Jimmy Fucking Stewart

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In the meantime, I've watched The Far Country (Mann, 1955) and The Naked Spur (Mann, 1953). Unquestionably different from my initial associations with Stewart. Based on this sample of two films, I have begun to wonder if this period's Westerns aren't a masculine counterpart to the "Hag Horror" phenomenon (vehicles for studio performers who are too old to be plausible romantic leads yet do too much box office to be relegated to supporting roles). Just a thought.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (j.lu), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:59 (one year ago) link

We watched Shop Around the Corner again this Christmas. It's still splendid, but Stewart's much more of a dick to Margaret Sullavan than I remember.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:23 (one year ago) link

but so is she

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:32 (one year ago) link

I get what Chuck is saying. For me, its Frank Morgan's movie anyway.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:33 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

this is covered v briefly upthread 12 years ago

nonetheless what the fuck

The Pangboche Hand is an artifact from a Buddhist monastery in Pangboche, Nepal. Supporters contend that the hand is from a Yeti, a scientifically unrecognized animal purported to live in the Himalayan mountains. A finger bone from the hand was tested and the DNA shown to be human, according to some people. But there is also contradictory evidence. Also the supposed Yeti bone that was analyzed might have been the human bone that was replaced with a human bone in the 1950's (the monks were given money for this).[1]

Some people believe it was a real Yeti hand and there have been many sightings of yetis and yeti footprints, including: In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reported seeing large footprints while scaling Mount Everest. [2]

Others believe it was a real yeti bone and DNA analysis has shown that to be a possibility. Forensic analyst concluded that the hair from the finger contained an unknown DNA sequence. In early December 2007, American television presenter Joshua Gates and his team (Destination Truth) reported finding a series of footprints in the Everest region of Nepal resembling descriptions of Yeti.[3] Each of the footprints measured 33 cm (13 in) in length with five toes that measured a total of 25 cm (9.8 in) across. Casts were made of the prints for further research. The footprints were examined by Jeffrey Meldrum of Idaho State University, who believed them to be too morphologicaly accurate to be fake or man-made. Later in 2009, Gates made another investigation during which he discovered hair samples. A forensic analyst concluded that the hair contained an unknown DNA sequence. Thus, DNA evidence shows it could be a yeti hand and definitely isn't human. [4]

Oil businessman and adventurer Tom Slick first heard accounts of the possible existence of a "Yeti hand" held as a ritual artifact in the monastery at Pangboche during one of his first "Abominable Snowman" treks in 1957. The Slick expeditions were the first to bring photographs of the hand back to the West.

During later Tom Slick-sponsored expeditions in and around the Himalayas, his associates gathered more information on the "Pangboche hand," and an effort to further examine it was planned. In 1959 Peter Byrne, a member of Slick's expedition that year, reportedly stole pieces of the artifact after the monks who owned it refused to allow its removal for study.[1] Byrne claimed to have replaced the stolen bone fragments with human bones, rewrapping the hand to disguise his theft.[1]

Byrne smuggled the bones from Nepal into India, after which actor James Stewart allegedly smuggled the hand out of the country in his luggage.[1] Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman rediscovered this story while writing Tom Slick's biography in the 1980s. Coleman confirmed details of the incidents with written materials in the Slick archives, interviews with Byrne, and correspondence with Stewart. Byrne later confirmed the Pangboche hand story via a letter from Stewart that Byrne published in a general book on Nepalese wildlife.

arli$$ and bible black (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 15 April 2019 13:24 (five months ago) link

!!!

Jimmy Stewart... a motherfucker with some dark secrets... about the YETI??

One Eye Open, Monday, 15 April 2019 13:43 (five months ago) link

what in the world

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 15 April 2019 15:48 (five months ago) link

jimmy stewart: actor, war hero, yeti-smuggler

arli$$ and bible black (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 15 April 2019 15:52 (five months ago) link

the other dude mustve seen Harvey and been like “now THERES a dude I can entrust with the protection of this mythical beast”

One Eye Open, Monday, 15 April 2019 16:31 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Harvey is the kind of dazed whimsy that I more often than not cannot stand; I spent most of the time feeling uncomfortably reminded of 90s schmaltz like Forrest Gump, Powder, or any of those movies where John Travolta played someone magical. That Stewart manages an effective scene or two anyway is a testament to something, I guess.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:25 (one month ago) link

