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Cary Grant on Film (1999)

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Undoubtedly Cary Grant's greatest comedic role sees him as the savage editor and, in a switch, the reporter played by a scheming Rosalind Russell. The film moves at whirlwind speed, as ... See full summary »

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Undoubtedly Cary Grant's greatest comedic role sees him as the savage editor and, in a switch, the reporter played by a scheming Rosalind Russell. The film moves at whirlwind speed, as director Howard Hawks instructed his actors to overlap their lines, and move at twice the normal speed, thus conveying the urgency of the news world he was depicting. Also includes "Cary Grant on Film" documentary.

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A Paragraph in an encyclopedia
17 June 2004 | by someguy889See all my reviews

Cary Grant on Film is a 28 minute documentary-biography narrated by Larry Moss, found on the DVD Double Feature along with His Girl Friday. Just like most film biographies of movie legends, this is interesting. It would be hard for it not to be. This short focuses more on Cary Grant as the film star, not as Cary Grant the person. For the first 5 minutes, all you can do is listen to Larry Moss's voice as they show black and white pictures of Cary Grant sitting in all of the Cary Grant-ish poses. They show a lot of film trailers, including The Philadelphia Story, The Grass is Greener, and North by Northwest. But all of these trailers and all of the scenes that they show go much too long, at least for a 28 minute movie. Basically what this movie ends up being is something, no longer than a paragraph, you would read in an encylopedia. The best part comes when they show the trailer for The Bishop's Wife, in which they do not actually show clips from the movie but instead, well, you'll see. It ends with his own quote: "Every one wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." But this movie does not give us enough of Cary Grant to show us what that meant.

My grade: 7/10. I liked the trailers.


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