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A retrospective of the life and career of actor Cary Grant, including clips from his films and interviews with his friends and co-workers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ralph Bellamy ... Himself

Richard Brooks ... Himself

Michael Caine ... Himself - Host

Leslie Caron ... Herself
Stanley Donen ... Himself

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself

Cary Grant ... Himself (archive footage)

Deborah Kerr ... Herself

Stanley Kramer ... Himself

Eva Marie Saint ... Herself

Directed by
Gene Feldman 
Suzette Winter 
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Gene Feldman 
Suzette Winter 

Produced by
Stephen Janson .... associate producer
Stephen Janson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Arthur Kempel 
Sound Department
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Archie Leach to Cary Grant, 18 August 2004
Author: petershelleyau from Sydney, Australia

This Gene Feldman directed documentary on Cary Grant shows us Grant's Archie Leach origins as a Bristol vaudeville player, to reveal the transformation from acrobat to Hollywood romantic comedienne. However, beneath this surface change are only hinted at disturbances - Grant's sexual ambiguity, the effect of having an institutionalised mentally ill mother, and his relationship with women, involving his many wives and an observed wariness of the female sex.

The documentary covers Grant's career highlights, noting film milestones like She Done Him Wrong, Sylvia Scarlett, Suspicion, and North by Northwest, his perceived failure as a character actor, and tells of the anarchy behind the scenes of The Awful Truth, which was said to be made without a script. It also recognises Grant as one of the earliest freelance independent actors, a decision made to get out of his Paramount contract in the late 1930's, way before the studio studio collapsed in the 1950's.

Technically, we see Grant in Paramount publicity shorts, some titles are only represented by trailers, and there is even footage of Grant beseiged by paparazzi.

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