Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy birthday, Cary Grant

Born as Archibald Leach on 18 January 1904 in England, died as Cary Grant on 29 November 1986 in America. He shared a house with Randolph Scott and married five times (Dyan Cannon was #4) so was perhaps the George Clooney of his generation. 

Here he is in one of my favourite films, His Girl Friday (1940) with Rosalind Russell (the director was Howard Hawks, script by Charles Lederer from the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur). The overlapping dialogue predates Robert Altman by a few years. Sample quote:
“You had to marry me and spoil everything.”