Mae West is Tira, a bold dancing girl and lion tamer for a small circus. In order to make some more money she puts her head into a lion’s mouth. The fame this brings takes Tira and the circus to New York where she can find some wealthy boyfriends. A very young Cary Grant plays one of her admirers. Grant’s success in his early films with Mae West propelled his career into stardom.
During a postwar mission in Germany, French army officer Herni Rochard and American WAC lieutenant Catherine Gates find that their mutual antagionism changes into love. They decide to marry just when Catherine is ordered home, which presents a far greater obstacle to Henri than a postponed honeymoon. They soon learn the only way he can enter the U.S. is through the Congressional act governing war brides which leaves the resourceful Catherine only one alternative: disguise her husband as a sister WAC. Howard Hawks directed this movie which gave Grant an opportunity for some of his silliest physical humor.
Katherine Hepburn stars with Cary Grant in this madcap comedy about the giddy heiress in pursuit of a stuffy paleontologist as they both try to recapture her pet leopard Baby. Howard Hawks directed this fabulously silly film.
By Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Peter Lorre, Edward Everett Horton
Frank Capra directed this film adaptation of the popular stage play by Joseph Kesselring. Cary Grant is mild mannered drama critic Mortimer Brewster reluctant to marry his sweetheart because his family is so very odd. He finds that they’re odder than he knows. His uncle believes himself to be Theodore Roosevelt, digging the Panama Canal in the basement. Mortimer finds that his two elderly aunts have been poisoning homeless men and burying them in Teddy’s “canal”. When his escaped criminal brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) shows up with his sinister plastic surgeon (Peter Lorre) things get really interesting.
A handsome bachelor and a caberet singer meet on a luxury liner bound for New York. Although both are involved with other people, they fall in love. When the ship docks they agree to meet in six months, remaining apart as a test of their love. But a tragic accident keeps them from their rendevous and leaves their future uncertain.
Also available on DVD. The DVD version is loaded with extras: commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax; Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1936 wtih Newsreel; "Bullets or Ballots" theatrical trailer; musical short "Rhythmitis", cartoon "The Coo Coo Nut Grove"; new featurette: The Petrified Forest: Menace in the Desert; 1/7/1940 Gulf screen theater broadcast starring Bogart, Tyrone Power and Joan Bennett; includes original theatrical trailer.
By Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea
Based on the play by Lillian Hellman, this is the story of Regina Giddens, a woman who will stop at nothing to outwit her brothers in running the family business, even if it means sacrificing the health of her husband or the love of her young daughter.