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.

Indiscrete

By Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman

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An American diplomat in London falls in love with an internationally-known actress. He is a man who has always avoided marriage by pretending to have a wife who will never give him a divorce.

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I'm No Angel

By Cary Grant, Mae West

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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.

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I Was a Male War Bride

By Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan

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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.

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Charade

By Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn

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A Parisienne finds her husband murdered. Four strange men are after her, and she is helped by a handsome stranger ... but is he hero, spy, or murderer?

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His Girl Friday

By Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell

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An unscrupulous newspaper editor uses every dirty trick in the book to keep his ace reporter/ex-wife from retiring and remarrying.

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Bringing Up Baby

By Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

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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.

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Arsenic and Old Lace

By Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Peter Lorre, Edward Everett Horton

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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.

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An Affair to Remember

By Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr

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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.

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Cary Grant: Hollywood's Leading Man

By A & E Television Networks

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"His debonair manner and classic good looks helped define the image of the leading man. But the suave actor came from distinctly unglamorous origins. Cary Grant was born in England, the son of working class parents. But the lure of a better life called, and at age 13 he ran away from home to join a song-and-dance-troupe. BIOGRAPHY retraces Grant's road to stardom, eventually making his way to America and the vaudeville stage before setting out for Hollywood. He made six films in his first year there, but the big break came when Mae West chose Grant as her co-star in She Done Him Wrong. He was soon one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. Clips from his more than 70 films highlight his remarkable career, which, despite appearances in classics like North by Northwest and The Philadelphia Story failed to win him an Academy Award. In revealing interviews, friends including John Forsythe and Peter Bogdanovich tell how his on-screen success did not always translate to off-screen happiness. From his unusual road to fame to the rumors that circulated after his death, this is a moving portrait of a silver screen legend."

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Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant

By Jennifer Grant

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Contents: The knee-jerk "no" -- Archives: the time machine -- 9966: freedom has a beautiful structure -- Butter and margarine -- Friendship is born of respect -- Friends and travel -- Smart women -- Racetrack -- Dodger days -- Acting -- Fame -- Fame, the lifestyle -- Society of gossips, or, mind your own business -- Mom & Dad, mad at the cookies -- The beautiful English woman in Dad's Jennifer-blue Cadillac -- Dad and Barbara -- The Grants -- It's okay to be a pip -- Dad and me: slow like stew -- Marbles now or horses later? -- The phantom pot smoke -- Don't marry the guy you break the bed with -- Polishing an Academy Award -- The Leach potato wart cure -- My father was a hottie -- Deeper waters -- Life with death

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