Monday, May 19, 2008

A Century Goes By, In the Blink of an Eye

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Jimmy Stewart. Through the miracles of DVD's and cable/satellite TV, Jimmy Stewart, who died on July 2, 1997, is always with us. What a talent he exhibited in film after film. A great example is the one pictured here, Rear Window, with the incredible Grace Kelly. Hitchcock, Stewart, and Grace Kelly. They don't make 'em like that anymore-- and we're the poorer for it. Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Stewart.
UPDATE: TCM is showing nothing but Jimmy Stewart movies all day today. Philadelphia Story, Vertigo, Rear Window and more... including John Ford's Western Classic: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance with John Wayne as the experienced man with a gun, Stewart as the pacifist attorney who thinks the law is stronger than the gun and Lee Marvin as the S.O.B. who makes Stewart confront his book-learned theory. And, of course, there's a gal (Vera Miles) that both Stewart and Wayne have a hankerin' for... storytelling does NOT get any better.