Cary Grant

Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English-born American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He was known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. Grant was born in Horfield, Bristol. He became attracted to theater at a young age and began performing with a troupe known as "The Penders" at age six. At the age of 16, he went as a stage performer with the Pender Troupe for a tour of the US. After a series of successful performances in New York City, he decided to stay there. He established a name for himself in vaudeville in the 1920s and toured the United States before moving to Hollywood in the early 1930s. Grant initially appeared in crime films or dramas such as Blonde Venus (1932) with Marlene Dietrich and She Done Him Wrong (1933) with Mae West, but later gained renown for his performances in romantic and screwball comedies such as The Awful Truth (1937) with Irene Dunne, Bringing Up Baby (1938) with Katharine Hepburn, His Girl Friday (1940) and The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Hepburn and James Stewart, often with some of the biggest female stars of the day. These films are frequently cited among the greatest comedy films of all time.[2] Other well-known films in which he starred in this period were the adventure Gunga Din (1939) and the dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). He also began to move into dramas such ...

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North by Northwest (1959)

ClassicThrillingFast pacedSuspenseful

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  James Mason  •  Jessie Royce Landis

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  James Mason  •  Jessie Royce Landis

To Catch a Thief (1955)

ClassicEnjoyableRomanticCharming

An ex-thief is accused of enacting a new crime spree, so to clear his name he sets off to catch the new thief, who’s imitating his signature style.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Grace Kelly  •  Jessie Royce Landis  •  John Williams

An ex-thief is accused of enacting a new crime spree, so to clear his name he sets off to catch the new thief, who’s imitating his signature style.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Grace Kelly  •  Jessie Royce Landis  •  John Williams

An Affair to Remember (1957)

RomanticClassicEnjoyableTear-jerker

Nickie Ferrante's return to New York to marry a rich heiress is well publicized as are his many antics and affairs. He meets a nightclub singer Terry McKay who is also on her way home to her longtime boyfriend. She sees him as just another playboy and he sees her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leo McCarey
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Richard Denning  •  Neva Patterson

Nickie Ferrante's return to New York to marry a rich heiress is well publicized as are his many antics and affairs. He meets a nightclub singer Terry McKay who is also on her way home to her longtime boyfriend. She sees him as just another playboy and he sees her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leo McCarey
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Richard Denning  •  Neva Patterson

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

EpicFast pacedFunnyBrilliant

Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Priscilla Lane  •  Raymond Massey  •  Jack Carson

Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Priscilla Lane  •  Raymond Massey  •  Jack Carson

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

UpliftingClassicCuteFun

David Huxley is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Cary Grant  •  Charles Ruggles  •  Walter Catlett

David Huxley is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance, and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Cary Grant  •  Charles Ruggles  •  Walter Catlett

Charade (1963)

HeistRomanticClassicSlow moving

After Regina Lampert falls for the dashing Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Walter Matthau  •  James Coburn

After Regina Lampert falls for the dashing Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Walter Matthau  •  James Coburn

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Father Goose (1964)

CharmingClassicRomanticFun

During World War II, South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Leslie Caron  •  Trevor Howard  •  Jack Good

During World War II, South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Leslie Caron  •  Trevor Howard  •  Jack Good

Gunga Din (1939)

British army sergeants Ballantine, Cutter and MacChesney serve in India during the 1880s, along with their native water-bearer, Gunga Din. While completing a dangerous telegraph-repair mission, they unearth evidence of the suppressed Thuggee cult. When Gunga Din ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Victor McLaglen  •  Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  •  Sam Jaffe

British army sergeants Ballantine, Cutter and MacChesney serve in India during the 1880s, along with their native water-bearer, Gunga Din. While completing a dangerous telegraph-repair mission, they unearth evidence of the suppressed Thuggee cult. When Gunga Din ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Victor McLaglen  •  Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  •  Sam Jaffe

His Girl Friday (1940)

SmartRomanticClassicLighthearted

Hildy, the journalist former wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns, visits his office to inform him that she's engaged and will be getting remarried the next day. Walter can't let that happen and frames the fiancé, Bruce Baldwin, for one thing after another, to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Ralph Bellamy  •  Gene Lockhart

