Remembering and Appreciating

I didn’t grow up with Jimmy Stewart, but appreciated him throughout the years.

The Flight Of The Phoenix (1965) - MYTVTOGO Network Streaming Services

                Sometimes I think we miss out on some things in our youth so we can appreciate them later in life.  Jimmy Stewart’s movies were among them.  In my youth, I don’t think I ever saw one of his movies, including “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Don’t think I ever saw a John Wayne Movie either. 

                With time, I have been appreciative of his range, including the fact he served in the military while pursuing acting.  Movies like “Flight of the Phoenix”, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “Rear Window,” “The Spirit of St. Louis,” “Harvey,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Vertigo,” and “The Shootist,” are among many he played, often real history lessons within those films. 

                I kind of liken it to “discovering” Louis Lamour books, late into a career, realizing the range of this author, also incorporating real life experiences and true history within the context of stories.  Once I found those books, I realized I had plenty to keep me reading for years, then probably, after reading them all, starting over again. 

                Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” series was kind of like that, but I must say that many writers of the past seem to have something today’s do not.  But I can read both.

                With Jimmy Stewart, we can rewatch each year, appreciate, perhaps some in book form, all the while learning something of real value.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, at the time, taught me much of politics within the construct of the story, but that got me reading and learning, asking questions.  He is a man I would have liked to meet.

                Regarding the picture above, “Flight of the Phoenix,” I believe it was one of his best acting roles, but also, the cast did a great job of creating a serious story and the way people react under enormously difficult circumstances.  Some history and principles within the construct of an excellent story, I’ve watched it at least three times in its entirety.  While my brain picks apart the mechanical problems addressed, the story as a whole relates to the world we live in today.

**One thing I like is without today’s “special effects,” far more effort went into script, story, and relationships.

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