Fan of Cary Grant? Me, too! Nothing cheers me more than seeing the classic actor in a movie from way back when. Especially when he’s paired with some of my favorite female movie stars, like Doris Day in “That Touch of Mink” and Katharine Hepburn in “The Philadelphia Story.”
“The Cary Grant Film Collection” is out on DVD today, and includes six truly classic films. If you haven’t seen these yet, this is a perfect opportunity to get them all in one set. And ditto if you have seen them.
Movies in “The Cary Grant Film Collection” include:
- “Born To Be Bad” (1934). Grant stars with Loretta Young in this romantic drama about seduction, jealousy and blackmail.
- “People Will Talk” (1951). Jeanne Crain co-stars in this dramedy that finds Grant falling in love with Debra, a student who learns she’s pregnant by her old boyfriend. Scandalous!
- “Monkey Business” (1952). Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe co-star in this comedy about a chemist who finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.
- “An Affair to Remember” (1957). Sigh … Deborah Kerr co-stars in this romance about a couple who fall in love and agree to meet in six months at the Empire State Building.
- “Kiss Them for Me” (1957). Jayne Mansfield co-stars in this fun movie about three decorated Navy pilots who finagle a four day leave in San Francisco.
- “I Was a Male War Bride” (1949). Ann Sheridan co-stars in this WWII comedy, and it’s one of the funniest movies ever made, both in physical comedy and snappy banter. Here’s a clip:
Here are eight facts you may not know about the legendary Cary Grant:
1. From 1932 to 1942, he shared a house with Randolph Scott, whom he met on “Hot Saturday” in 1932. Scott often jokingly referred to Grant as his spouse. The 1940 census report shows Scott as head of household and Grant as his partner.
2. He loved the board game “Trivial Pursuit,” and played it shortly before his death in 1986.
3. He never said the words “Judy, Judy, Judy.” The famous quote is actually attributed to Larry Storch, a professional impersonator who greeted Julie Garland as she walked in during one of his comedy sets.
4. Cary was actually British, and became a U.S. citizen on June 26, 1942, changing his name from Archie Leach to Cary Grant.
5. He was offered the role of James Bond in “Dr. No,” but turned it down because at 58, felt he was too old. Ian Fleming is said to have modeled Bond partially after Grant.
6. He starred in 72 films throughout his career and never played the role of the villain.
7. Alfred Hitchcock is rumored to have said of Grant, “He’s the only actor I ever loved in my whole life.”
8. He donated his entire salary from the film “Arsenic and Old Lace” to the U.S. war relief fund.
Thank you for continuing to cheer up the world with your talent and debonair style, Cary!
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