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Can you ace this Jimmy Stewart movie quiz?
By: Bambi Turner
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You may remember him from a little movie called "It's a Wonderful Life," but Jimmy Stewart was much more than just a one-hit wonder. He is best known for playing the everyman forced to stand up against greed and corruption, but Stewart also played some surprising roles, from cowboy to doctor and everything in between. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the movies of the legendary Jimmy Stewart!
Which leading lady -- known for her long-term love affair with Spencer Tracy -- starred opposite Jimmy Stewart in "The Philadelphia Story"?
The legendary Katharine Hepburn played the wealthy Tracy Lord -- a women torn between three different lovers, including Stewart, Cary Grant and John Howard. Stewart played magazine reporter Mike Connor, and in case you were wondering, no, he didn't get the girl.
Where did Stewart go, as Mr. Smith, in the 1939 Frank Capra film?
Stewart played Jefferson Smith in the 1939 Frank Capra political drama "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." In the flick, Smith is a scout leader with a heart of gold who gets wrapped up in the Washington, D.C., political machine.
Where does Stewart's character famously collapse in the most dramatic scene in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"?
After being elected to the U.S. Senate, Mr. Smith works eagerly to secure land for a new scout camp, unaware he is stuck in a web of corruption. In one of the movie's most famous scenes, he collapses on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
What kind of creature is the title character in the 1950 Stewart flick, "Harvey"?
In "Harvey," Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a man who is best friends with a 6-foot-tall rabbit that only he can see.
What is the rabbit's secret skill in "Harvey"?
As everyone around him wonders whether he is crazy or just plain drunk, Stewart's character confides that his invisible rabbit pal Harvey is a master at manipulating time. Eventually, the story offers the feel-good ending that Stewart's movies are known for -- even the doctors at the mental hospital where Stewart is sent start believing in Harvey, and some claim to see the giant rabbit themselves.
Which of these did Stewart play in the 1962 drama, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"?
Stewart was a small-town attorney back in the day when he killed notorious outlaw Liberty Valance, in the 1962 John Ford film. He went on to become a senator, but still went back to the town of Shinbone where it all began to attend the funeral of an old friend.
Which iconic western star did Stewart's character famously punch in the jaw in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"?
It's hard to believe, but Jimmy Stewart actually socked John Wayne in the jaw in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Wayne's character goes on to save the life of Stewart's character -- a kindness which the future Senator never forgets.
What kind of store does Stewart work in, as Alfred Kralik in "The Shop Around the Corner"?
Stewart plays Alfred Kralik, a super salesman at a Budapest leather goods store in the 1940 flick.
Who is Jimmy Stewart's love interest in "The Shop Around the Corner"?
Stewart plays Alfred Kralik, a man who spends the entire film writing to a female pen pal. He eventually learns that his love interest is none other than his co-worker, Klara Novak, played by Margaret Sullavan. The pair spend the movie feuding before Stewart finally reveals that he is the man behind the letters.
Which of these films, in which Stewart plays a small-town attorney named Paul Biegler, was NOT directed by Alfred Hitchcock?
Stewart and Hitchcock were a familiar duo, teaming up for films like "Vertigo," "Rear Window" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much." Despite the movie's gruesome title, however, Hitchcock was not involved with "Anatomy of a Murder." It was directed by Otto Preminger.
In addition to his vertigo in the 1958 film of the same name, Stewart's character also suffers from acrophobia -- a fear of this.
Often ranked among the greatest films of all time by critics, "Vertigo" features Jimmy Stewart as a San Francisco cop who's forced out of his job after he develops a disorienting sense of vertigo along with acrophobia -- a fear of heights.
Which of Stewart's films, in which he played a reporter for "Spy" magazine, won him his only Best Actor Oscar?
Despite his many memorable roles, Stewart only picked up one Oscar for Best Actor. He won the award for the 1940 flick, "The Philadelphia Story," in which he played a reporter. Stewart also picked up an Honorary Achievement for his lifetime of work at the 1985 Oscars.
Where does Stewart's character finally beat his vertigo in an iconic scene in the 1958 film?
As disgraced Detective Scottie Ferguson, Stewart watches two women fall to their deaths from a bell tower. It is the second of these deaths that finally allows him to beat his vertigo and fear of heights.
What role does Stewart play in the courtroom drama, "Anatomy of a Murder"?
