Monday, July 1, 2013


Jimmy Stewart Character or Victorian Villain?

James Maitland Stewart forever plays the creep you can’t help but love (has there been a more terrifyingly romantic stalker film than Vertigo?). What’s more, he’s played some rather English sounding creeps. From the following list, can you differentiate between Victorian villain and Jimmy Stewart character?

Will Lockhart1
John Chester2
Sam Burnett3
John Flower4
Bill Pettigrew5
Barry Lynch6
“Buttons” the Clown7
James Carker8
Mattie Appleyard10
Nicodemus Sedgett11
Elmer Clampett12
John Cross13
John Jasper14
John Horace Mason15
Maj. Baldwin16
Stephen Guest17
Tom Destry Jr.18
Henry Esmond19
Gilbert Young20
Arthur Huntingdon21
Percival Glyde22
Elwood P. Dowd23
George Vavasor24
Steve Martin25
Gaylord Esterbrook26
Rupert Cadell27
Henry Carson28
Marsh Williams29
Richard Dagworthy30
John O’Hanlan31

1Jimmy Stewart character, The Man from Laramie (1955)
2Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge (1841)
3Jimmy Stewart character, The Rare Breed (1966)
4Jimmy Stewart character, Rose-Marie (1936)
5Jimmy Stewart character, The Shopworn Angel (1938)
6Anthony Trollope, The Kellys and the O’kellys (1848)
7Jimmy Stewart character, The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
8Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son (1848)
9James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
10 Jimmy Stewart character, Fools’ Parade (1971)
11George Meredith, Rhoda Fleming (1865)
12Jimmy Stewart character, Small Town Girl (1936)
13 Jimmy Stewart character, Navy Blue and Gold (1937)
14Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870)
15Jimmy Stewart character, Made for Each Other (1939)
16James Stewart character, The Mountain Road (1960)
17 George Eliot, Mill on the Floss (1860)
18Jimmy Stewart character, Destry Rides Again (1939)
19William Makepeace Tahckeray, The History of Henry Esmond (1852)
20Jimmy Stewart, Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
21 Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
22Wilkie Collins, Woman in White (1860)
23Jimmy Stewart character, The Jackpot (1950)
24 Anthony Trollope, Can You Forgive Her? (1865)
25 Jimmy Stewart character, Thunder Bay (1953)
26Jimmy Stewart character, No Time for Comedy (1940)
27Jimmy Stewart character, Rope (1948)
28 Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton (1848)
29Jimmy Stewart character, Carbine Williams (1952)
30 George Gissing, A Life’s Morning (1888)
31Jimmy Stewart character, The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)

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Lisa Frank

At least 10 of these sound like minor Harry Potter characters.


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"If Bess and I had a son we'd want him to be just like Jimmy Stewart."
-Harry S Truman

"If I had a husband I'd want him to be just like Jimmy Stewart."
-Brave Potatoes


#23 is wrong! That's definitely from Harvey.

#9 sounds like booze


Thank you so much!@y


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If you guys like Gothic horror, you should definitely read The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. It's one of my favorites.


Obviously that bot that's trying to get me in an interracial marriage doesn't care for Jimmy Stewart.


Nooooo....Jimmy Stewart in nightmarish clown makeup, need some brain bleach. Brb, off to watch some Philadelphia Story to cleanse the horror...


I appreciate the interesting conjunctions in this list, and thus will proceed to take it all too seriously. Several of those Victorian "villains" are questionable, and one is downright wrong (Henry Esmond!?). Also, Jimmy Stewart does not "forever" play the creep; the very reason that "Vertigo" was so jarring is that it played against his usually endearingly harmless persona ("Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Philadelphia Story," It's a Wonderful Life," even "Rear Window," etc.).


@LooseBaggyMonster Sometimes when I watch Philadelphia Story, at some point in the middle I forget the ending and (SPOILER FOR MOVIE THAT IS LIKE 75 YEARS OLD, WATCH ALREADY IF YOU HAVEN'T) start rooting for Katharine Hepburn to wind up with him instead.

Either that or Elwood P. Dowd is my favorite role of his.


Also, Thackeray has a typo.

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