Monday, June 4, 2012

At the Movies with Jimmy Stewart

Bring out the popcorn and gather around; it's time for a Jimmy Stewart fix. What would you like to see -- suspense? humor? romance? western? politics? You've come to the right place! The Jimmy Stewart movie marathon could last you through several dozen bags of popcorn. We'll turn down the lights, now, and no more talking please. The show is about to begin!

Rose-Marie finds Jimmy Stewart cast as the scoundrel younger brother who is mentioned throughout the movie but seen very little. One of his first movies, it is among the handful of films that casts Stewart as a villain. He has escaped from prison and his sister, Rose-Marie (played by Jeanette McDonald) is searching to find him in the Canadian woods. Not only does she find her brother, McDonald also meets Nelson Eddy, with whom she sings the beautiful Indian Love Call.

Sometimes Jimmy Stewart gets himself involved in a relationship that just seems impossible. In You Can't Take it With You, he's the son of a banker, in love with a young woman with a free spirit and a quirky family. Made for Each Other finds him married, having fallen hopelessly in love just the day before and gotten married on the spot, only to have the marriage tried in the fire of better or worse, richer or poorer of the first year. And in The Shop Around the Corner, he's in love with a mail box number and can hardly believe that she's really the pushy girl at work.

How's the popcorn holding out?  Can you stand some suspense? Rear Window and Vertigo, among others, will have your heart racing, thanks to Alfred Hitchcock's directing.

Jimmy Stewart stands for justice in Mr Smith Goes to Washington, uncovers truth in the Old West  in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and plays a mysterious clown who never removes his makeup in The Greatest Show on Earth.

A shy kid who chose not to follow in the footsteps of his grocer father; a graduate of Princeton who starred in dozens of movies and became one of America's favorite actors; a man whose life spanned the 20th century (1908-1997); this is Jimmy Stewart. We end this film marathon with a moving tribute -- James Stewart: The Ordinary Hero.

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