The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah on October 2, 1971 · Page 15
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Saturday. October 2, 1971 HOME'- ENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINERS, BOOKS, MUSIC. e / ce / em t COMPLETE TV SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 2 TO OCTOBER 9 New Series Finds Jimmy Stewart In College Setting HOLLYWOOD - Ask Jimmy Stewart why he never signed for a television' series until this year, and he grins as he says: "Nobody ever asked me." Actually, he's never had the time. But this year he made up his mind to try television Just because "I decided it was time to take a crack at it." So the lanky. actor will play a.n anthropology professor, James K. Howard, in NBC T e 1 e v i s i o n 's "The Jimmy Stewart Show." "I guess you could say I'm a slightly absent-minded professor," Stewart says of the character. SMALL COLLEGE He teaches at a small college in California which Stewart's fictional grandfather opened because he wanted s school named after him. Thus, Josiah Kessel College came Into being. Stewart chose this particular series because he liked the Idea and because it was created by Hal Kanler (producer of NBC- TV's "Julia"). ' "We've been friends for many years, I've always liked his work, and he has a good track record," says Stewart. Joining Stewart in the series are John McGiver, as a Nobel Prize-winning chemistry professor, Dr. Luther Quince; Julie Adams as Stewart's wife, Martha Howard; Jonathan Daly as his 29-year-old son, Peter; Ellen Geer. as his daughter-in- law, Wendy; young Dennis Larson as his 8-year-old son, Teddy, and Kirby Furlong as his 8-year-old grandson, Jake (son of Peter and Wendy), 3 GENERATIONS Many of the stories surround the problems involved in having a three-generation family living under one roof. This situation arises when Peter and Wendy's house burns down. They have to turn to Peter's father (Stewart) for shelter—although with some misgivings. Some of the stories will also pertain to the college. "We won't be dealing with riots or the generation gap though," says Stewart, "except perhaps to Rive passing mention to such situations. "Our aim is simply fo eiv- tertain, to tell a story, to present a family who like each other and try to get. along the best they can regardless of any. trying circumstances." MORE FILMS , Stewart isn't .giving up movies. He'll have time for' films once the series completes production in December, ' ''Henry Fonda manages television, movies and the theatre—there's no reason it can't be done." There's also the fact that Stewart picks his movie roles with care. "Many of the stories coming out now just aren't the type of movies that I would want to do. Plus I'm not of an age to be playing romantic leads. -After all, I don't want to rob the cradle." Stewart did like his most recent movie, his 75th, "Fool's Parade." It was released early Shis summer; He plays a convict who, on his release from prison, finds himself pursued by a would be killer. JOINS CAST Stewart first entered (he acting profession in 1932. He had just graduated from Princeton with a degree in architecture. He had also earned a scholarship (o return for studies for a master's degree. Almost by accident the "theater" intervened. The summer- after graduation he had an opportunity (o join the University Players in Falmouth, Mass. Henry Fonda had just left the group. Since Stewart had appeared in Princeton's Triangle Club productions, he was asked to take Fonda's place for the summer. Along the way he also won a small role in a play, "Carrie Nation," that went to Broadway for a short run. "After that I was hooked," Stewart recalls, LOW RENT He stayed In New York in an apartment with such' other ' ^ „ ^'•"'•SfH '" " ' —* '-. ' * ' r vJSwLt ' "I?.,',££ THE HOWARDS invite you to share their dinner hour with: them this Sunday night .at 6:30 p.m. on "The Jimmy,Stewart Show," over NBC-TV, Channel 2. Extending the invitation are (from left) Dennis Larson, Jonathan Daly, James Stewart, Julie Adams, Ellen Geer and Kirby Furlong. theatrical aspirants as Fonda and Joshua Logan. "Five of us shared, the apartment and we were amazed at our good fortune in getting the apartment for a low rent. Later we learned that the building was used by Legs Diamond for his headquarters— the apartment was just a cover and that was the reason for the low rent." Stewart spent three years on Broadway. One of his best roles was as Sgt. O'Hara in "Yellow Jack." In 1935 he tested for MGM one of a series of tests at various studios. MGM signed the slim acfor and promptly cast him in "Murder Man," starring Spencer Tracy. Jim had ninth billing. LITTLE ROLES Many other roles followed. "I'd get little roles in big movies and big roles in low budget movies.-" With "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" in. 1939, Stewart won an Academy Award nomination—in four short years he had become a major star, The following year he won the Oscar for "Philadelphia Story." Three pictures followed before Stewart enlisted as a private in the service—"Come Live With Me" with Hedy Lamarr, "ppt O'Gold" with Pauiette Goddard," and "ZiegfeldGirl" with Lana Turner, Miss Lamarr and Judy Garland.- Stewart gave up that life temporarily, March 21, 1941, when he donned the Army uniform—for the next four years he was only to see his erstwhile glamorous leading ladies as' pictures on military men's walls. 25 MISSIONS He flew 25 missions over enemy territory in B-24s and became a wing' commander •before his discharge as a colonel. He was later promoted to brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve, his rank when he was retired three years ago. After world War 15, Stesvart's acting career fook a new turn- particularly, he went into westerns and action movies. "People were getting tired of t h e nice-boy-next-door who somehow stumbles through to success and the hand of a beautiful girl." One of the girls in one picture, a western, "Bend of the River," was a pretty newcomer, Julie Adams. That was in 1952. Now, nearly 20 years later, Miss Adams portrays Stewart's wife in his television series. "I'm the luckiest lady In Hollywood," she says about playing opposite Stewart. Miss Adams -has starred in numerous motion pictures.;and television 1 shows. Her 'most recent movie ;is the yet-to-be- released Dennis Hopper picture, "The Last Movie." • • '/• ' Another luminary of .movies and television, John;' Mc.Giver, portrays Stewart's college sidekick, in ,the series as a fellow professor. McGiver also had top roles in such Broadway shows as "The Thurber Carnival," "The Front Page" (a revival), "Drink to Me Only," and "God and Kate Murphy." Jonathan Daly, as Stewart's oldest son, started in the 1950's on "The George Gobel Show.". He also spent four years in Australia as a top television star and was a regular on the last year of "Petticoat Junction." Miss Geer, daughter of actor Will Geer, has an extensive background in repertory theater and recently had costarring roles in two unreleased movies, "Harold and Maude" and "Kotch." The two youngsters, Dennis Larson and Kirby Furlong, are both new to the television screen (except for commercials done by Kirby), But at eight years of age, they have a long time ahead to accumulate credits,

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