James Stewart: The Signature Collection

James Stewart: The Signature Collection.

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In his early years, Jimmy Stewart came to personify the Everyman. "Hollywood dishes out too much praise for small things," Jimmy once said. "I won't let it get me, but too much praise can turn a fellow's head if he doesn't watch his step." - Through a Hollywood career spanning 50 years James Stewart has thrilled, touched and delighted audiences with over 80 films. Six of those films are now available on DVD in the all new "James Stewart: The Signature Collection." Includes "The Cheyenne Social Club" / Fire Creek," "The FBI Story," "The Naked Spur," "The Spirit Of St. Louis" and "The Stratton Story." "The Cheyenne Social Club" / "Fire Creek" - They can be tough as leather. Or as down-home as any pair of good ol' boys. Either way, there's a sense of warm respect between the two stars. The off-camera friendship of James Stewart and Henry Fonda goes back to their days as struggling actors and roommates. "The Cheyenne Social Club" (Side A) casts them as saddle-weary Texans who, surprised to find they've inherited a Wyoming bawdy house, feel honor-bound to defend it against a gun-wielding gang. Gene Kelly produces and directs this mix of fun and Western action. Next comes a firestorm of character-driven excitement in "Firecreek" (Side B). Fonda plays an outlaw preying on small towns, and Stewart is the jittery, $2-a-month part-time lawman who must find the courage to stop him. This will be some showdown! "The FBI Story" - American movie icon James Stewart portrays one of J. Edgar Hoover's finest and Vera Miles co-stars as his steadfast wife in this salute to the "Federal Bureau Of Investigation." The colorful career of Agent Chip Hardesty (Stewart) covers 1924 to the late '50s. Along the way he tangles with everything from the Ku Klux Klan to a bomber who commits mass murder for insurance money. His fiercest exploits come in the '30s when he stares down a gun barrel at Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, Ma Barker and John Dillinger. From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Don Whitehead's bestseller and directed by veteran Hollywood hitmaker Mervyn LeRoy, "The FBI Story" is your rat-a-tat ticket to the inside story. "The Naked Spur" - "Plain arithmetic. Money splits better two ways instead of three," smooth-talking outlaw Ben Vandergroat reasons to his captors, three bounty hunters thrown together by chance. They're taking him to justice in Abilene, but Ben has other ideas. If he can set the men against each other - play on their greed, their fears, their vanities - he may be able to make his break to freedom. In the third of his five landmark Anthony Mann-directed westerns, James Stewart stars as the relentless leader of bounty hunters caught in the snare of the hunted (Robert Ryan). Tough, sweating with tension, and towering as tall as its breathtaking Colorado Rockies setting, "The Naked Spur" is simply "one of the best Westerns ever made" (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide). "The Spirit Of St. Louis" - Lindbergh fan James Stewart, himself a pilot, sought the role - and was initially turned down. But his persistence paid off, as Stewart added Lindy to his gallery of indelible portrayals of American heroes. He and Wilder together manned the cockpit of a stirring epic entertainment. "The Stratton Story" - Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton is an affable long drink of water with an easy, whiplike delivery and a pitch so unhittable the young phenom racks up consecutive 15-win seasons. But Stratton's greatest victory doesn't come on the manicured green diamonds of our national pastime. James Stewart portrays Stratton, who loses a leg in an accident just as his career is on the rise...and whose triumph over despair and disability leads him to pitch again. Stewart signed on for the role when he realized the film would be an inspiration to injured World War II GIs.

DVD Special Features: Vintage Joe McDookes Comedy Short "So Your Wife Wants To Work", Vintage Pete Smith Specialty Short "Things We Can Do Without", Vintage "The Cheyenne Social Club" Featurette "The Good Time Girls", Vintage Featurette "Pest Control", Classic Cartoons: "Tabasco Road", "Little Anthony Jet", "Batty Baseball", Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Show with Stewart and Allyson, Theatrical Trailers

Other Special Features: Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1


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Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
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James Stewart, Henry Fonda
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7.60 IN
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5.39 IN
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