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James Stewart: A Biography

Donald Dewey

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After a brief stint on Broadway, Jimmy Stewart went to Hollywood and soon made such classics as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Philadelphia Story. He symbolized the patriotism of the time, and even joined the army in World War II, winningMoreAfter a brief stint on Broadway, Jimmy Stewart went to Hollywood and soon made such classics as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Philadelphia Story. He symbolized the patriotism of the time, and even joined the army in World War II, winning a Distinguished Flying Cross. Up to that point, his characters had espoused the same values that Stewart himself, a devout Presbyterian, lived by. But after the war, his youthful exuberance faded, and he settled into darker roles, including his classic performances in Hitchcocks Rear Window and Vertigo. Biographer Donald Dewey suggests that while the boyish charm of his early characters reflected pre-war hopefulness, his disturbed, nearly psychotic later characters mirrored the introspection and suspicion of the 1950s.