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James Stewart, Kincardineshire, 1959

20 May
James Stewart

James Stewart, Kincardineshire, Wednesday October 28, 1959 (c) Herald & Times Group

It’s a miracle this photograph of James Stewart exists, given that he came to Scotland for five days in the autumn of 1959 with no fanfare or fuss – only a passing mention in the Daily Record at the start of that week. Accompanied by a picture of him with his wife Gloria in London, the item quoted the 51-year-old star of such all-time-great movies as It’s a Wonderful Life as saying: “I don’t know anybody in Scotland. I’ll be staying in Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, just relaxing and shooting.”

At the time of his visit, Stewart had most recently been seen on Scottish screens in the masterful psychological thriller Vertigo, the last in a run of films he made with Alfred Hitchcock in the 1950s. His latest film was Anatomy of a Murder, the Otto Preminger-directed courtroom drama which had been causing an unprecedented amount of controversy back home in the States, since it dealt quite explicitly with the subject of rape.

Like the character he played in Anatomy of a Murder, Stewart was very much the outdoors type who liked to escape to the countryside to relax. It’s probable that his Scottish sejour was the antidote to the media hoopla that followed the new film as it opened around the world through the second half of 1959.

The Bulletin caption for this photo simply reported that Stewart had thoroughly enjoyed a day’s pheasant shooting on the moors of Kincardineshire. Later he said: “We bagged three or four. I confess we saw plenty which are still flying.”

(c) Alison Kerr (2013). This photo, along with 15 others, can currently be seen in the Stars in Scotland exhibition at the Dunoon Film Festival.

Stars in Scotland @ the Dunoon Film Festival

15 May

Dunoon Film Festival launch - programme & fizzI’m absolutely thrilled about the fact that the very first exhibition of Stars in Scotland (featuring photos of movie stars in locations all over the country) is now up and running  in the town of Dunoon, in its lovely Burgh Hall.

The exhibition was commissioned to tie in with the inaugural Dunoon Film Festival, which will run from June 14-16. The launch of its terrific programme, last Thursday evening, also marked the opening of the exhibition which will run through to the end of the festival weekend.

The cast of stars who have sailed “doon the watter” to Dunoon includes some photos which have not been seen for over half a century. Film buffs might be tickled by the fact that we”ve got three Hitchcock movies’ worth of stars in the shape of James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and James Mason.

Not only do we have the trio of stars from The Philadelphia Story (Stewart, Grant plus Katharine Hepburn) but we also have the stars of its musical remake, High Society (Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly). You can also see two great Hollywood couples – Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton and Elsa Lanchester & Charles Laughton. Among the other stars featured are Judy Garland, Mae West, Sophia Loren and Deborah Kerr. All snapped in Scotland, by photographers from the sister papers the Evening Times, the Bulletin and The Herald.

Here are some photos taken at the opening. Stars in Scotland @ Dunoon - gallery

Stars in Scotland @ Dunoon - Hepburn, Burton

Stars in Scotland @ Dunoon  - James Mason

Stars in Scotland @ Dunoon launch - Bing visibleAll photos (c) Jean Donaldson, Powan Media.

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