Manhattan, 1932

A quick recap of the lives of a young Henry Fonda & Jimmy Stewart, and how Irving Berlin’s God Bless America was conceived.

The summer of ’32, when Hank Fonda and Jim Stewart shared a small walkup in Hell’s Kitchen (Hank just fresh of his divorce from M. Sullivan), they caroused and palled around together through slim times where J. Stew couldn’t find anything but bit parts way off Broadway and Fonda had to sell blood for a bottle of scotch to keep them company for the night. Jims had a gangly and stuttering way of comporting himself that was off-putting to others, with not even a fin for meat and/or potatoes to add to his rangy frame.

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