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Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man (1988)

A retrospective of the life and career of actor Cary Grant, including clips from his films and interviews with his friends and co-workers.
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Cary Grant was the very essence of a movie star - a man every woman loved and every man wanted to be. His deft comic style merged easily with his strength as a romantic leading man. But the suave exterior concealed a complex and often sensitive individual. Cary's painful journey from his lonely working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty is made vivid through family photos, archival footage, clips from many of his films -- including his first, following his discovery by blonde bombshell Mae West, starring role in She Done Him Wrong. Other movies include His Girl Friday, Notorious, An Affair To Remember, To Catch A Thief, North By Northwest, Charade, and more. Among friends and colleagues interviewed on-screen are Leslie Caron, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Deborah Kerr, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy, Stanley Donen, Richard Brooks and Stanley Kramer. Written by Zara Janson

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Great Cast Talking About Grant
29 July 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cary Grant: A Celebration of a Leading Man (1988)

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This documentary runs less than a hour and tries to cover the life and career of screen legend Cary Grant. Through film clips and interviews, we trace Grant's life from his early days of going by the name Archie Leach to various personal issues including his mother pretty much going crazy and giving him away, which turned the boy to the stage. We learn about his quick rise to fame in Hollywood and how he pretty much never lost that popularity. There's certainly nothing too ground-breaking about this documentary but there are a few major reasons to watch it, which I'll get to in a second. Basically this documentary just goes through various parts of Grant's filmmography and gives quick details about the movie and if anything special was going on in the star's life during this time. All of this is stuff most people will probably already know but what makes this film so special is the fact that it features numerous familiar names who actually worked with Grant and knew him. These type of interviews are really priceless and we get comments from the likes of: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Leslie Caron, Richard Brooks, Ralph Bellamy, Stanley Donen, Eva Marie Saint, Stanley Kramer and Deborah Kerr. Just seeing all of these famous faces and hearing their stories first hand certainly makes this film worth watching.


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