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By Jordon Bond | June 6, 2024

It’s a Wonderful Life has grown to be one of the most beloved Christmas films amongst movie lovers, but many are unaware of the circumstances leading up to James Stewart starring in the movie. The short film Jimmy, from writer/director Luke J. Salewski, depicts the events that steered the beloved actor towards auditioning for the classic. This is a unique snapshot in the histories of both the iconic actor and legendary director, capturing a significant turning point in the latter half of Stewart’s career.

“…the circumstances leading up to James Stewart starring in the movie.”

A shaky James Stewart (Jared Hernandez) pacing back and forth, reciting lines outside a Hollywood sound stage. He’s ushered onto the sound stage, where he faces an intimidating figure. Across the table is the infamous director John Ford (Michael Lippman), who is looking on with a scowl. With trembling hands, Jimmy struggles to recall his lines and forces out a performance as gunfire and the sounds of war echo through his mind. Jimmy is clearly facing post-traumatic stress symptoms from his recent service with the army in WWII.

Jimmy effectively addresses mental health through the lingering trauma that Stewart may have faced after returning from the front lines of WWII. Hernandez shows the anguish the character feels. The cinematography is classical, going for a Ron Howard or Steven Spielberg look. A swelling emotional score and heartfelt dialogue accompany the heavy but ultimately uplifting tone. While teetering on being sappy, the great performances make this memorable.

Jimmy (2024)

Directed and Written: Luke J. Salewski

Starring: Jared Hernandez, Michael Lippman, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…effectively addresses mental health..."

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  1. kenR says:

    If left as largely factual, this could be more interesting than most.

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