You Gotta Stay Happy (October 28, 1948)
A pilot gets caught up in all sorts of strange shenanigans on a cross-country flight after he tries to help an unhappy young bride on her wedding night.
Here Mr. Stewart plays a character more similar to his role in It’s a Wonderful World: a guy saddled with an eccentric hanger-on whom he eventually falls for. He spends most of the film being an irascible man who begrudgingly accepts the various fates that befall him. He is not an actor, but a reactor. In his best roles (particularly the more comedic ones) he is much more of an actor who takes more control over his fate. He pursues a particular goal, and although he doesn’t always achieve it, he goes down kicking (like in The Philadelphia Story, Vivacious Lady, or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington). I prefer him in those types of roles. Where he smiles more and has a quiet almost cocky confidence. He’s not as charming when he’s playing Mr. Crabby-Pants.
While I did enjoy this film, it wasn’t my favorite, and that’s partly because it features a Jimmy that is more removed from the Jimmy I fell in love with. 😦
The attempts to get a chimp to smoke a cigar. The fact that it was a major point in a film amuses me greatly. I just hope the chimp was treated respectfully, and he didn’t suffer too many ill effects from smoke inhalation.
The jacket Mr. Stewart wears throughout the film is his own jacket that he wore throughout the war.