Case History: Jimmy Stewart

Vision Stage

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

Too Skinny

Colonel Stewart receiving the Croix de Guerre with Palm in 1944 (Wikipedia)


Economic Reality


Going Home

Stewart (right) and Alexander Stewart (high center) in front of the J.M. Hardware store in 1930 (Wikipedia)

Capra’s Comedy

Francesco Rosario Capra circa 1930s
Al Jolson in 1929
Stewart, Donna Reed, and Karolyn Grimes in It’s a Wonderful Life (1948) (photo: Wikipedia)

The Comeback


Cary Grant with Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief (1955)
Jimmy Stewart, Vertigo, 1958
Cary Grant in North by Northwest 1959

“I’d like people to remember me as someone who was good at his job and seemed to mean what he said”

— Jimmy Stewart



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Jeff Cunningham

Writing about extraordinary lives. Came for the stories; stayed for the people.