Hildy, the journalist former wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns, visits his office to inform him that she's engaged and will be getting remarried the next day. Walter can't let that happen and frames the fiancé, Bruce Baldwin, for one thing after another, to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Ralph Bellamy  •  Gene Lockhart

Houseboat (1958)

An Italian socialite on the run signs on as housekeeper for a widower with three children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melville Shavelson
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Sophia Loren  •  Martha Hyer  •  Harry Guardino

An Italian socialite on the run signs on as housekeeper for a widower with three children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melville Shavelson
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Sophia Loren  •  Martha Hyer  •  Harry Guardino

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Capt. Rochard tries to return to America with the other female war brides. Zany ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ann Sheridan  •  Marion Marshall  •  Randy Stuart

Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Capt. Rochard tries to return to America with the other female war brides. Zany ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ann Sheridan  •  Marion Marshall  •  Randy Stuart

In Name Only (1939)

A wealthy man falls for a widow but is locked into a loveless marriage with a woman who has contrived to convince his parents she is the ideal wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Carole Lombard  •  Cary Grant  •  Kay Francis  •  Charles Coburn

A wealthy man falls for a widow but is locked into a loveless marriage with a woman who has contrived to convince his parents she is the ideal wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Carole Lombard  •  Cary Grant  •  Kay Francis  •  Charles Coburn

Indiscreet (1958)

CharmingClassicFunSimple

Anna Kalman is an accomplished actress who has given up hope of finding the man of her dreams. She is in the middle of taking off her face cream, while talking about this subject with her sister, when in walks Philip Adams. She loses her concentration for a moment ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Cecil Parker  •  Phyllis Calvert

Anna Kalman is an accomplished actress who has given up hope of finding the man of her dreams. She is in the middle of taking off her face cream, while talking about this subject with her sister, when in walks Philip Adams. She loses her concentration for a moment ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Cecil Parker  •  Phyllis Calvert

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

An advertising executive dreams of getting out of the city and building a perfect home in the country, only to find the transition fraught with problems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. C. Potter
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Myrna Loy  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Reginald Denny

An advertising executive dreams of getting out of the city and building a perfect home in the country, only to find the transition fraught with problems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. C. Potter
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Myrna Loy  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Reginald Denny

Mr. Lucky (1943)

A conman poses as a war relief fundraiser, but when he falls for a charity worker, his conscience begins to trouble him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. C. Potter
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Laraine Day  •  Charles Bickford  •  Gladys Cooper

A conman poses as a war relief fundraiser, but when he falls for a charity worker, his conscience begins to trouble him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. C. Potter
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Laraine Day  •  Charles Bickford  •  Gladys Cooper

My Favorite Wife (1940)

Seven years after a shipwreck in which she was presumed dead, Ellen Arden arrives home to find that her husband Nick has just remarried. The overjoyed Nick struggles to break the news to his new bride. But he gets a shock when he hears the whole story: Ellen spent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garson Kanin
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Randolph Scott  •  Irene Dunne  •  Gail Patrick

Seven years after a shipwreck in which she was presumed dead, Ellen Arden arrives home to find that her husband Nick has just remarried. The overjoyed Nick struggles to break the news to his new bride. But he gets a shock when he hears the whole story: Ellen spent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garson Kanin
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Randolph Scott  •  Irene Dunne  •  Gail Patrick

Notorious (1946)

RomanticCuteEmotionalEpic

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Claude Rains  •  Louis Calhern

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Claude Rains  •  Louis Calhern

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Geoff Carter is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a descredited aviator who arrives with his wife, Carter's ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee tries to get close to the emotionally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Jean Arthur  •  Richard Barthelmess  •  Rita Hayworth

Geoff Carter is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a descredited aviator who arrives with his wife, Carter's ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee tries to get close to the emotionally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Jean Arthur  •  Richard Barthelmess  •  Rita Hayworth

Operation Petticoat (1959)

A World War II submarine commander finds himself stuck with a damaged sub, a con-man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Tony Curtis  •  Joan O'Brien  •  Dina Merrill

A World War II submarine commander finds himself stuck with a damaged sub, a con-man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Tony Curtis  •  Joan O'Brien  •  Dina Merrill
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