REVIEWED: Hank & Jim

Hank

Hank & Jim by Scott Eyman (Film History/Bio, 2017).

Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart were, without question, two of the most gifted and popular actors of their era. While they had wildly different politics, in other ways they had a lot in common and they were close friends to the end. In this capably written and deeply researched book, veteran film historian and writer Scott Eyman captures each man’s inner self, details their often parallel lives and extraordinary careers.

There’s much of background interest here concerning where the two of them (and the coterie other often famed men and women in their circle) came from. Items of particular fascination for me included the long not-quite-love triangle between them and the woman they both adored, their wartime experiences and Stewart’s relationship with his father.

Interested in an account of screen legends that tells all without being trashy? This book fits the bill, quite well.

 

 

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