Cheyenne Social Club
Starring: James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Shirley Jones
Hugh School Auditorium
SATURDAY October 7th
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Admission by Festival Button Only
When an aging cowboy arrives in Cheyenne with his best friend he finds, to his embarrassment, that the successful business he has inherited from his brother is actually a house of prostitution.
Following the screening, Host Ben Mankiewicz will lead a discussion with author Scott Eyman about the film and it’s two stars, who are the subject of his new book, Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart. Eyman is a frequent book reviewer for The Wall Street Journal. He has written over a dozen books about the Golden Age of Hollywood, including what most consider the definitive biographies of both John Wayne and John Ford.
For Hank and Jim, Eyman spoke with Fonda’s widow and children as well as three of Stewart’s children. He interviewed actors and directors who had worked with both men and did extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not just another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else life threw at them.
Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart
New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman tells the story of the remarkable friendship of two Hollywood legends who, though different in many ways, maintained a close friendship that endured all of life’s twists and turns.
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 films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.
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 to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies’ man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.