James Stewart

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  • The first movie that always comes to my mind when I think of Jimmy Stewart is the Philadelphia Story, the perfect romantic comedy. Today's romcoms are vulgar dreck.

  • Is it true though heard that there is an airport which mamed James Stewart in the United States as well as John Wayne airport?

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  • Is it true though heard that there is an airport which mamed James Stewart in the United States as well as John Wayne airport?

    Well.i searched by myself.

    [SIZE=+1]Stewart was the first Hollywood star to enlist in the military for World War II, joining nearly a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was initially refused entry into the U.S. Air Force because he weighed five pounds less than the 148-pound minimum requirement, but Stewart convinced the recruiting officer to ignore the weight requirement. Stewart's war record included 25 combat missions in Europe as a command pilot. He rose to the rank of colonel -- the highest-ranking actor in military history -- and earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Croix de Guerre and seven battle stars. In 1959, while serving in the Air Force Reserves, he became a brigadier general, and the Indiana County Airport in his hometown was re-named the Jimmy Stewart Airport. He retired from the Reserves in 1968. [/SIZE]

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  • Is Jimmy's Oscar still on display in his home town or has it been relocated?

    This is a photograph where the inside in the James Stewart museum was copied. this museum is in his hometown Indiana,PA.
    Isn't a golden color image that is here Oscar?


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  • Taka, I think you are quite right! On the shelf to the right of the blue flag, it sure looks like an Oscar to me.

    Chester :newyear:

    Thanks Jim,I also think that the possibility of this statue is Oscar is high.
    That photo,i picked up from the official homepage of James Stewart Meuseum. http://www.jimmy.org/files/28.jpg
    However, there is no caption, no taking a picture data(when taken).
    There is a possibility that is the replica too.
    So, against DukePilgrim's question,i can't give an adequate answer.
    By the way, Where is Duke's Oscar now?


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  • wow! i havent been on here in a while, since i was still on crutches and im glad to see that everyone has made more posts here! i just got done watchin about 4 jimmy movies they were rear window, shop around the corner, bend in the river, and the far country.

  • One of the absolute greats, no doubt. A couple of my favorite Stewart films are Two Road Together, and Bandelero!. Both films have a strong connection to Duke. The first being directed By Ford and co-starring Duke's favorite(LOL) co-star Richard Widmark. The 2nd co-starring Duke's other bud, Dean Martin. Both films were filmed at Alamo Village, where esspecially in Bandelero! you can spot the Alamo facade a number of times in the backround of scenes.

  • thanks for putting all that information on. i ve just started watching james stewart films and am really enjoying them. So far i ve watched man from laramie, two road together, the rare breed and winchester 73. my favourite of them so far is winchester 73 although i ve enjoyed them all

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  • a legend in his own right,could play any role, and thats a making of a great actor.his film's will always be remembered.my favourite actor after john wayne.

  • The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pennsylvania, is in financial trouble. :(

    Donation information at: http://www.jimmy.org/donate


    Jimmy Stewart Museum needs a George Bailey miracle

    'We need a cash influx to help us get through this challenging time,' museum director says

    By Chris Rodell
    msnbc.com contributor

    The Jimmy Stewart Museum needs a George Bailey moment.

    It needs a community of good-hearted people who revere all that’s good about Hollywood to dance in with baskets of cash to save it from a dreary Pottersville of a future with shuttered windows and sidewalks of scowling strangers.

    It needs a Sam Wainwright to wire it a line of credit to ensure future generations of Americans won’t forget about a Yankee Doodle Dandy whose charm and patriotism still resonate.

    Hee! Haw!

    “It’s touch and go right now,” says museum executive director Timothy Harley. “We need a cash influx to help us get through this challenging time.”

    Similar hardships have closed the doors at museums dedicated to other icons whose once-gleaming luminescence has begun to fade with age.

    The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, dedicated to the flamboyant ivory tickler, closed its doors in October after 31 years. And a museum dedicated to Roy
    Rogers and Dale Evans rode off into the sunset at the end of 2009.

