Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Charles Boyer, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Loretta Young, Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich, Maurice Chevalier, Myrna Loy, Pour Vous, Shirley Temple, Simone Simon
Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Charles Boyer, Cinema magazines, Claudette Colbert, Deanna Durbin, Dorothy Lamour, Errol Flynn, Fernandel, Grace Moore, Jeanette MacDonald, Joan Bennett, Luise Rainer, Madeleine Carroll, Marta Eggerth, Maureen O'Sullivan, Monique classique, Myrna Loy, Paul Muni, Robert Taylor, Ronald Colman, Simone Simon, Zarah Leander
Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant starred in a great film, “Charade”, which was directed by Stanley Donen, even if the production resembles the Hitchcockian style. “Charade” is a wonderful film, full of suspense and action scenes, but it is also a comedy. I enjoyed it very much and I saw it several times. Audrey and Cary are nice together and the costumes designed by Hubert de Givenchy are also iconic.
“North by Northwest” is one of the best films ever made by Alfred Hitchcock. The posters reflect two of the most impressive scenes in the film – the plane attack on the cornfield and the escape on Mount Rushmore. It was a very modern film for its time and it was imitated by many thrillers that were produced in the next decades. Cary Grant was also in excellent shape and his numerous action scenes inspired the filmmakers of the 80’s and 90’s. The cold blonde Eva Marie Saint was also effective in the leading female role, even if one would have liked to see Grace Kelly in this. The villain was wonderfully played by James Mason.
Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Charles Boyer, Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Greer Garson, Greta Garbo, Hedy Lamarr, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Kim Novak, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Mary Pickford, Monique classique, Myrna Loy, Nils Asther, Olivia de Havilland, Theda Bara
Deborah is one of my all-time favourite actresses. The first film I ever saw with her was “The Night of the Iguana”. But my favourites turned out to be her two films with her real-life friend, Yul Brynner. The films, for those who don’t know already, are “The King and I” and “The Journey” (the latter being my 3rd all-time favourite film).
Here are some appreciated clips with Deborah that I created over the years…many years ago, when I was still in high school and early college.
The last of the three films in which Cary Grant and Irene Dunne appeared together, “Penny Serenade” depicts the story of a couple who needs to overcome the tragic moments in order to keep their marriage and raise their adopted child. The plot is developed in flashbacks, as Julie (Irene Dunne) listens to a recording, “You Were Meant to Me”. The songs in the film mark the situations that Julie and Mark (Cary Grant) had to solve in the past, including her miscarriage and his financial collapse. Only in the end are they capable to find a miraculous solution and to save their marriage. “Penny Serenade”, the title of the film, is also one of the songs from the collection of records that could be heard throughout the motion picture. This film is said to be Irene Dunne’s personal favourite because of her own true story with the adoption of a child. It was also adapted for the radio in 1944, Dunne reprising the role. “Penny Serenade” earned an Oscar for Best Leading Role (Cary Grant) and it is considered an important romantic drama, directed by George Stevens, a master of such great films like “Giant”, “A Place in the Sun”, and “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
An excellent romantic comedy directed by Garson Kanin, “My Favorite Wife” tells the story of a woman who suddenly disappears during a shipwreck. After 7 years she returns to her husband all of a sudden, only to discover that he has just married another woman. He is accused of bigamy and is even taken to the police, only to be later released when his second marriage is no longer valid. It is wonderful to see Cary Grant between his two lovely ladies, Irene Dunne and Gail Patrick. You will also get to see the handsome Randolph Scott in a very becoming role, that of an attractive swimmer, former lover (probably) of Ellen (Dunne), during the time they stayed on a deserted island after the shipwreck. “My Favorite Wife” was nominated for 3 Oscars, for Best Writing, Original Story (Leo McCarey being not only the producer, but also one of the writers; he excelled in such romantic films like “Love Affair” and its remake “An Affair to Remember”), Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score. The film was later adapted to a more modern version, “Something’s Got to Give”, directed by George Cukor, with Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, and Cyd Charisse in the leading roles. Unfortunately, the filming was suddenly interrupted after Monroe’s unexpected death, in 1962, but it was recently released to the general public, after it was discovered in an archive, despite the fact that it was unfinished. The edited version is around 30 minutes in length. I, personally, prefer “My Favorite Wife”, even if I am sure that “Something’s Got to Give”, had it been finished, would have been one of Marilyn’s best films and best performances in her entire career.