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GRANGER, Stewart

grangerOr Jimmy Stewart as was. And just like his transatlantic namesake, he was the finest example of the old fashioned, clean cut leading man you could hope to find under the Gainsborough Studio’s copious petticoats, as well as elsewhere. From top wartime-cum-regency shenanigans The man in Grey through Waterloo Road, The Prisoner of Zenda and such and such, all the way up to dotagetastic stuff like The Wild Geese and that gobsmacking turn as Prince Philip, via truly loopy nuns-in-speedboats thriller The Trygon Factor. A tip of the tricorn hat is well deserved.

Just to demonstrate the man’s versatility, palling about with John Wayne in comedy western (surely ‘northern’?) North to Alaska. It may not be the world’s greatest film (how many films starring Capucine and/or Fabian are in your personal top ten?) but the man mucks in with the brawls and wisecracks as gamely as he did with the breeches and foaming flagons back home.

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