Posts Tagged With: Cary Grant

Classy. Funny. Cary.

Cary Grant after finding a surprise in window seat (Arsenic and Old Lace, 1944)

Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, a leading actor needed at least one specific quality to fit in this privileged group of stars. He could be either funny, dashingly handsome, witty, elegant or tough, so any of these aspects could make one reach stardom. Continue reading

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The Screen Battle of the Sexes

happened_1749151cMany things happened during the 1930s. The first FIFA World Cup ever was held in Uruguay and won by its host. The Nazi Party won the German federal elections, an event which would eventually lead to World War II. The Prohibition in the US ended. In 1932, the first live-action film with Technicolor sequences, The Cat and the Fiddle, was released, and the Empire State Building opened its gates. And in 1934, Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night started a golden age for a whole new genre: the screwball comedy. Continue reading

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Retrospective: Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic_And_Old_Lace_PosterHalloween is approaching -sort of- and I cannot think of a better way to honour it than with a film classic like this Cary Grant comedy.

All right, so it is not really a “typical” Halloween film: it is not horror, nor a thriller, but it takes place on Halloween night, so that will do.

Honestly, I just want an excuse to talk about it.

Arsenic and Old Lace is mostly a vehicle for Cary Grant to show his great comical skills, his ability to deliver great lines with a stoical face and his body language. He was a genius, and this film, even though he never liked the final result, is the proof nowadays that Grand could own the screen without Katharine Hepburn by his side or Alfred Hitchcock directing.

But let me tell you a bit about the plot: Continue reading

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