Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thursday Thirteen- Jimmy Stewart Movies

Keeping up with the movie theme for Thursday Thirteen, (click here for last week's list), I thought I would list 13 Jimmy Stewart movies that I like. Next to Dick Van Dyke, he's my second favorite actor!! :) I know some of you out there (you know who are you), don't particularly care for black and white movies, or "old movies", but honestly, I would rather watch one of those than some movies that come out these days! :) These are in no particular order by the way. As always, you can click on the name to get more information about the movie.

1. It's A Wonderful Life (1946): This is a must see at Christmastime. My sister and I usually watch it together at Thanksgiving (kicking off the "Christmas Movie Watching" season). But to be honest, I have watched this movie in the middle of summer before (some movies are just too good to only watch once a year).

2. Harvey (1950): One of my personal favorites. I love Jimmy Stewart's portrayal of Elwood P. Dowd, the man whose best friend is a 6 foot tall imaginary rabbit. 

3. The Philadelphia Story (1940): You can't go wrong if the movie has both Jimmy Stewart AND Cary Grant. **sigh**

4. Rear Window (1954): I love Alfred Hitchcock. This is one of my personal favorites. And man, Grace Kelly looked beautiful in this movie! 

5. The Stratton Story (1949): This story is based on major league baseball pitcher Monty Stratton, who lost his leg during a hunting accident. Side note: My mother once had an autographed Monty Stratton baseball (I believe she met him when she was younger), but my brothers took it outside and lost it. A few years ago my friend found a Monty Stratton autograph at a Chicago sports shop and gave it to me to give to my mom. :)
6. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939): A man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate and runs into political corruption (I know, a shocker, right??)

7. Vertigo (1958): Another Hitchcock classic! It's about a detective who suffers from acrophobia and while investigating the strange activities of his friend's wife, he slowly becomes obsessed with her.

8. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962): I saw this for the first time a few months ago (thank you Turner Classic Movies). It wasn't as good as some of his other movies, but it was still enjoyable!

9. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962): Am I going to get hate mail if I say I'm not the biggest fans of westerns? Still a good movie. And if you are a John Wayne fan you know that he is in this too!

10. Rope (1948): It seems Alfred Hitchcock was a fan of using Jimmy Stewart in his movies. This is about two roommates who strangle a classmate and hide his body in their apartment. They host a dinner party that includes the family and friends of the dead classmate, as a challenge to see how "perfect" their crime is. Jimmy Stewart plays the role of a professor (not either one of the roommates). Random fact of the day: This was Hitchcock's first color film.

11. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956): A Hitchcock film about a family that accidentally stumbles on an assassination plot while on vacation.

12. The Glenn Miller Story (1954): A biography of bandleader Glenn Miller. I remember watching this one when I was younger.

13. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991): He did the voice of Wylie Burp, the canine sheriff. This was the last movie he is credited in. Mr. Stewart passed away in 1997.

As always, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed my list! We are almost to Friday, have a great day y'all!


  1. I was like "Harvey better be on her list or we are NOT twins." Then I read Harvey and thought "What about Mr. Smith?" Then I saw it was on there. For a minute, I thought "The Man Who Knew Too Much" was going to be overlooked, but it wasn't. Good list. :)

  2. I LOVE Rear Window. He was a great actor, I just haven't seen a lot of his movies. I might just need to check a few of them out!

  3. I am so ashamed that I have only seen the first and last movie on your list- must start Netflixing! (if thats a word)

  4. What a fun list. I'm going to have to get some of those from Netflix! Have a nice weekend, Rachel. :-)

  5. A great list of a great actor's work... I've seen a few, but will need to go back and put a few in the Netflix queue!

    Happy weekend, Rachel!

  6. I love the Philadelphia Story! Do you have the Hitchcock movies? I've never seen them. We could watch them while I'm there! (Add it to the growing list of things to watch. Lol.) I can get them from Netflix if I need to. :) Hope you're having a great weekend with the fam!