Abandoned by his father, he was a reform school kid with nothing going for him and a giant chip on his shoulder. He joined the Marines, but never stayed far from trouble. Then he discovered... See full summary »
HIS OWN MAN One of Hollywood's most enduring and popular stars draws on his memories to tell the amusing and touching story of how it was when the studios ruled supreme, and how a shy and ... See full summary »
For the first time one of Hollywood's greatest stars tells his own story, in his own words. From a childhood of poverty to global fame, Cary Grant, the ultimate self-made star, explores his own screen image and what it took to create it.
Born in Mexico, he became the main family provider when his father died in an accident. So began the story of a man who had a "thousand jobs" before acting in a film of Cecil B. DeMille - ... See full summary »
Audrey Hepburn was one of movies best-loved stars, blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. As Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, she... See full summary »
Her story is well-known - the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood's greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights ... See full summary »
There never was a star quite like her. Adored by adults and children alike, at four she already led at the Box Office - ahead of Gable and Cooper. Her films saved a movie studio from ... See full summary »
Frank Coghlan Jr.,
Known for his personification of the Western Hero, it was Montana-born Cooper's horse-riding skills that first brought him bit parts in movies. And he never lost his love of the great ... See full summary »
Maria Cooper Janis,
Cary Grant was the very essence of a movie star - a man every woman loved and every man wanted to be. His deft comic style merged easily with his strength as a romantic leading man. But the suave exterior concealed a complex and often sensitive individual. Cary's painful journey from his lonely working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty is made vivid through family photos, archival footage, clips from many of his films -- including his first, following his discovery by blonde bombshell Mae West, starring role in She Done Him Wrong. Other movies include His Girl Friday, Notorious, An Affair To Remember, To Catch A Thief, North By Northwest, Charade, and more. Among friends and colleagues interviewed on-screen are Leslie Caron, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, Deborah Kerr, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy, Stanley Donen, Richard Brooks and Stanley Kramer.Written by
This Gene Feldman directed documentary on Cary Grant shows us Grant's Archie Leach origins as a Bristol vaudeville player, to reveal the transformation from acrobat to Hollywood romantic comedienne. However, beneath this surface change are only hinted at disturbances - Grant's sexual ambiguity, the effect of having an institutionalised mentally ill mother, and his relationship with women, involving his many wives and an observed wariness of the female sex.
The documentary covers Grant's career highlights, noting film milestones like She Done Him Wrong, Sylvia Scarlett, Suspicion, and North by Northwest, his perceived failure as a character actor, and tells of the anarchy behind the scenes of The Awful Truth, which was said to be made without a script. It also recognises Grant as one of the earliest freelance independent actors, a decision made to get out of his Paramount contract in the late 1930's, way before the studio studio collapsed in the 1950's.
Technically, we see Grant in Paramount publicity shorts, some titles are only represented by trailers, and there is even footage of Grant beseiged by paparazzi.
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