James Stewart and Frank Capra on set of “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
Happy Birthday Jimmy!
(May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997)
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
James Stewart and Kim Novak in “Vertigo” (1958)
Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart on the set of “Vertigo”
“I guess this is just another lost cause Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for and he fought for them once. For the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain simple rule. Love thy neighbor. And in this world today of great hatred a man who knows that rule has a great trust. You know that rule Mr. Paine and I loved you for it just as my father did. And you know that you fight harder for the lost causes than for any others. Yes you’d even die for them. Like a man we both knew Mr. Paine. You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well I’m not licked. And I’m gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause. Even if this room gets filled with lies like these. And the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place. Somebody will listen to me.”
Tracy Lord: Put me in your pocket, Mike.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
List of flawless films → It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
→ Rear Window (1954)
I’ve seen bickering and family quarrels and mysterious trips at night, and knives and saws and ropes, and now since last evening, not a sign of the wife. How do you explain that?
Norma Shearer had the tendency to hold people’s hands. Either with just one hand or both hands. In those pictures she mostly holds people’s hands with one hand, but if you look more closely at her movies or random clips, you will notice that she captured someone’s hand with both of her hands most of the time. She apparently loved doing that. You always find her doing this and either saying something really sweet or a sentence ending with “darling”. It is almost like a running joke. You can always find it. It’s such a sweet thing she did. And once you noticed it, you are actually surprised when she is not holding someone’s hand.