    Harley says attendance at the Jimmy Stewart Museum has steadily declined in the past three years in concert with the struggling economy and as Stewart's contemporaries withdraw from bus tour participation.

    “We used to see 10 to 15 charter bookings per month in September and October,” Harley says. “This year, we did not have five between both months combined. Attendance in 2009 was 6,500 and this year it's down to about 5,000. Plus, our state funding has dropped from $5,500 per year to $1,400.”

    Harley is the museum's only full-time employee.

    Penny Perman of the Indiana County Tourism Bureau says the namesake museum adds about $407,000 in tourist dollars to the local economy.

    Safe to Cross
    More than money, it stamps the region with engaging personality.

    “Jimmy Stewart is the voice people hear at our major crosswalks,” she says. “Rich Little recorded impersonations of Jimmy telling people it's OK when to cross. He's a definite draw for us from around the world. More than 12 years after his death and people are still enthralled with him.”

    Both Perman and Harley remain optimistic aging baby boomers will soon begin strolling the halls to admire a man well-known for his role as George Bailey in the perennial holiday classic, “It's a Wonderful Life.”

    “This museum’s not just about Jimmy Stewart — it’s about America,” says museum host Pat Ward. “His life takes us through the life of The Greatest Generation.”

    Onscreen, Stewart portrayed a series of indelible American characters from George Bailey to Elwood P. Dowd in “Harvey” to a young idealist named Mr. Jefferson Smith who went to Washington and changed a cynical political culture (well, for a while, at least).

    Offscreen, Stewart was a real-life Boy Scout, a war hero, a father and a consummate gentleman.

    The five-time best actor nominee was born in Indiana, Pa., on May 20, 1908. His father owned the local hardware store in a building that today is across the street from the museum honoring his son. The hardware store was a local curiosity because it was where Stewart displayed the 1940 best actor Oscar he won for “The Philadelphia Story.” Customers admired it there next to the cash register when they paid for things like hammers and plumbing supplies.

    A Boy Scout whose memory is still honored by The Boy Scout Jimmy Stewart Good Citizen Award, he graduated from Princeton University in 1932 and was soon commiserating about the difficulties of Broadway auditions with his tenement roommate, another eventual icon, Henry Fonda.

    Serving his country
    The success of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) and “The Philadelphia Story” (1940) made him a star and brought with it all the perks of fame — including an opportunity to duck duty in World War II.

    Not Stewart, an avid aviator who’d earned his pilot’s license in 1935.

    “The studio told him he didn’t have to go to war and they were against him going,” Harley says. “Like a lot of stars, they wanted him to stay home safe and sell war bonds. But that wasn’t his way. It made front-page news all over the country when he traded his $200,000 a year life in Beverly Hills for $21 a month to serve overseas as a private in the Army Air Corps.”

    True to his word and displaying a puckish sense of humor, he still dutifully forked over a percentage of the monthly stipend to his agent back in Hollywood.

    George Bailey was a chagrined 4-F, ineligible for service, but Jimmy Stewart the bomber pilot was more like four stars. He flew 20 combat missions, was awarded six battle stars and in 1945 returned home a full colonel.

    He refused his military pension and donated it all back to the government. He remained active in the Air Force Reserve and retired in 1968 as a Brigadier General and earning the Distinguished Service Medal.

  • Having been to the Jimmy Stewart Museum this last October for the Harvey award. I can personally say this is a very nice museum, small but respectable.
    This is what Mr. Stewart wanted. It is located on the second floor on the town library. On Philadelphia St. I asked and no the street name came first.
    The major problem is Indiana Pa. is not near any major highway.You really have to out of the way to get there.
    Also I do not know of any other attraction in the area.
    PS. One of my favorite Stewart films is Anatomy of a Murder. Great court room drama.

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  • Today, would be the 104th Birthday of the great James Stewart. Born in 1908, he would be regarded one of the greatest stars on screen. Sure miss the giants of the silver screen. Happy Birthday, Mr. Stewart.

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