Stewart plays Paul Biegler -- a District Attorney who loses his position and takes a job as a defense lawyer in a very convoluted case -- in the 1959 drama.
Which screen legend, who also starred in "Witness for the Prosecution," played a singer named Frenchy in "Destry Rides Again"?
James Stewart was so much more than his most famous roles. Those who are less familiar with his work may be surprised to learn just how many Westerns he starred in. In the 1939 flick, "Destry Rides Again," Stewart played Deputy Tom Destry Jr. of the Wild West town of Bottleneck. Marlene Dietrich co-starred as a saloon singer named Frenchy in the film.
In which 1956 film -- a remake of a 1934 Hitchcock classic -- did Stewart play Dr. Ben McKenna?
Hitchcock directed both the 1934 and 1956 versions of "The Man Who Knew Too Much." The later version featured Stewart as a doctor traveling through Morocco.
Which actress sang "Que Sera, Sera," as Stewart's wife, in "The Man Who Knew Too Much"?
The 1956 movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much" picked up an Oscar for Best Song, thanks to Doris Day's performance of "Que Sera, Sera."
In which film is Stewart's character stuck in a wheelchair?
In the 1954 Hitchcock film, "Rear Window," Jimmy Stewart plays Jeff Jeffries, a photographer who's stuck in a wheelchair after breaking his leg.
Which regal actress plays Stewart's girlfriend in "Rear Window"?
Future Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly stars as Lisa Fremont -- who gets drawn into boyfriend Jeff's fixation with a potential murder case -- in the 1954 film.
Stewart's 1965 film "Shenandoah" was set in the mid-19th century, during which war?
In the 1965 film "Shenandoah," Stewart played a farmer who was desperate to keep his six sons at home on the farm and away from the dangers of the Civil War.
Stewart plays mountain man Linus Rawlings in which 1962 Western that spans much of the 19th century?
"How the West Was Won" is an epic tale covering the period from the 1830s all the way to the late 1800s. In the film, Stewart stars as Linus Rawlings, a mountain man who became a Union Army Captain in the Civil War.
What silly circus role did Stewart play in "The Greatest Show on Earth"?
Stewart starred as a clown named Buttons who never took off his makeup in the 1952 Cecille B. DeMille spectacular, "The Greatest Show on Earth." It was quite the departure from his usual roles in Westerns and feel-good dramas.
Which film features Stewart as a rich man who falls for a poor girl?
In the light-hearted "You Can't Take It With You," Stewart plays Tony Kirby, a rich man who falls for a girl his parents don't approve of. Fortunately, love wins out in the end and they live happily ever after.
Which film features Stewart as a school housemaster who ends up involved in a murder?
In the 1948 Hitchcock noir "Rope," two students murder a classmate just to prove they can get away with the perfect crime. They were inspired by their former housemaster, Rupert Caldwell, played by Jimmy Stewart. This film was inspired partially by the infamous 1924 Loeb and Leopold murder.
What role does Stewart play in the 1948 flick "Call Northside 777"?
Stewart plays reporter P.J. McNeal, who tries to prove an accused man is innocent in the 1948 film, which was based on a true story.
In what film does Stewart play a down-on-his-luck man named George Bailey?
Stewart's most memorable role came in the 1946 Frank Capra film, "It's a Wonderful Life." Stewart stars as George Bailey, a man who's prepared to commit suicide to get his family out of financial trouble.
What is the name of the angel in "It's a Wonderful Life"?
When Stewart's character, George, tries to end his life so his family can claim on a life insurance policy, his guardian angel Clarence steps up to save him in "It's a Wonderful Life." By helping George see that his life is too precious to throw away, Clarence finally earns his wings.
What is the name of Stewart's wife in "It's a Wonderful Life"?
Both Violet and Mary have a crush on Stewart's character at the start of the film, but it's sweet Mary who wins his heart in the end. The couple go on to have four kids, including little Zuzu and her petals.
What is Stewart's character's claim to fame in "Winchester '73"?
In "Winchester '73," Stewart plays Lin McAdam, a man who comes to Dodge City chasing a notorious outlaw. He enters a sharp-shooting contest and wins the rifle that gives the film its name.
Which Stewart film is set in the town of Coronado and features Stewart's battle against a cattle baron named Waggoman?
Stewart is a tough cowboy who comes to Coronado to discover who is selling rifles to the local Indians in the 1955 western, "The Man From Laramie."
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