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Jimmy Stewart

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Jimmy's films with director Frank Capra:

A poster from MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939), directed by Frank Capra and also starring Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, and Thomas Mitchell. This movie is one of my all-time favorites and in my opinion, one of Jimmy's best. His portrayal of Jefferson Smith is classic Stewart, and it earned him a Best Actor nomination. Some even say that the Best Actor Oscar he won the following year for his role in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY was the Academy's way of changing its mind about having passed Jimmy over for the 1939 award in favor of Robert Donat's performance in GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS. Intrigue . . .

A poster and still from YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU with Jean Arthur. This film won the Best Picture Oscar for 1938 and was nominated for six others. Also featuring Edward Arnold and Lionel Barrymore this farcical romance across social lines proves that, in the end, love conquers all.

See the "Screaming at the Dinner Table" scene from YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (a .MOV file). (For help viewing this file, visit the plug-ins page.)

Jimmy as George Bailey and a poster from , IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946). He received his third Best Actor nomination for this holiday classic which also starred Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers and Gloria Grahame.

More Memorable Quotations:

  • "Well, I wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it." --as Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY.
  • "My mother used to say to me, 'Elwood' -- she always called me Elwood -- 'Elwood, in this world you must be oh-so clever, or oh-so pleasant.' For years I was clever. I'd recommend pleasant -- and you may quote me." --as Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY.
  • Click here"I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I'm with." --as Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY (a .WAV file).
  • "You shouldn't keep souvenirs of a killing. You shouldn't have been that sentimental." --as "Scottie" Ferguson in VERTIGO.
  • "Like the fella says: Thank you." --as Rip Smith in MAGIC TOWN.
  • "I believe in what the fella says: Just one thing worse than being talked about, and that's not being talked about at all." --as Rip Smith in MAGIC TOWN.
  • "What's this doohickey?" --as "Scottie" Ferguson in VERTIGO.
  • "It's just another Wednesday. The calendar's full of 'em." --as Jeff in REAR WINDOW.
  • "I wonder if it's ethical to watch a man with binoculars and a long-focus lens." --as Jeff in REAR WINDOW.
  • "I'm not drunk. I may be intoxicated, but I'm not drunk." --as Shepherd Henderson in BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE (1958).
  • "Jesus, Jesus.  Fetch a ladder so Sgt. Posey can get up on that poor, unfortunate animal." --as Marshal Guthrie McCabe in TWO RODE TOGETHER (1961).
  • "Ma'am, you're obstructing my view." --as Marshal Guthrie McCabe in TWO RODE TOGETHER (1961).
  • "I didn't get to vote for myself -- not even once!" --as Marshal Guthrie McCabe in TWO RODE TOGETHER (1961).
  • "I never felt better glued together." --as John O'Hanlan in THE CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB (1970).

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