The Cary Grant Box Set

( 7 )

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
DVD
$39.19
BN.com price
(Save 30%)$55.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (11) from $15.98   
  • New (6) from $24.98   
  • Used (5) from $15.98   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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.
Barnes & Noble
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
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • UPC: 043396134157
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Time: 8:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,450

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant
Read More Show Less

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]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: His Girl Friday
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Film Critic and Author Todd McCarthy Commentary: On
      Film Critic and Author Todd McCarthy Commentary: Off
      Featurettes
         On Assignment: "His Girl Friday"
         Howard Hawks: Reporter's Notebook
         Rosalind Russell: The Inside Scoop
         The Funny Pages
      Vintage Advertising
      Previews
         His Girl Friday
         Premiere Frank Capra DVD Collection
   Previews
      His Girl Friday
      Premiere Frank Capra DVD Collection
Disc #2 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: Holiday
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Korean
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cary at Columbia
      Deleted Scenes Photographs
      Previews
         It Happened One Night
         His Girl Friday
         Sense and Sensibility
Disc #3 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: Only Angels Have Wings
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Preview
         Premiere Frank Capra DVD Collection
         The Best of World War II Movies
      Featurette: "Angels: Made in Heaven"
Disc #4 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: The Awful Truth
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Featurette: In Love With Cary Grant Inside "The Awful Truth"
      Preview
         Premiere Frank Capra DVD Collection
Disc #5 -- The Cary Grant Box Set: The Talk of the Town
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Featurette: Talking About "Talk of the Town"
      Preview
         Premiere Frank Capra DVD Collection
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 7 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(5)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews
  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Not even close

    I don't care about studio affiliations, but no Cary Grant box set is complete without "The Philadelphia Story" and "Arsenic and Old Lace".

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Classic Combo!

    This set has some of everything. It is funny, sexy, dramatic. Watching movies in black and white highlight details you might overlook. The architectural details and furniture design are wonderful. Projet Runway wannabes would do well to notice the clothing...stunning designs!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movies, Great price

    A wonderful collection - I preordered as soon as I saw it. His Girl Friday, The Awful Truth, Talk of the Town, and Only Angels Have Wings are all great movies, and all can be purchased separately, but aside from His Girl Friday, they are fairly pricey. The cost of this boxed set, with the BN discounts, is only a little more than the cost of one of the others alone. But the real gem to me is Holiday, which is only available in this set. It's a wonderful movie starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. Any movie pairing these two is sure to be a treat. It's hard to pick a favorite, each has wonderful performances by both stars, incredible supporting casts, and witty dialogue, yet each is very different from the others. Sylvia Scarlett is perhaps the least known, and is a very unusual, offbeat movie, but the more you watch it, the more it grows on you - hopefully it will be released on DVD soon. Bringing Up Baby is the screwiest of screwball comedies, while Philadelphia Story is the most sophisticated of sophisticated comedies - both now available on DVD. Holiday is another romantic comedy, but not as uproariously funny as Bringing Up Baby, and not as sharp-tongued as Philadelphia Story. It's a kinder, gentler comedy. Hepburn is again an heiress, but she is neither scatter-brained nor stuck up. She's a down-to-earth, intelligent, loving, generous 'rich girl' who feels stifled by the trappings of her Park Avenue upbringing, and would much rather lead a normal, 'real' life. Grant is a 'poor working boy' who makes good, but who's ambition is not to become rich, but rather to earn enough to sustain him thru an 'early retirement', or extended holiday of several years at least, while he's still young enough to enjoy it. The two are brought together by Grant's (misguided) engagement to Hepburn's younger sister. Watching this movie is like curling up by a cozy fire with a big bowl of hot buttered popcorn - one you will want to return to again and again.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews