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James Stewart

James Stewart [5]


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Born:May 20, 1908
Died:July 2, 1997 (89)
Filmography Rating:7.54 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.14 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.57 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80.32%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Made for Each Other [1939](31) => John Horace Mason
Pot O'Gold [1941](33) => James Hamilton 'Jimmy' Haskell
It's a Wonderful Life [1946](38) => George Bailey
Harvey [1950](42) => Elwood P. Dowd
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West [1991](83) => Wylie

Trivia that mentions this person:
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West [1991]
  • James Stewart's final acting role in a feature film.
  • Steven Spielberg personally came to James Stewart's sound booth to direct him. He is uncredited as a voice-over director, though.
    The Bigamist [1953]
  • During the tour of the movie star homes, the houses the driver says belong to Jack Benny and James Stewart are their actual homes on Roxbury Drive.
    Farscape Season 3 [2001]
  • Crichton calls the Scorpius clone that resides in his mind "Harvey", after the invisible rabbit in the classic James Stewart film, Harvey. The name was suggested by a fan website.
    It's a Wonderful Life [1946]
  • James Stewart was nervous about the phone scene kiss because it was his first screen kiss since his return to Hollywood after the war. Under Frank Capra's watchful eye, Stewart filmed the scene in only one unrehearsed take, and it worked so well that part of the embrace was cut because it was too passionate to pass the censors.
    Made for Each Other [1939]
  • "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 17, 1945 with James Stewart reprising his film role.
    Pot O'Gold [1941]
  • Jerry Adler, younger brother of [?] Larry Adler, taught James Stewart how to hold the harmonica and mime the playing for the movie, and was the person who did the actual playing of the harmonica music supposedly done by Stewart, who continued playing the instrument after the movie.
    You've Got Mail [1998]
  • Joe Fox's grandfather mentions that long ago, he briefly shared a pen pal romance with the store's previous owner, Cecilia Kelly (Kathleen's mother), and that they only communicated through letters. This may have been a reference to the movie's predecessor, The Shop Around the Corner, starring James Stewart and [?] Margaret Sullavan, or possibly the famous book and the movie 84 Charing Cross Road of the same name, with [?] Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins as a female customer in New York and a male employee of the bookstore at that address in London.
    Harvey [1950]
  • Before starring in the film, James Stewart had played Elwood P. Dowd on stage during the role's originator, [?] Frank Fay's, vacation.
  • In many interviews, James Stewart referred to the role of Elwood P. Dowd as his favourite.
  • In 1990, James Stewart recorded an introduction to the VHS release of the film, which turned out to be one of the biggest selling videos of the year.
  • Henry Koster and James Stewart discovered that they worked extremely well together. Koster said later that working with Stewart was "without any doubt one of the most pleasant experiences of my life...It must have been his spirit. There was very little friction, ever, only ambition and craftsmanship and precision, just doing it right professionally. On top of that he put the whipped cream of great talent...He was always the first on the set."
  • James Stewart later declared in an interview that Josephine Hull had the most difficult role in the film, since she had to believe and not believe in the invisible rabbit ... at the same time.
  • Though James Stewart's character, Elwood P. Dowd, may certainly be referred to as an alcoholic, only at one time in the entire picture is he seen taking a drink. This is because the Hollywood Production Code at the time would not allow him to be shown getting drunk on film.
  • Although James Stewart is 6'4'', he refers to Harvey as being 6'3 1/2'' tall in the film and looks up at him during the entire film. That's because this is Harvey's height in the original play by Mary Chase. In a 1990 interview, Stewart said that he had decided that for the film, Harvey was going to be 6'8'', so that he could indeed look up at him.
  • At the suggestion of James Stewart, the director changed many shots to make them wider so that "Harvey" would be in the frame.
  • Although Josephine Hull played James Stewart's sister in the film, she was 31 years his senior in real life.
  • The only Oscar nominated performance by James Stewart in a non-Best Picture nominated film.
    Quotes From/About James Stewart
    James StewartI was going to be an architect. I graduated with a degree in architecture and I had a scholarship to go back to Princeton and get my Masters in architecture. I'd done theatricals in college, but I'd done them because it was fun.