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Monday, August 01, 2005

Mr. Smith was a G-Man

Well, I've contested that the protagonist in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was an anti-New Dealer, fighting the corrupt political machine that pulled the levers so their contributors could get the big government contracts. Well, it turns out that Jimmy Stewart just happened to be a volunteer for Hoover's G-men, spying on his fellow actors.

From Ace of Spades:

Screen legend JAMES STEWART worked as a secret agent for notorious FBI leader J EDGAR HOOVER, rooting out suspected communists from Hollywood, according to a damning new biography.

Hoover knew the VERTIGO actor was a Right-wing Republican and asked him to work undercover for the FBI in 1947, because Stewart's status as a famous, decorated war hero and officer in the American Army Air Force Reserve Corps made him the perfect choice to help flush out subversives in LA, Stewart's late wife GLORIA HATRICK McLEAN recalled.

And author MICHAEL MUNN's sensational expose, JIMMY STEWART: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LEGEND claims the star was so keen to assist Hoover, he spied on his closest friends, including CARY GRANT and director FRANK CAPRA, who directed his hit movie IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
Best quote:
It's A Wonderful Reference-Riff Update:[...]
- Every time a bell rings, some dirty Commie bastard is getting his kidneys worked over with a telephone book by some thickset FBI guy.

*Sniff*. Brings a tear to the eye, it does.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler