Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cary Grant Movies

The Captain of Capitalism as occasionally pointed out that he is a fan of the movies starring Cary Grant. (Here too.)

Unfortunately for you, he hasn't (as far as I know) elaborated on which of Cary Grant's movies you should watch.

If you're lucky, you may stumble across a blog post pointing out the better movies to watch, and which to skip.

If only there was someone who has watched a fair few of those movies and could point you in the right direction....



Arsenic & Old Lace

A movie with a novel idea.  Little old ladies who help lonely old men end their [perceived] problem.  With a man who thinks he'd Theodore Roosevelt, thrown in to boot!

Cary Grant is recently married and looking to leave for his honeymoon, when he discovers what his aunts are up to and he spends the rest of the movie trying to manage the situation.

A movie well worth watching.

Charge!!

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

If you're looking for a Cary Grant movie to find a lot of wit and amusing lines, then this is it.



Mr. Blandings finds that his New York apartment is too small for his family and he and his wife decide to move to the country.  They wind up building a new house and hilarity* ensues.

(*hilarity is a 1940's word, meaning: amusing)

I do wonder about the relationship between Mrs. Blandings and the couple's best friend.

Take note of the prices of things ($10,000 for a new house) and the nature of the world in that time.  His daughter's school paper early in the movie is a sign of the doom (feminism) yet to come.

Another good movie.

I was a Male War Bride

A movie who's first half is about a French solider (Grant) and an American solider (don't care) who work together but are constantly fighting each other.  If it had ended there I would have liked it fine.

The second half of the movie is not so good.

In the second half, after they decide to get married and move to America, Grant is put through ...situations meant to be amusing during his attempt to move to America as a "war bride."

The "fighting" in the first half of the movie is not bad, and if you like Grant's mannerisms, then the first half of this movie is okay.

Skip it.

The Philadelphia Story

A wealthy socialite prepares for her second wedding while interacting with her first husband (Grant) and a photographer.

Its the movie to see if you want to see the way Grant acts and interacts with others.

Its not the movie I'd watch for entertainment purposes though.  Its not my sort of thing.

Indiscreet

This is a movie about an actress in London (Ingrid Bergman) who is looking for a man.  Cary Grant appears but it turns out that he's married.

This is the movie I'd watch if I wanted to emulate this actor's mannerisms and speaking.  You get to see him start a relationship and direct it exactly the way he wants.

I quite like the surprise ending.

This is a good movie to watch through the lens of Game.

Father Goose

This one takes place in the South Pacific during WWII.

Grant's character wants to be left alone on his boat and to avoid the war.  A man in the Navy "persuades" him to station on an island as a lookout for Japanese airplanes.

During the movie her winds up rescuing a teacher and her female students.

An entertaining movie; I like it.

The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer (sp?)

A painter and his relationship with a female judge and her young sister.

Once again, its a good movie to watch for the Game aspects but not the sot of movie that I'd care to see again.

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That rounds out all but two of the movies that I'm aware of Cary Grant making.  (I don't remember Bringing Up Baby and don't remember the others title.)

It should start you in the right direction for watching movies by Captain Capitalism's favorite actor.

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BTW Captain, since you and I seem to like many of the same movies (the above, the man with no name trilogy, and Cowboy Bebop), I recommend that you watch Exiled and Little Big Solider.

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Update: A commenter reminded me of a few more movies: North by Northwest, Charade, and An Affair to remember.

North by Northwest was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and is good.  Charade is fine too.  And An Affair to Remember is in the running for my least favorite movie ever.

2 comments:

  1. I can't believe north by northwest isn't on this. There is also an affair to remember if you want to see a romantic movie without comedy. To vatch a thief is a classic and also has Grace Kelly.

    - TGR White

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  2. Gentlemen,
    this is John Rambo, Anti-Feminist Soldier. I am posting this on behalf of Peter-Andrew: Nolan© also now known as Joschua-Brandon: Boehm©. I am doing this because, as a young men who knows Peter well, I know he has our best interests at heart.

    Gentlemen,
    It is well known that five years ago, April 2008, I spent a month suicidal as I went through the process of disowning my former children. When I came out of that rather unpleasant experience I contacted other men who had been similarly affected. I realized that many men were killing themselves because of the criminal abuse of the family law courts all across the western English speaking world.

    As a direct result of this experience, and my compassion for my fellow men, I made a vow in June 2008 to re-introduce the rule of law into Australia and Ireland. Naturally, at the time I made the vow I had no idea how that might be done. We call it “throw your hat over the wall”. You make the vow and “figure it out later”.

    Along the way I have talked to many tens of thousands of men, perhaps as many as 100,000 men have seen at least one comment by me one way or another. What I heard from men in 2008 was that they were DESPERATE for a remedy for the crimes being committed against them in the family courts. They were DESPERATE to find a way to end the criminal effects of feminism on their lives. Because so many men told me the same thing I mistook this to mean they actually WANTED to solve the problems of the family courts and feminism. As I said. My mistake.

    Through very extensive research and labour, and collaborating with the best and brightest, the remedy for both the family courts and feminism was proven on 2009-11-26. A mere 18 months after I was suicidal. The court meeting that I did on 2009-11-26 I regard as one of the finest achievements of my life. Regardless? The very men I risked my life to create a remedy for have ignored that remedy, preferring to whine, bitch, moan and complain because that is far more rewarding to them than actually solving their problems. If they solved their problems they would have nothing to whine, bitch, moan and complain about.

    The remedy has now been available 2.5 times as long as it took to develop and has proved uniquely unpopular. I am hated for even talking about it. The blood of every man who kills himself due to criminal abuse in the family courts is on the hands of those perhaps 100,000+ men who have heard from me and done nothing. I did all I could. They did not. It is actually very simple.

    The mechanism for men to free themselves now is the Mens Business Association. The MBA provides individual based services to get men out of the control grid. Such services may well save the mans life from suicide. Going forward? It is necessary to create second economy outside the control of any government entity. Why criminals in governments can dominate and control men via the economy they will continue to do so. There is no reason for them to stop. The MBA is the proposal of a second economy outside the control of the government. This is a NECESSARY ingredient for men to live in freedom.

    Only a small percentage of men will want to live in freedom. Those men who want to live in freedom? You are invited to watch a short update on how we are going in our efforts to get the second economy going. Naturally? The second economy will grow just as quickly or slowly as men join in and contribute to it. Those who want to “stick with the government run economies”? You are welcome to do so. I wish you luck with that because you are going to need it.

    best regards

    your brother peter

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGXDBDzsAk0

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