The Films of Jimmy Stewart

It’s a Wonderful Life (December 1946) In late 1945, Colonel James M. Stewart returned to Los Angeles. He hadn’t made a movie in five years. The one he chose to reintroduce himself to audiences was It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by his old colleague Frank Capra. Both men had spent the last few years immersed in […]

Old-Timey Radio

“Victory Theater: The Philadelphia Story” (July 20, 1942) After the success of the film version of The Philadelphia Story, there were two different radio productions of the movie featuring the three leads. The first one, for Victory Radio Theater, also featured Ruth Hussey and Virginia Weidler reprising their roles. Both adaptations are interesting enough, particularly as […]

Old-Timey Radio

Plays for Americans: “Letter at Midnight” (March 15, 1942) Throughout the war, radio networks dedicated some of their time and production facilities to the government to air programming in support of the war effort. (More about that below in regards to the CBS’s Victory Theater production of “The Philadelphia Story.”) NBC, doing their part, aired […]