UPDATE: WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Hot off the presses is the latest book by acclaimed biographer, Scott Eyman, Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart, which chronicles the lives and careers of two of Hollywood’s most admired actors. I just finished Hank & Jim and couldn’t wait to share my thoughts on it. But first I must extend a thank you to Elizabeth Breeden of Simon & Schuster. Not only did Ms. Breeden send me a review copy of Hank & Jim, she offered three copies to give away on Once Upon a Screen. More on that in a moment.
I was particularly excited about reading Hank & Jim I adore the work of both Henry Fonda and James Stewart immensely. Individually each man’s filmography is astounding; collectively the two appeared in some of the greatest motion pictures ever made. Scott Eyman offers backstories for many of the outstanding productions they appeared in with enough detail to satisfy the historian in all of us. Most entertaining to me, however, is the chronology of the relationships both in and out of pictures for both men. For instance, the dynamics between Fonda and Margaret Sullivan and Margaret Sullivan and Stewart are particularly interesting.
Hank & Jim covers the entire span of both men’s careers. From stories of the two would-be actors become leading men, to the two going off to war and later returning forever changed – as were the industry and people they’d left behind.
The one constant throughout Hank & Jim is the friendship, however, one that persevered despite the different ideologies and temperaments of Fonda and Stewart. I enjoyed reading as much about their affection for cats and kite flying as I did about the parallels in their careers. Heartwarming stories abound such as those about an elderly, ill Hank Fonda complaining about the way Stewart forgets details of stories or the latter bringing vegetables from his own garden to his sick friend. Eyman’s book recounts two fascinating journeys honestly and vividly and by doing so ultimately explains why we ourselves are connected to Hank and Jim.
After having read several of Mr. Eyman’s books, all of which I’ve enjoyed, I can tell you he is one of those rare authors who appeals to the intellectual and the fan alike. He does it again with Hank & Jim. This is a compelling, entertaining read that possesses the solid, complex presence of Fonda and the laid-back charm of Stewart drawn from the author’s meticulous research. With little time on my hands I was barely able to put it down. I suspect I will be referring back to Hank & Jim again and again.
I have three copies of Scott Eyman’s Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart from Simon & Schuster to give away. I guarantee you that this is one you want to try for. All you have to do is…
- Leave a comment below – what are your favorite Fonda and Stewart roles?
- Share this post on either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr and tag me @CitizenScreen or Citizen Screen
Each share on another social media platform in one entry and you can enter as many times as you like. Each winner will be chosen at random on Sunday night (October 29). I will announce each week’s winner on this post and share it on the social media platforms mentioned above. If the winner turns out to be you, please be sure to contact me within a couple of days of that announcement by sending me your mailing address via email to: citizenscreenclassics (at) gmail.com. I will then forward that information to Elizabeth Breeden at Simon & Schuster so you can get your book as quickly as possible.
Note: This give-a-way is open to residents in the continental U.S. only. My apologies to my Canadian friends or those who live in Hawaii, Alaska or other far away places.
Here is a picture of the advanced technological method by which the winners were chosen…
I put the names in my TCM hat and my neighbor, who just happened to come by, agreed to pick three names. Here they are in order:
Rhonda (I don’t have a last name, but will search for it)
CONGRATULATIONS to the three of you and THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by for a visit and/or for joining the contest!