too long itself. […]
Jimmie the Raven Jimmie the Raven is an actual, real life bird (there’s some debate as to whether he is a crow or a raven–he’s been credited as both), that according to reports appeared in over 1,000 films from the 1930s through the 1950s including The Wizard of Oz. Frank Capra cast him in You […]
Handies It sounds more inappropriate than it is. Or it sounds inappropriate for different reasons than it is…? It was a craze that swept the nation circa 1936. It didn’t seem to have lasted very long, but it involved making hand gestures and having others guess what the gestures meant and then responding with their […]
The Love of the Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 1941 Synopsis Hollywood producer Marvin Stahr has an affair with a new-to-California British woman while dealing with the drama of managing the most successful film studio in America. Thoughts This book is incomplete and, as such, I find it difficult to rate. I don’t know how […]
Found in an old issue of Life magazine, in an article titled, “Life goes to a party with seven stars in Houston, Texas.” (August 5, 1940) The seven stars were Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, and Olivia de Havilland. My favorite picture caption: “Henry Fonda, exhibiting deadpan technique, does tricks […]
The Spirit of St. Louis (April 20, 1957) Synopsis Unknown aviator Charles Lindbergh completes the first successful flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Thoughts Lindbergh took off from New York on May 20, 1927, James Stewart’s 19th birthday and the story goes that Jimmy built a model of the Spirit of St. Louis and hung it […]
Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda hanging out on the set of The Gorgeous Hussy in 1936.