Since this is the ten year anniversary of the Shattered Lens, I’ve been making an effort to observe notable birthdays here on the site. I’m sad to say that somehow, I missed the birthday of Jimmy Stewart!
Jimmy Stewart was born on May 20th, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He’s my favorite of the Golden Age stars, not to mention the star of one of my top films of all time, It’s A Wonderful Life. He also served bravely in World War II and I think it can be argued that he was Jimmy Stewart before he went to war and James Stewart afterwards.
Anyway, better late than never, here’s a short 1954 film that Stewart narrated, Tomorrow’s Drivers. The film features a bunch of kindergarten kids learning how to drive. Apparently, it was a program designed to make sure that kids grew up with good driving habits and didn’t end up becoming a bunch of jerks like their parents. It actually seems like a good idea to me. Stewart doesn’t appear onscreen but he provides the narration for the film and, with his tone, he strikes just the right mix of whimsy and seriousness.