Here, he's perfectly Brylcreemed and cufflinked, pen held just so. I'm a grammar nerd; this photo simply makes my heart stop. I believe this is a promotional image for "His Girl Friday", which is maybe my favorite Cary Grant movie.
|Still pretty nimble all those years after the circus|
After a number of Broadway musicals, Grant got to Hollywood and was a leading man from the start. Mae West had to have him as her love interest in "She Done Him Wrong".
|All matinee idol softness via|
From 1932 to 1966 he was a big, big star in comedies, dramas and thrillers. And you can bet he had his choice of women--Cary married a whopping five times. I mean, seriously, after three times, is there even a point?
You can't blame him, or the ladies. Goodness, didn't he just age like fine wine!
In "To Catch a Thief", Cary is 49 to Grace Kelly's 25. But I'm 26 and I would absolutely have tried to jump his 49-year-old bones.
Directors kept wanting to pair him with the youngest, hottest starlets, and like a real gentleman, he was a little creeped out by the age difference between himself and actresses like Audrey Hepburn. He insisted that if he were to star in "Charade" next to her that she would have to be the one chasing him, lest he seem like a weird old lech. Good call, Cary. That of course went out the door when he later married a woman 47 years his junior. Yikes.
And now, the Hitchcock bit. For my New York readers, Film Forum is running a big Hitchcock festival until March 27, including some double features. Unfortunately, they're not showing "North by Northwest" anymore but you can still catch Cary onscreen. Check the movie schedule here.