From 1947, James Stewart will watch for the FBI his comrades suspected of Communist sympathies. But the guilt will eat away at him ... The actor will express his torments and neuroses in Anthony Mann's westerns, including "I am an adventurer", which airs Wednesday, May 12 on OCS Géants.
But his return to earth in 1945 tasted bitter. Far from the boy-scout idealism displayed in Mr Smith in the Senate (1939), the actor is struggling to renew himself on the big screen. The reunion with Frank Capra in La vie est belle (1946) ended, before this tale became a classic, in a public failure. Disillusioned, Jimmy tries his luck by going on stage to play, in Harvey (the play will be adapted for the cinema in 1950 by Henry Koster), an alcoholic whose best friend is a giant rabbit. A reporter for the New York Times then headlines: "The Rise and Fall of James Stewart." Which would later say: "I couldn't continue to play those kinds of roles, it had gone on long enough. I had to get tough. "