Saw the restored version of this and it was staggeringly gorgeous. Looked like it was made yesterday, i was astonished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jB4Vsi1UUM

piscesx, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:59 (one month ago) link

First vintage B&W film to be released on 4K Disc domestically.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 20:21 (one month ago) link

I have never understood what the scene with them falling through the dancefloor into the swimming pool is doing there, it seems to have been imported from another, very different film. why would Bedford Falls even have such a thing?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:59 (one month ago) link

it is odd, I have literally never seen a swimming pool underneath a gym or dancefloor or any kind of floor really. It seems like the hydraulics required to move the floor back and forth would be unnecessarily expensive/complicated to maintain

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:02 (one month ago) link

huh

The place actually exists. It's called, fittingly, the Swim Gym, and belongs to Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles. Here's how it works: The court is divided along the centerline, and each half is anchored to rows of two-by-fours atop steel I-beams. The court "opens" at the turn of a key—motors roll the platforms underneath the arena bleachers, where huge exhaust fans mitigate moisture. Then, 5 feet below, a 25-yard swimming pool appears. The floor in the movie has been lost to time, but recently Pacific Floor installed a new maple court in the space. Because the gym hovers around 60 percent humidity, Pacific Floor acclimated the flooring material longer than usual and installed it with a moisture content around 9%, says Sales Manager Mark Herthel. With the court "closed," the crews installed a 15-mm-thick vapor barrier, 9⁄16-inch-thick resilient padding and ¾-inch-thick plywood anchored into the retractable platform using steel channels. Then 1½-inch-wide maple flooring chosen for its stable vertical grain was installed. Pacific Floor closed off the sides of the subfloor using stop blocks and closed cell foam underlayment to prevent moisture from creeping up the side of the court. Before the flooring was sanded and finished, the crew sawed the court in half along the centerline and installed a 4-inch stair riser as nosing on both halves. For durability, they also placed an aluminum plate on the face of each platform where they meet.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:03 (one month ago) link

i imagine it doesn't exist anywhere else other than at beverly hills high school where that scene was filmed

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:05 (one month ago) link

you are not correct

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:14 (one month ago) link

I have never understood what the scene with them falling through the dancefloor into the swimming pool is doing there

First, it is very cinematic. I've no doubt Capra liked it because it had so much visual and emotional appeal. Next, it is well-incorporated into the plot, allowing Stewart and Donna Reed to have a bonding moment. Sure, there were lots of ways to accomplish that plot point, but this one was visually energetic, unusual and highly memorable.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:15 (one month ago) link

you are not correct

― Οὖτις, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:14 PM (eight minutes ago)

how?

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:23 (one month ago) link

why would Bedford Falls even have such a thing?

This question is not supposed to enter your mind. You see they have one, therefore they do. Wondering what went on in the meeting of the school board planning committee where they finalized their report to the full board in favor of placing a swimming pool under the gym floor should not be an issue for the audience.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:26 (one month ago) link

loads of companies specializing in installing these, judging from a few minutes of googling. Granted it looks like more of a rich person's thing (as opposed to a high school)

xps

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:27 (one month ago) link

Was it super-well-known before the clip/s of it in Gremlins? I know it fell off the radar for a coupla decades but was it doing-the-rounds on tv in the 80s? It was the first i'd ever heard of it.

piscesx, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:50 (one month ago) link

I had a Christmas Eve tradition at my grandmother’s house, every year they’d show It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol back-to-back on the local pbs station and we’d watch them both every time. Probably did that for about 12 years in a row. That probably started for us in ‘79?

omar little, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:56 (one month ago) link

yeah the film was always an Xmas staple at my grandfather's house growing up, so it must have been regularly broadcast on some LA station from the mid-70s onward

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:58 (one month ago) link

i think it was in the public domain for a while, so TV stations could show it all the time

Screamin' Jay Gould (The Yellow Kid), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 23:56 (one month ago) link

start watching Sadistic Jimmy in those Mann westerns

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 01:06 (one month ago) link

watched Bend of the River a few weeks back. The violence isn’t particularly gruesome but the situations are pretty bleak and it’s just shy of the not-dissimilar Ride the High Country in terms of being a dark tale of a gunman with a past and a duplicitous partner guarding loot (though there’s no redemption for the latter in BotR).

omar little, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 01:09 (one month ago) link

Stewart is marvelously tough in those Mann westerns.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 02:12 (one month ago) link

PBS stations started showing it around Xmas in the early 70s iirc

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 16:23 (one month ago) link

Winchester '73

This is a really exceptional and tough western. Jimmy comes into Dodge City to participate in a shooting contest, the prize being the titular rifle, one of his opponents being a real sadistic prick from his past played by Stephen McNally. It's very easy to make shooting contest scenes, easier still to make them boring, this one is actually tense and crisply edited.

