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"Great Performances" James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)

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Original Air Date:
13 March 1987
A retrospective on the life and career of actor James Stewart, with clips from many of his films and interviews with people who have worked with him. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

James Stewart ... Himself

Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself

Carol Burnett ... Herself

Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself

Clint Eastwood ... Himself

Sally Field ... Herself

Katharine Hepburn ... Herself

Gene Kelly ... Himself

Walter Matthau ... Himself
Ramsay D. Potts ... Himself

Nancy Reagan ... Herself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself

Lee Remick ... Herself
Gloria Stewart ... Herself

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Heeley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John L. Miller  writer

Produced by
David Heeley .... producer
Joan Kramer .... producer
Other crew
Don Shump .... production aide

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Additional Details

West Germany:86 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Very Good, 24 May 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Johnny Carson hosts this nice tribute to actor James Stewart. The film shows clips from his most popular movies (with the exception of Rear Window, which was in rights troubles at the time) and features interviews with various co-stars and friends including Peter Bogdanovich, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Carol Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Richard Dreyfuss, Sally Field, Walter Matthau, Gene Kelly, Lee Remick and Katharine Hepburn. We get all sorts of nice stories told but the real highlight is Carson walking and talking with Stewart himself. An earlier interview is also shown with Stewart where he reveals various things including saying that Jean Harlow was the best kisser he was ever with in a movie. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington gets a lot of attention and Dreyfuss shares a lot of interesting thoughts about it. The Western's of Stewart's also get a lot of talk and some nice information is shared including the fact that he wore the same hat through most of these films. Oh yeah, Harvey makes a special appearance as well.

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