Cary Grant does that for me.
I could go into a long history, but this isn’t that type of post. I understand CG had a really difficult childhood, trouble with relationships, but on-screen he was an elegant, yet somehow awkward, charming, and handsome leading man who could be romantic and comedic. Born in England as Archibald Leach (lovely name, imagine how that would have rolled off his tongue), Grant seemed to struggle with some identity issues and there were many rumours, but I never understand why anyone cares about the private lives of celebrities. All I know is I can watch a Cary Grant movie and be delighted. Isn’t that enough?
Grant was well-known for staying away from politics, and making statements, etc. There were some exceptions. He publicly spoke out against McCarthyism in 1953 when his friend Charlie Chaplin was blacklisted and in 1963 for better gun control after the assassination of his friend, President John F. Kennedy.
Grant was the first actor to break free of the studio system, refusing to sign back to a contract he became independent giving him control over his acting, producing, etc.
Here’s a sampling of my fav CG treasures…what are yours?
Blonde Venus Madame Butterfly She Done Him Wrong I’m No Angel Alice in Wonderland Born to Be Bad The Last Outpost
The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss Topper The Toast of New York The Awful Truth
Bringing Up Baby
Only Angels Have Wings His Girl Friday
The Philadelphia Story
Suspicion The Talk of the Town
Arsenic and Old Lace Notorious The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer The Bishop’s Wife
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House I Was a Male War Bride
Monkey Business To Catch a Thief
An Affair to Remember Houseboat
North by Northwest Operation Petticoat The Grass Is Greener
That Touch of Mink Charade Father Goose
Walk, Don’t Run