Directors Henry Fonda vs. James Stewart - Best Performance Tournament

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  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    It's time for two of our most beloved cinema icons to go head to head! I'll give Jimmy the edge as he starred in the HTF favorites Vertigo and Rear Window, but with Once Upon a Time in the West and The Grapes of Wrath on his resume, we can't count Hank out...

    I've listed 12 films (their most popular) for each actor; we need sixteen films per so you guys get to pick the last four for each. Everyone gets ONE nomination and ONE second.

    We'll be voting on the best performance.


    Henry Fonda

    Fail-Safe
    Fort Apache
    The Grapes of Wrath
    Jezebel
    The Lady Eve
    The Longest Day
    Midway
    Mister Roberts
    My Darling Clementine*
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    On Golden Pond
    The Ox-Bow Incident
    The Tin Star
    12 Angry Men
    Young Mister Lincoln
    You Only Live Once



    James Stewart

    Anatomy of a Murder*
    Destry Rides Again]
    The Flight of the Phoenix*
    Harvey
    It's a Wonderful Life
    The Man from Laramie
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    The Philadelphia Story
    Rear Window
    Rope
    The Shop Around the Corner
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    The Naked Spur
    Vertigo
    Winchester '73
    You Can't Take It With You
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Nominate:

    Henry Fonda
    Fort Apache

    Jimmy Stewart
    The Naked Spur
     
  3. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Nominate:

    Henry Fonda - Midway

    James Stewart - Rope
     
  4. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    I'll 2nd Fort Apache

    Nominate
    James Stewart - The Man From Laramie
     
  5. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    Nominate:
    James Stewart - The Glenn Miller Story

    Second:
    James Stewart - The Naked Spur

    - Walter.
     
  6. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    A suggestion for a Jimmy Stewart nomination is, “Anatomy of a Murder”.
     
  7. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Which is one I'd second. [​IMG]
     
  8. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    I was going to nominate Anatomy of a Murder so I'll consider it in. My nom for Henry Fonda is the Fritz Lang film You Only Live Once. I don't think too many people have seen it but it is available on DVD from Image. It's a solid film and worth seeing. We need three more Fondas and two more Stewarts...
     
  9. Brad Porter

    Brad Porter Screenwriter

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    I could nominate either Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda from Firecreek or The Cheyenne Social Club, but my fading recollection is that neither of those films were particularly good. And neither of them really had a big standout role in How the West Was Won, so I'll skip that one as well.

    Nominate: Jimmy Stewart as Charlie Anderson in Shenandoah

    Second: The Man from Laramie

    Brad
     
  10. larry mac

    larry mac Stunt Coordinator

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    Don't know about Firecreek, but The Cheyenne Social Club is pretty amusing, and they both get to ham it up a little. I always enjoy seeing it and highly recommend it to anyone that likes those actors and hasn't seen it.
     
  11. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

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    Nominate
    Stewart - The Far Country

    second
    You Only Live Once

    suggestion for anyone who has seen it

    Fonda - There Was a Crooked Man
     
  12. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Okay, we still need two for Fonda, one for Stewart.

    I'm nominating The Spirit of St. Louis for Stewart (can't believe I forgot that one).

    One more nom and second for everyone.

    Edit: nominated Warlock for Fonda, though it's been a while since I've seen it...
     
  13. John C. Wilson

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    I'll second Rope with Jimmy Stewart and nominate After the Thin Man (an early an atypical role for him)
     
  14. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    In the spirit of moving things along, I’ll second:

    Midway
     
  15. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Sorry to interrupt your thread, but I just have to butt in with this info: My sister used to be Henry Fonda's personal secretary, from 1974 until the end. He and his wife Shirley offered her a suite of rooms in their Bel Air home, but she had to decline in order to remain eligible for state-funded dialysis treatments. The Fondas gave her a car, though.

    And one time a well-known actor by name of James Stewart called one afternoon. My sister answered, and Stewart asked, "Is this Dee?" Dee (my sister) was delighted. She later met Stewart a number of times.

    I have all sorts of stories to tell some other time.

    Now, back to your thread. Thank you.
     
  16. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Great stuff Jack—keep ‘em coming.
     
  17. SteveGon

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    Okay, Rope finishes the Stewart list.

    We need one more Fonda film. I'll leave it open until tomorrow morning, if we don't have a selection by then, I'll throw in Rollercoaster. Or maybe The Swarm. Tentacles, perhaps? [​IMG]
     
  18. Walter Kittel

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    Well?

    - Walter.
     
  19. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Okay, we'll give this a shot. (While I appreciate the interest shown by those who have posted, running one of these things with only a couple of people participating hardly seems worth the effort. But, we'll see what happens.)


    Round 1 - Bracket 1

    Midway - Fonda

    vs.

    The Flight of the Phoenix - Stewart
     
  20. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Interest in the tournaments seems to be on the wane. I’m not sure why, but we may be just getting into areas that are too specialized—though I would have thought that pretty much everyone would be up for two icons of American cinema.

    Midway, though I’m not a big fan of either film.
     

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