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Jimmy Stewart

James Stewart in a publicity shot for Harvey. Photograph: Cinetext/Allstar

I don't know if I can fully express how enchanted I am by Jimmy Stewart, the approachable and dashing acting legend with that deliciously recognizable voice. Whether it be It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, You Can't Take it With You, The Philadelphia Story, The Shop Around the Corner, or Harvey, he has me from the first moment. Tonight, I've been watching various videos of him on youtube...interviews, clips etc. and find myself a bit wistful for a time when we had "stars" like that. Real, respectable, honest to goodness "stars." Jimmy Stewart exuded dignity, a keen sense of humor and most of all warmth of a heart that you could feel through the vastness of the silver screen. Although for me, it was the compact "vastness" of a tv screen, seeing as his heyday was before my time. That doesn't hinder my appreciation though. Small screen or big screen it's frickin' Jimmy Stewart! Thank you Mr. James Stewart. You're a class act.

With Margaret Sullavan in The Shop Around The Corner:


As Elwood Dowd in Harvey:


Reciting the poem "Beau" on Johnny Carson: