The Films of Jimmy Stewart

The Jackpot (November 1, 1950) Synopsis A suburban husband and father wins a truckload of prizes in a radio contest but he can’t afford to pay taxes on his winnings. Thoughts There’s some quality that sets these post-war movies apart from pre-war movies that I can’t quite articulate. Specifically in regard to the gender politics, […]

The Films of Jimmy Stewart

The Glenn Miller Story (February 1954) Synopsis A biopic of beloved big band leader Glenn Miller, from his days pawning his trombone in between gigs up through his tragic fate while serving with the United States Army during the second world war. Thoughts One of my roommates is a professional trombone player who regularly plays […]

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 Films of Jimmy Stewart

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 […]