Jimmy Stewart was a great actor and even greater Patriot. But museums for pop culture personalities (even patriotic ones) are doomed to eventual failure. And it doesn’t help that its in a small town in PA off the beaten path. They may get a reprieve this year, but they will eventually have to close their doors.
My all time favorite, as an actor as well as a man. IAWL is far from his only great movie.
Anatomy of a Murder, the best coutroom film ever, Vertigo a murder mytery sexual obsession Hitchcock masterpiece, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington every bit as emotional and a lesson for today as IAWL, Harvey a beloved classic, Shenendoah, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance with Duke Wayne, Winchester 76 (?).... the list goes on and on.
I love one of his films with Walter Brennan, is it The Far Country?
Oh and Philadelphia Story with Cary Grant and Hepburn.
Agreed. These stars were big in their day, but they fade from memory. I'd guess that most people under the age of 35 have never even heard of Jimmy Stewart.
A few years ago I worked with this chick that was just out of high school. She had literally never heard of Johnny Carson.
The other day I asked my XO if he was going to see True Grit this month. He is a 27 yr old Lieutenant and he had never heard of True Grit. He was vaguely familiar with John Wayne, but had never heard of any of his movies.
That was the point I was trying to make in my post #5. It seems a lot of these pieces of history that should be remembered are off the beaten path.
In upstate NY, even baseball's Hall of Fame is out in the middle of nowhere. Podunk Town.
It's as if history is telling us, "Remember us, if you care to, but you'll have to work a little bit, if you want to. But if you don't that's your problem."
When I visited Hawaii years ago, one of the Hawaiian tour guides told us, in his culture, "If you don't tell your children about your past, don't expect them to remember you."