Who Was Cary Grant, Anyway?

I almost fell off my chair when a young staff member asked me that. Then it dawned on me that she wasn’t born in 1986 when the great leading man died. Thank Heavens for video recordings and DVDs! Born Archibald Leach, the actor left his home in Bristol, England, at the age of fourteen to join an acting troupe. Grant traveled with the troupe to the United States in 1920 for a two-year tour; when the troupe returned to Britain, Grant decided to stay. After some success in light Broadway comedies, he came to Hollywood in 1931, where he acquired the name Cary Grant. The rest is show business history. His enduring good looks, versatility as an actor, and the charm he projected from the big screen made him the greatest of movie stars. Grant was nominated for two Academy Awards in the 1940s, and was honored in 1970 with a special Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 1981, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.

The Awful Truth

By Irene Dunne, Cary Grant

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A separated couple sabotages each other's love affairs while waiting for their divorce decree to become final.

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Topper

By Constance Bennett, Cary Grant

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George and Marion Kerby, a sophisticated and playful couple, become ghosts and haunt the life of stuffy banker Cosmo Topper.

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To Catch a Thief

By Cary Grant, Grace Kelly

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Hitchcock cast his two favorite stars in this thriller. A retired American jewel thief living on the French Riviera seeks to prove his innocence by exposing the burglar who has been imitating his technique. Grace Kelly is the American heiress who wants to catch him--first as the burglar, and then as a husband.

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The Philadelphia Story

By Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

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A sophisticated screwball comedy, rife with smart dialogue, The Philadelphia Story centers on the society event of the season: the second marriage of icy, judgmental, moneyed socialite Tracy Lord to nouveau riche George Kittredge. Her first husband, suave and devilish C.K. Dexter Haven, complicates matters by finagling wedding invitations for incognito reporter Mike Connor and his photographer Liz Imbrie, to do a tell-all exposé. But Haven's motives for giving the tabloid access to Tracy's big day may not be as mercenary and mean-spirited as they first appear.

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The Bishop's Wife

By Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven

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Cary Grant stars as an angel who materializes in answer to the prayers of a harried young bishop, David Niven. Niven's efforts to raise money for a new cathedral have endangered his marriage to beautiful Loretta Young. Grant enters the bishop's household hoping to end the problems plaguing the family, but instead the bishop's negelected wife becomes infatuated with him.

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That Touch of Mink

By Cary Grant, Doris Day

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Cathy Timberlake is an old fashioned country girl who meets suave businessman, Philip Shayne, when his car splashes mud on her on her way to a job interview. A romance ensues, but Philip is only interested in an affair. Cathy is only interested in marriage. It’s a Doris Day movie - what else would you expect? This 1962 comedy features a wonderful performance by Audrey Meadows and appearances by Mickey Mantel, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra.

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Notorious

By Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains

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A beautiful woman with a tainted past is enlisted by American agent Devlin to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex. Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he has loved her all along.

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North by Northwest

By Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

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Advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent by a gang of spies. He gets involved in a series of misadventures and is pursued across the States by both the spies and the government as he is being helped by a mysterious blonde. This Hitchcock thriller is on the American Film Institute's Best 100 Films list.

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My Favorite Wife

By Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott

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A funny thing happens to Nick on his way to his honeymoon suite. He meets his wife. No, not his bride. He meets the wife that was lost at sea seven years ago and presumed dead.

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

By Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas

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Cary Grant plays a successful New York advertising executive who wants to escape his current living situation. He decides to design his own dream house in the suburbs and the project turns wrong when the bills never end and the problems never stop.

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