Cary Grant

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood, except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. The real truth, however, was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he wouldn't see his mother again until he was in his late 20s). He left school at fourteen, lying about his age and forging his father's signature on a letter to join Bob Pender's troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920, was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the US. Their show on Broadway, "Good Times," ran for 456 performances, giving Grant time to acclimatize. He would stay in America. Mae West wanted Grant for She Done Him Wrong (1933) because she saw his combination of virility, sexuality and the aura and bearing of a gentleman. Grant was young enough to begin the new career of fatherhood when he stopped making movies at age 62. One biographer said Grant was alienated by the new realism in the film industry. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he had invented a man-of-the-world persona and a style--"high comedy with polished words." In To Catch a Thief (1955), he and Grace Kelly were allowed to improvise some of the dialogue. They knew what the director, Alfred Hitchcock, wanted to do with a scene, they rehearsed it, put in some clever double entendres that got past the censors, and then the scene was filmed. His biggest box-office success was another Hitchcock 1950s film, North by Northwest (1959) made with Eva Marie Saint since Kelly was by that time Princess of Monaco.

The database contains 720 images with Cary Grant, divided over 65 titles.

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1966 Walk Don't Run

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1964 Father Goose

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1963 Charade

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1959 Pillow Talk

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1958 Houseboat

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1958 Indiscreet

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1957 Kiss Them for Me

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1955 To Catch a Thief

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1953 Dream Wife

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1952 Monkey Business

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1950 Crisis

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1946 Notorious

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1946 Night and Day

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1943 Mr. Lucky

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1941 Suspicion

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1941 Penny Serenade

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1940 His Girl Friday

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1939 In Name Only

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1939 Gunga Din

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1938 Holiday

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1938 Bringing Up Baby

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1937 Topper

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1937 The Awful Truth

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1936 Wedding Present

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1936 Suzy

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1935 Sylvia Scarlett

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1935 Enter Madame

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1933 I'm No Angel

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1932 Hot Saturday

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1932 Blonde Venus

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1024 * 843 She Done Him Wrong 1933

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2454 * 1926 North by Northwest 1959

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2400 * 1821 Notorious 1946

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1785 * 2310 North by Northwest 1959

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1600 * 1200 The Bishop's Wife 1947

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3000 * 2338 Bringing Up Baby 1938

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680 * 540 Operation Petticoat 1959

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680 * 540 Operation Petticoat 1959

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680 * 540 Operation Petticoat 1959

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1600 * 1280 Holiday 1938

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1404 * 1800 Indiscreet 1958

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1241 * 1600 Notorious 1946

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2672 * 2001 Suspicion 1941

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1300 * 1695 Suspicion 1941

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1300 * 1624 Suspicion 1941

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990 * 785 The Philadelphia Story 1940

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2011 * 2635 Holiday 1938

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2761 * 2139 Bringing Up Baby 1938

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2122 * 2700 In Name Only 1939

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800 * 1200 That Touch of Mink 1962

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1600 * 1161 Arsenic and Old Lace 1944

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