Arsenic And Old Lace
A hilariously absurd story, Arsenic & Old Lace tells of a newlywed dramatic critic (Cary Grant) in the big city who lives with two aunts (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair) and an uncle (John Alexander). Uncle Teddy is bonkers and thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt. The aunts think Teddy is the only one that's gone mad but, in fact, they have lost the plot themselves...for they have been murdering lonely elderly gentlemen in their own home and burying them in the cellar. When the nephew finds out, he goes a little weird himself in his attempt to figure out what to do about it. Everything gets worse when the long, lost delinquent brother (Raymond Massey) returns home after a prison escape and is looking for a place to live and to bury his most recent victim.
What the World War II-era film Air Force is to the skies, Destination Tokyo is to the seas. In the only military-action film he made during the war, Cary Grant plays Captain Cassidy of the U.S. submarine Copperfin, skippering his torpedo-laden thunderfish with courage and resourcefulness as it makes its battle-strewn way from San Francisco to the Aleutians and into the enemy's front yard. Under the trim, taut direction of Delmer Daves (his directorial debut), John Garfield leads a stellar array of co-stars as boys-next-door gone to war. "One of the most rousing, action-filled WWII films ever produced with a powerful cast and terrific story, Destination Tokyo remains a classic war drama to this day" (The Motion Picture Guide)
Night and Day (1946)
Swellegant and elegant. Deluxe and delovely. Cole Porter was the most sophisticated name in 20th-century songwriting. And to play him on screen, Hollywood chose debonair icon Cary Grant. Grant stars for the first time in colour in this fanciful biopic. Alexis Smith plays Linda, whose serendipitous meetings with Cole lead to a meeting at the altar. More than 20 Porter songs grace this tale of triumph and tragedy, with Grant lending his amiable voice to You're the Top, Night and Day and more. Monty Woolley, a Yale contemporary of Porter, portrays himself. And Jane Wyman, Mary Martin, Eve Arden and others provide vocals and verve. Lights down. Curtain up. Standards embraced by generations are yours to enjoy Night and Day.
North By Northwest
Cary Grant teams with director Alfred Hitchcock for the fourth and final time in this benchmark espionage journey judged one of the American Film Institute's Top-100 American Films. Grant plays a Madison Avenue advertising executive who becomes mistaken for a government agent by a team of spies led by James Mason. He unwillingly becomes involved in a series of misadventures and is pursued across the States by both the spies and the government whilst being helped by a beautiful secret agent (Eva Marie Saint). With new digital transfer and Dolby digital sound, this now has everything possible for a great movie: outstanding acting, stunning cinematography, fantastic stunts (the air-duster scene, and the Mount Rushmore finale), a brilliant score by Bernard Herrmann, and the perfect mixture of action, humour, and a dash of romance.
Cary Grant: A Class Apart
He could become a bloke or a blueblood, a comic or a cad, an ordinary Joe or an extraordinary hero with equal ease. But his greatest creation looms larger than any of his film roles. He became Cary Grant. The man, the myths, the movies. Cary Grant: A Class Apart celebrates the star's career and persona while not avoiding the controversy of his private life. Movie clips, rare home movies and other footage trace his journey from 'umble music-hall acrobat to Hollywood legend.
Colleagues (Ralph Bellamy, George Cukor, Stanley Donen, Howard Hawks, George Kennedy, Eva Marie Saint), wives (Barbara Grant, Betsy Drake), critics - they and others share anecdotes and insights. And excerpts from Grant's essays add perspectives from the fascinating and complex star who once said: "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I..."