It's no spoiler to say the film ends in a showdown between these two guys, but it's what's in-between that really makes it even more interesting. A tense and bloodless card game showdown in a desolate roadhouse tavern which puts Hateful Eight to shame, a quick and brutal battle between calvarymen and one of those '50s western Native American tribes which are today problematic (but at least the film does nod slightly via dialogue from their warrior chief Rock Hudson(!) to the atrocities committed against them), and Dan Duryea pops up near the end as a cackling villain in league w/McNally.

For a fairly thin story on paper, there's a lot going on: several narrative threads being followed at once, some complex characterizations in minor roles, and that final shootout seems de rigueur at first but it's craftily directed, and as the gunfire grows more rapid you get the sense of two guys who have stopped taking potshots and instead want to blow the other guy's brains out. A key shot involves Stewart pinning down McNally between two rocks in a narrow outcropping, bullets ricocheting around and preventing him from moving.

omar little, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 23:02 (one month ago) link

It's hard to choose between that one and The Naked Spur.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 23:03 (one month ago) link

Mann was an excellent director.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 23:03 (one month ago) link

That final shootout in Winchester ‘73 is A++++. Never seen Bend of the River, looking forward to checking it out this weekend.

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Thursday, 29 August 2019 01:55 (one month ago) link

I've been wanting to see that one for a while. TCM never seems to air it, and it's not on any of my streaming services.

The Naked Spur is very good, yes.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Thursday, 29 August 2019 02:05 (one month ago) link

from the local library along w/Winchester '73 I also checked out THE FAR COUNTRY, which is another gem. Beautiful location shooting in Alberta, though it takes place in Skagway, AK and Dawson City, in the Yukon. Jimmy is a deeply unsentimental cattle driver who has been moving a herd up north with partner Walter Brennan, and despite his best intentions he finds himself making friends (and just as many enemies) along the way, the former including Ruth Roman, Jay C. Flippen, Corinne Calvet, etc, latter including a bunch of fine Western stock actors like John McIntire, Jack Elam, and others. He doesn't want to have anything to do with either his new friends or new enemies, but eventually circumstances dictate he has to choose a side.

Like other Mann westerns it's got a lot more going on than the back of the DVD would suggest, and a leisurely pace that allows for most of the supporting characters to reveal themselves without rushing it and without relying on stock traits. Lots of standouts there.

It's also being released in the UK soon via Arrow, which has me hoping it will follow suit in the U.S.; this DVD looked decent enough but the scope of the film deserves a better treatment on blu-ray.

https://images.arrowfilms.com/Images/3e9d2414-7773-45a2-b94b-71422f3b81a3.jpg

omar little, Thursday, 29 August 2019 17:54 (one month ago) link

I binged a lot of his Westerns a year or 2 ago thru the library. Reading the reactions here makes me think that's not a good way to view movies, cause these all blur together in my mind now. But I thiiiink Winchester 73 was my fav. (I was thinking the shootout in the rocks was from Bend of the River!)

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:00 (one month ago) link

Mann's films are so good that I can only assume his status relative to other filmmakers from his era is simply due to him being a director whose personality was not front-and-center, a guy whose reputation was perhaps that of a workmanlike craftsman rather than someone who chose interesting projects and elevated them seemingly every single time. I've yet to see one of his films that wasn't at least very good and most have been great.

omar little, Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:04 (one month ago) link

yeah Bend of the River has a climactic gunfight at a river, near some rapids.

omar little, Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:05 (one month ago) link

ok now I remember Far Country, really liked that one. Stewart + Brennan, how can you go wrong. Plus the judge was a good villian.
I don't think I've ever seen The Man From Laramie...

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:37 (one month ago) link

Bend of the River was filmed entirely on location in Oregon. I can recognize a fair number of the places it was shot.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:07 (one month ago) link


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