Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart
Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in N ...more
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It was fascinating reading about how they started out in the theater, their lives before they become famous, dating women, marriages (Jim one time while Hank 5), WW2 and how they were decorated for their services, the high and low of their careers. And, of cours ...more
First, I was hoping for a double biography, learning about both men, Henry Fonda and James Stewart. Learning about what made these men who they are, what made them tick. Second, I hoped to learn about their experiences in Hollywood (for example, working with Hitchcock, classic movies, etc.). Their friendship and misadventures were probably third of my list. Still, wasn't I promised all this?
Little did I expect I would really n ...more
First, he has chronicled through interviews with their family members and friends and archival sources, that two individuals, especially two well-known celebrities who hold well-defined and differening political perspectives, can be friends, work together, raise their families together, still care and support one another when one is riding t ...more
Stewart had been a pilot before the start of WWII and it was the right thing for him to be drafted into the Army Air Corps. (The U. S. Air Force would be formed after the war.) ...more
1) He would deliberately ham up the stuttering, much like any star of his day (Davis's mannerisms, Crawford's masochism, Garland with song, etc.), he knew his idiosyncrasies were what his audience grew to expect
2) It was absolut ...more
The book is well crafted, and multiple aspects contribute to its success. The first is the unglamorous but essential research. Eyman used extensive interviews with both actors’ families as well as directors and o ...more
Intriguing stuff, once it gets going. Henry Fonda and James Stewart, two actors I admire greatly, in some of my all-time favourite Hollywood films. I never knew their relationship off the screen, and I was keen to learn about their lives, their craft, their friendship.
Told from both their perspectives, we learn about each in turn - how they grew up and into the acting 'scene', how they met, the initial struggles breaking into films, ...more
This book was mentioned on TCM - I think the host mentioned it when he did an intro to Rope (an amazingly directed movie with incredible acting by Stewart, but a less than stellar plot) and I was interested to pick it up. I think I knew going in that Hank and Jimmy were friends but I was interested to learn more about it.
They were true friends in every sense of the word. Friends ...more
I have always known that Fonda and Stewart were best friends - anyone who claims to be a classic film buff would know this. And, I m ...more
The acting profession fascinates me.
What I got most out of the book was the way these 2 guys aged---Henry Fonda was looking for ore acting work while dying of cancer. Jimmy spent the last 3 years of his life depressed that all of his friends (and wife) died.
I'd rather go down kicking and fighting like Henry.
To Jimmy, I would say get some young friends and develop those relationshi ...more
I have mixed feelings about this one. The subject matter is fascinating but the book kind of fell flat to me. Well-researched, well-organized and the transitions were smooth. Something was lacking though.
My full review here: http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2018/...
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Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again.
They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never ...more
Eyman, who specializes in biographies on some of Hollywood’s greatest figures --- John Ford, Cecil B. DeMille and John Wayne, to name just a few --- does a sweet job in portraying how these two icons came to their profession, contrary to the desires of their fathers (who eventually came aroun ...more
the two laconic men--tall, quiet, the very portrait of American values -- met as young collegiate in a college theatre group that hatched some of the icons of show business including Joshua Logan and Leland Heyward. Th ...more
Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable fil ...more
They were both tall and skinny, laconic and shy, loners, with the same sense of humor―wry and goofy. They shared an apartment in New York in the 30s with Myron McCormick and Josh...more
This had lots of aspects. First of all, it was a condensed biograp ...more
Among his other books are "Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer," "Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford," "Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise," and "The Speed of Sound" (all Simon & Schuster) and "John Ford: The Searcher" for Taschen.
He has l ...more