Jimmy Stewart: A Life in Film

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Whether portraying the young idealist fighting corruption in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the honest, struggling humanitarian in It's a Wonderful Life, or the patriarchal Virginia farmer in Shenandoah, Jimmy Stewart has embodied the virtues of the all-American hero and won the hearts of men and women alike. For over fifty years, Stewart's considerable range and subtlety have made him one of the most visible and beloved actors in Hollywood.
Drawing on the recollections of those who knew and worked with him, as well as personal observations from the actor himself, this revealing biography depicts the life and films of Jimmy Stewart during the most colorful, dramatic, and explosive years in Hollywood. Using Stewart's films as a backdrop, Pickard sketches the changes in the filmmaking industry from 1935 to the present day.
In this wonderfully lively and moving biography, Roy Pickard draws an intimate portrait of one of Hollywood's great actor-personalities, whose legendary life in film has been a part of American life for more than half a century.

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Stewart is a much-loved star from the glory days of Hollywood. That no one has a bad word to say about him is evident in this laudatory biography by English journalist Pickard, who concentrates on Stewart's films for lack of personal dirt on the actor. In the 1930s, Stewart hit the big time with Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You , followed by Mr. Smith Goes to Washington . His career was interrupted by active service as a flyer in World War II. Strangely enough, Capra's film It's a Wonderful Life , which Stewart hoped would be his postwar comeback vehicle, was not a box office success in 1946. Nonetheless, his career endured, mostly through a series of Westerns and Hitchcock suspense films. Pickard uses material from two interviews with Stewart in 1975 and 1980. This competent biography of a thoroughly nice guy is recommended for popular film collections.
- Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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