Cary Grant Box Set
  • Cary Grant Box Set
  • Cary Grant Box Set

Cary Grant Box Set

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Cast: Cary Grant


Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage of supercharged star power. Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan play Linda and Julia Seton, two daughters of a very well-to-do family. Linda feels a bit lost in the shuffle as sister Julia prepares to marry self-made financier Cary Grant.See more details below

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Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage of supercharged star power. Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan play Linda and Julia Seton, two daughters of a very well-to-do family. Linda feels a bit lost in the shuffle as sister Julia prepares to marry self-made financier Cary Grant. Hepburn has always rebelled against her privileged trappings, and finds a kindred spirit in the unorthodox, iconoclastic Grant. On the verge of compromising his down-to-earth values with his marriage to the wealth-obsessed Nolan, Grant chooses instead to plight his troth with soul-mate Hepburn, celebrating his "liberation" by doing several cartwheels. Donald Ogden Stewart is careful to bring the pre-Depression frivolities of the Barry play up-to-date, first by changing the character of Grant's best friend (played in both films by Edward Everett Horton) from a lazy socialite to a dedicated professor, and by including several lines indicating how out of touch the privileged classes are--and choose to remain--with 1930s realities. The only element in which the remake does not improve on the original is in the casting of Hepburn's alcoholic younger brother; charming though Lew Ayres is in the 1938 film, he is still outclassed by Monroe Owsley in Holiday (1930). Katharine Hepburn managed to temporarily defray her "box office poison" onus when Holiday proved to be a success; alas, her next film, Bringing Up Baby (which reteamed her with Grant), was a financial bust, compelling her to return to Broadway--where she made a spectacular comeback in another Philip Barry play, The Philadelphia Story.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
One of the all-time-great comedies, His Girl Friday is a breakneck-paced joyride through the newspaper business, filled with some of the sharpest rapid-fire dialogue to ever grace the screen. Directed by Hollywood master Howard Hawks and adapted from the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, His Girl Friday stars Cary Grant as a newspaper editor who will stop at nothing to lure his former star reporter (Rosalind Russell) -- who also happens to be his ex-wife -- back onto the newspaper and into his life. Hawks's typically clean, unobtrusive direction gives the actors plenty of room to work, and they make the most of it, reveling in the witty repartee and sprinting gleefully through scenes of nonstop, overlapping dialogue that may set a words-per-minute record. The jaded view of the press that marked the original play survives intact, but Hawks's addition of a romantic story line (the Russell character was a man in The Front Page) turns the material into a battle of the sexes -- a classic of the form. Grant, of course, delivers his lines with effortless impeccability; his sense of comic timing is nothing short of perfect. Russell matches him stride for stride and line for line, making for the kind of combustible screen chemistry that is the stuff of legend. The Columbia DVD includes a commentary track and four short documentaries.
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One of the greatest screwball comedies of the thirties, The Awful Truth is arguably the archetypal example of this influential genre. The plot -- in which a gorgeous, sophisticated couple (played by Cary Grant and Irene Dunne) divorce, dabble with various Mr. and Miss Wrongs, and get back together again -- is the screwball formula distilled to its essence. Also exemplary are the film's opulent sets and costumes, and Grant's and Dunne's fabulously witty dialogue. Like the featured couple in most screwball comedies, Jerry and Lucy Warriner are made for each other, a fact reinforced mostly by their sublime bickering (and the supporting characters' futile attempts to keep up with them). Based on a stage play by Arthur Richman that had been filmed twice before, Vina Delmar's script ably supplies the two stars with choice barbs, and Leo McCarey's confident direction keeps the action moving from set piece to hilarious set piece. Grant and Dunne are, unsurprisingly, brilliant as the warring Warriners, though special mention must also be made of some of the actors playing their hapless suitors: Ralph Bellamy as the hayseed Dan Leeson (Bellamy would later play nearly the same role in Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday); Alexander d'Arcy as the hilariously insipid Armand Duvalle; and Joyce Compton as the incomparable Dixie Belle Lee. Nominated for six Oscars in 1938, the film walked away with only one, for McCarey. Mark Pittillo

