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Jimmy Stewart in Call Northside 777, a classic film noire murder myster

Call Northside 777

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Call Northside 777 (1948) starring Jimmy Stewart, Richard Conte

In 1932, a cop is killed and Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) sentenced to life. Eleven years later, a newspaper ad by Frank’s mother leads Chicago reporter P.J. O’Neal (Jimmy Stewart) to look into the case. When he begins to investigate he meets increased resistance from authorities unwilling to be proved wrong.

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Bandolero! starring Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch, George Kennedy

Bandolero!

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Bandolero! starring Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch, George Kennedy

In Bandolero!, James Stewart and Dean Martin are brothers who kidnap Raquel Welch and head for Mexico, pursued by George Kennedy

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Movie review of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

It’s a Wonderful Life

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Movie review of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

It’s a Wonderful Life is a wonderful film, and a perennial classic at Christmas time. It’s the story of a man named George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) at the end of his rope. He’s about to commit suicide. He feels that his life has been worthless. An angel named Clarence shows him what the world would have been like if he hadn’t been born. He inspires George to not give up, and George returns to his family – on Christmas Eve. Only to find out just how much he’s worth to his community.

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Wife Versus Secretary (1936) starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, James Stewart

Wife Versus Secretary

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Wife Versus Secretary (1936) starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Jimmy Stewart

Synopsis of Wife Versus Secretary

Of course Linda Stanhope trusts her husband Van. Their marriage is based on love and respect. Who cares if Van’s secretary has the face of an angel and the body of a chorus girl? Who says a blonde bombshell can’t type and take dictation? But people are whispering. And when Linda calls Van’s hotel room late at night during his solo business trip to Havana, guess who answers. Four Golden Era greats – Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Myrna Loy as the romantic triangle and a lanky newcomer named James Stewart as Harlow’s beau – gild this sophisticated comedy-drama that takes a savvy look at men, women and love. Wife versus Secretary: Guess who wins!

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Harvey, starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull

Harvey

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Harvey (1950), starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull

Synopsis of Harvey

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.

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The FBI Story, starring Jimmy Stewart, Vera Miles

The FBI Story

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The FBI Story (1959), starring Jimmy Stewart, Vera Miles

Synopsis of The FBI Story

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.

Review of The FBI Story

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.

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Vivacious Lady, starring Jimmy Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Beulah Bondi

Vivacious Lady

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Vivacious Lady (1938), starring Jimmy Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Beulah Bondi, Frances Mercer

Synopsis of Vivacious Lady

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.

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - a classic western starring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) starring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Edmond O’Brien

Jimmy Stewart as the bookish lawyer, with the newspaper editor (Edmond O'Brien) who's not afraid to take a stand against Liberty Valance -- and pays the price for it.
Jimmy Stewart as the bookish lawyer, with the newspaper editor (Edmond O’Brien) who’s not afraid to take a stand against Liberty Valance — and pays the price for it.

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.

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