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Dec 12, 2016

Today's Guest: Jimmy Hawkins, actor, It's a Wonderful Life

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of stutterers who claim they’re just practicing their Jimmy Stewart imitations … in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!

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It's a Wonderful Life: Pictured: James Stewart, Donna Reed (NBC Photo)

I have to admit I was a little surprised when I read up on actor Jimmy Hawkins’ life since he played Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart’s son, Tommy Bailey, in the holiday film classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. For example, did you know he later worked with Reed again as Shelley Fabares' boyfriend on eight seasons of TV’s “The Donna Reed Show”?

JIMMY HAWKINS audio excerpt: "It's a Wonderful Life was a nice set. You felt comfortable there. Frank Capra improvised quite a bit of that movie."

Or that he played sidekick to the King, Elvis Presley, in both Girl Happy and Spinout? He’s also written five books about It’s A Wonderful Life. One of my first guests on Mr. Media when it was a syndicated weekly newspaper column in 1996 was actress Karolyn Grimes, who played Hawkins’ sister, Zuzu, in It’s A Wonderful Life. And I’m delighted to bookend the movie siblings here on our show.

Jimmy Hawkins Order It's A Wonderful Life on DVD

Karolyn Grimes Interview with Mr. Media (1996)

It's a Wonderful Life: The Fiftieth Anniversary Scrapbook by Jimmy Hawkins, Mr. Media Interviews
Order It's a Wonderful Life: The Fiftieth Anniversary Scrapbook by Jimmy Hawkins, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!
Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman, Mr. Media Interviews
Order Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (2nd Edition) by Bob Andelman, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above!

 

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