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Jimmy Stewart's heroic leadership
- Will Fox
On the 40th Anniversary of D-Day (6/6/1944), WW2's finale liberating fascist Europe, retired US Air Force General Jimmy Stewart (patriotic bomber pilot) and beloved bride for decades made an unpublicized pilgrimage to Cambridge, England and Maddeningly Cemetery, quietly commemorating Americans' ultimate sacrifice for freedom. (Thnx TCM 4 travel clips on anniversaries.) As the Chief of Contingency Plan, SAC, USAF @RAF Mildenhall, I drove to Maddeningly to thank him for extraordinary courage vs Nazis' high fatality fire. Gen. JS's legendary heroism is unique, still standing tall, 70 years on, well above Hollywood hypocrites now. In 1987 as civilian, Cambridge International Film Festival host, I enjoyed dinner with the top-award-winning director from Romania, still suffering socialism's communists, Cold War Reign of Terror. We proclaimed JS's iconic film legacy, fighting for freedom. "In Anatomy of a Murder" modest, small-town lawyer, JS defends a Korean War veteran against smug, group-thinking, pompous prosecutors and a many-times convicted, conspiring jail rat. (Think Democrats.) In "No Highway in the Sky" JS saves many innocent lives, just as he did in real life. See also "Destry Rides Again" (1939), "Mortal Storm," "Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "Shenandoah" (1965) for decades of JS's exemplary leadership vs. brutal bullies. Thanks TCM for this month-long celebration of a truly unique, American champion's life and for multiplying audiences' opportunities on Watch TCM, to learn about humble, honest hero, Jimmy Stewart.
An entertaining and splendid movie
This James Stewart 60's film displays his talents in full force with a splendid ensemble cast including George Kennedy. Though it plays to stereotypes...the gallant southern gentleman soldier and the cruel blue belly deserter...the movie takes on serious issues and the harsh reality that War means death.Everyone has a fav scene.Mine is the final conversation between Stewart and his dead wife at her gravesite.Stewart was magnificent in this role. Had it been made in the 50's it might have been better received.Look for Structure Martin in a brief scene doing what he did best...stealing a scene.
- Will Fox
Freedom loving, Nobel Prize earning economists, plus many of their followers around the world, celebrate Jimmy Stewart's "Shenandoah" as one of the finest films, presenting the case for free markets vs. statists' socialism and slavery's sponsors in the 1863 context of the American Civil War. Scene 1 with dialogue features Jimmy Stewart. Charlie Anderson, a farming father of 6 adult sons plus a married daughter, leads the family's Saturday night discussion around the dining room table. This is precedent setting; first film featuring a series of scenes/acts that present moral arguments for American values. In a series of arguments, (similar to Plato's book "Republic"), the family's Founding Father faithfully loves each family member and leads them away from dangerous temptations: The first is vainglory in war, fighting for slavery. No Anderson owns slaves. Slavery is immoral. Scene 2 is a Sunday Church Service with a patriotic-sounding Pastor presenting the case for "Duty," serving the state of Virginia, (implying versus invading Yankees). Scene 3: When federal agents claim the family's private property, it is defended. Scene 4 the wedding eve: Explains humorously the differences between men's and women's personalities, preferences, and priorities. (This prescient, 1965 film challenges 2016's transgender bathrooms and sociologists' sentimentality, denying physiology and psychological realities.) All Andersons are civilians. They are noncombatants until the kidnapping, when government agents jail Anderson's teenage son. Film ends, returning to church for thanksgiving to God.
A Powerful Underrated Film
- David H.
"Shenandoah" is a powerful drama about the impact of war on a family. James Stewart gives the best performance of his later career as the patriarch of a Virginia family drawn into the Civil War. Rosemary Forsyth and Doug McClure are outstanding his daughter and son-in-law while Phillip Alford reprises his fine work from "To Kill A Mockingbird" as his youngest son who becomes a prisoner-of-war. A young Katharine Ross makes her film debut and the rest of the supporting cast is first-rate. Andrew V. McLaglen, son of the actor Victor, apprenticed with Hollywood legends John Ford and William Wellman, and in this film their influence is most definitely there. I think this underrated movie is one of the best anti-war films ever made.
- dan c
when the boy comes limping into the country church at the end i dare the most stoic person to resist a tear
1 of my favorite movies (& I've seen thousands!!)
This movie deeply moved my when I saw it. The whole story & acting touched me. AND JIMMY STEWART!!! My favorite actor... he gave a MARVELOUS performance! All I can say is SEE IT. Simply a wonderful, warm movie that tugs at your heart-strings.