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: His Girl Friday
1. Start [1:13]
2. Lord of the Universe [13:33]
3. Lunch With Walter [9:23]
4. Gentlemen of the Press [3:30]
5. $100,000 Policy [4:45]
6. Earl Williams Interview [2:41]
7. Miss Mollie Malloy [4:06]
8. Sheriff Peter B. Hartwell [1:42]
9. Watch Thief [3:26]
10. Dr. Max J. Egelhoffer [1:02]
11. Jail Break [6:23]
12. Masher [1:18]
13. The Mayor [1:46]
14. The Reprieve [4:10]
15. Earl Drops In [5:34]
16. Mrs. Baldwin [:42]
17. Giving Them a Story [:47]
18. Walter Takes Charge [3:00]
19. Out on Bail [2:41]
20. "Three Taps Is Me." [:54]
21. Roy B. Bensinger, Poet [2:55]
22. What Became of Mother [2:56]
23. The Third Degree [2:49]
24. Accusing the Mastermind [1:04]
25. Apprehending Williams [:47]
26. Under Arrest [1:30]
27. Pettibone Returns [2:17]
28. Noble Walter? [4:43]
Disc #2 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: Holiday
1. Start [1:22]
2. "It's Love, I Met the Girl." [3:24]
3. Right House, Wrong Door [1:55]
4. The Famous Mr. Ned [1:39]
5. A Man of the People & A Seton [4:46]
6. Telling Sister Linda Everything [2:07]
7. Breaking the News to Father [2:34]
8. In the Playroom [5:37]
9. Coaching Johnny [4:45]
10. Linda's Party Plan [1:34]
11. The Selling of Mr. Case [7:27]
12. Father's Decision [3:10]
13. The New Year's Eve Party [2:41]
14. Family History [1:58]
15. The Potters Arrive [2:58]
16. A Group of Very Unimportant People [3:32]
17. An Exclusive 5th Avenue Club [8:14]
18. Putting Linda in Her Place [1:52]
19. Johnny's Career Plan [3:20]
20. Taking a Moment With Linda [4:15]
21. "What's it Like to Get Drunk?" [2:45]
22. The Engagement Announcement [3:41]
23. At the Potters' [3:37]
24. The Setons Take Sides [3:13]
25. Linda & Ned [2:22]
26. Compromise? [2:16]
27. Calling the Whole Thing Off [7:02]
28. Linda Get Her Johnny [1:30]
Disc #3 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: Only Angels Have Wings
1. Start [1:58]
2. Talent Scouts [4:17]
3. Buying Bonnie a Drink [3:56]
4. Geoff Carter [3:05]
5. Not Good Enough [8:56]
6. Running an Airline [4:06]
7. "Who's Joe?" [4:09]
8. Specialty Act [2:39]
9. Goodbyes [8:05]
10. All Ashore [5:54]
11. Bat MacPherson [3:35]
12. The Kid Meets Bat [1:17]
13. Mrs. MacPherson [1:03]
14. Bat's Chance [2:54]
15. Grounded [5:17]
16. Air Rescue [4:33]
17. Torch Burns Brighter [6:54]
18. Smashed-Plane Test [5:24]
19. Gent Is Through [:00]
20. Nitro Flight [1:24]
21. Dousing the Flame [5:42]
22. In Geoff's Room [1:57]
23. Two-Headed Coin Trick [4:42]
24. Shot! [2:56]
25. Last Flight [4:08]
26. "Your Neck's Broken." [9:50]
27. "You're Crying." [8:05]
28. "Heads You Stay." [1:13]
Disc #4 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: The Awful Truth
1. Start [:59]
2. A Deep Florida Tan [1:26]
3. Yesterday's Mail [2:23]
4. "Armand's Car Broke Down." [4:40]
5. Great Offense Is a Great Defense [2:14]
6. Lucy's Divorce Lawyer [1:02]
7. Chancery Court [5:03]
8. Daniel Leeson, Stranger in Town [2:26]
9. Visiting Day [3:31]
10. Silly About Each Other [2:33]
11. Pardon His Intrusion [2:22]
12. Oklahoma Envy [1:41]
13. "My Dreams Are Gone With the Wind" [2:51]
14. Oklahoma Stomp [2:02]
15. "Home on the Range" [1:21]
16. A Little Business Proposition [1:34]
17. A Silly Story [2:44]
18. Jerry's Swell Reference [3:49]
19. A Poem for Lucy [3:22]
20. Crashing Lucy's Recital [1:55]
21. Daniel's Diploma [3:19]
22. Mr. Smith's Hat Trick [4:13]
23. Armand Hammered [2:15]
24. Barbara Vance, Madcap Heiress [5:18]
25. Crossed Wires [3:52]
26. Miss Lola Warriner [9:06]
27. "What Else Can Happen to Us?" [4:20]
28. An Innocent Night in the Country [8:03]
Disc #5 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: The Talk of the Town
1. Start [2:00]
2. Leopold Dilg Escapes [2:22]
3. Nora Shelley & The Fugitive [3:21]
4. An Evening With Michael Lightcap [15:10]
5. Early Morning Parade [8:14]
6. A Cook & A Stenographer [4:30]
7. Joseph the Gardener [3:52]
8. Supreme Court Appointment [6:20]
9. His Picture in the Paper [5:23]
10. At the Ballpark [2:35]
11. Chess & Argument [4:11]
12. Right Scent, Wrong Man [4:25]
13. Borscht With an Egg on It [1:29]
14. At the Factory Ruins [4:23]
15. Inviting Nora to Washington [1:11]
16. His Identity Revealed [10:34]
17. In Sam's Office [2:07]
18. The Beard Comes Off [:58]
19. Regina in Mourning [3:07]
20. Dancing With Miss Bush [2:56]
21. Back in the Attic [:20]
22. Roadblock [5:54]
23. Clyde Bracken, Alive & Well [3:30]
24. Dilg Captured [2:50]
25. Lightcap's Resolution [3:28]
26. Justice Prevails [2:04]
27. In Chambers [3:08]
28. Nora Gets Her Man [4:57]

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