Synopsis of The Last Gangster (1937) starring Edward G. Robinson, Jimmy Stewart, Rose Stradner
In The Last Gangster, a gangster vows revenge against the woman who betrayed him following a long stint in prison.
James Stewart gives one of his finest performances in this lighthearted film as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd. His constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see. To his sister, Veta Louise, Elwood’s obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in the side of her plans to marry off her daughter. But when Veta Louise decides to put Elwood in a mental hospital, a hilarious mix-up occurs and she finds herself committed instead. It’s up to Elwood to straighten out the mess with his kindly philosophy, and his “imaginary” friend, in this popular classic.
The FBI Story is a Hollywood biography of the early years of the FBI, told via flashback through the life story of one of its early agents.
As with most Hollywood biographies, The FBI Story needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Having said that, Jimmy Stewart does a wonderful job of portraying the early FBI agent. The story intertwines his personal life story with that of the agency. The story works well, with the various personal moments mingling well with the agency’s growing pains.
Vivacious Lady – A young botany professor impulsively marries a free-spirited nightclub singer while on a visit to New York, and then the couple try to keep their union secret, with embarrassing results.
I know that the title ‘finest western of all time’ is sure to be disputed, but I stand by it. In addition to starring three of the great actors of the 20th Century (John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Lee Marvin), it’s a truly great story. It’s told in flashback, as Jimmy Stewart’s character is returning to the western town where he got his start. A bookish lawyer, many years ago he came to this wild west town, where there was no law. But there was a band of thugs led by Liberty Valance (played deliciously by Lee Marvin) running rampant. Jimmy Stewart plans to stop them by legal means … Only to find out that there is no one willing to enforce the law.
Dear Brigitte is a funny family comedy, dealing with the Leaf family, headed by Dr. Robert Leaf (Jimmy Stewart). He’s the proverbial absent-minded professor, a poet who loves art and music, and dislikes the hard sciences. When his young son Erasmus (Billy Mumy) turns out to be a mathematical prodigy, it causes him no end of consternation. Vina Leaf (Glynis Johns) plays the loving mother. Cindy Carol plays the older sister (who uses her brother’s math skills to do her homework. And later the homework of her boyfriend, Fabian, which leads to people wanting to use him to win at the race track.
DVD review of “The Greatest Show on Earth” starring Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, James Stewart. To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden (Charlton Heston) engages The Great Sebastian (Cornell Wilde). Even though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground. Subplots involve the secret past of Buttons the Clown (Jimmy Stewart). Also, the efforts of racketeers to move in on the game concessions. Let the show begin!