ON THIS DAY

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY ANN FOTHERINGH­AM

1906: Charles Rolls and Henry Royce col­lab­o­rated to form the car com­pany, Rolls-Royce Ltd. On the same day in 1931, the com­pany bought Bent­ley Mo­tors.

1944: Af­ter five years of black­out, the lights were switched on again in Pic­cadilly, Strand and Fleet Street.

1945: The Nurem­berg War Crimes trial of Nazis, in­clud­ing Her­mann Go­er­ing, Ru­dolf Hess, and Joachim von Ribben­trop, be­gan. It lasted 218 days.

1947: Princess El­iz­a­beth married Lieu­tenant Philip Mount­bat­ten. It was the most glam­orous royal oc­ca­sion since be­fore the war and the BBC cov­ered it in 42 dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

1951: Snow­do­nia in Wales was des­ig­nated a National Park.

1975: Gen­eral Franco, above, dic­ta­tor of Spain for 36 years, died aged 82.

1979: An­thony Blunt, Sur­veyor of the Queen’s Pic­tures, was stripped of his knight­hood af­ter be­ing ex­posed as the Fourth Man in the Burgess, Maclean and Philby spy scan­dal.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The Queen brought a splash of colour to an other­wise grey and rainy day on her 71st wed­ding an­niver­sary, as she was shown how tech­nol­ogy was shap­ing the fu­ture.

HE WAS the debonair star of some of Hol­ly­wood’s great­est films and for one glo­ri­ous evening in a Sauchiehal­l Street cin­ema, Cary Grant held Glas­gow film-lovers spell­bound.

It was July 11, 1958 – the same day on which mur­derer Peter Manuel was hanged at Bar­lin­nie Prison – and Grant was in town to pub­li­cise his lat­est movie, In­dis­creet, in which he starred along­side In­grid Bergman.

The Evening Times re­ported that he wan­dered around the aisles of the Re­gal Cin­ema, en­cour­ag­ing au­di­ence mem­bers to ask ques­tions, which came thick and fast.

“I’m open to ques­tions, any­thing you like to ask,” he said. “There must be some­thing you want to know about the film in­dus­try?”

Grant said at one stage that he dis­liked be­ing idle – “I tried it once for 18 months but I found it was more fun work­ing” and said he had ac­cepted the role in In­dis­creet on faith, be­cause it was Bergman’s first at­tempt at a com­edy film.

He also touched on au­di­ence re­ac­tions to film come­dies. “With a com­edy you get the ver­dict the minute it goes on the screen. If peo­ple don’t laugh, it’s a flop for all time and there’s noth­ing you can do about it.”

Thank­fully, Grant said, he was “par­tic­u­larly happy” about In­dis­creet be­cause “though it was made en­tirely in Bri­tain it has been break­ing all house records in New York – some­thing that very sel­dom hap­pens to a

Bri­tish film.”

Among the many pho­to­graphs taken of Grant that day was one with him crouch­ing to talk to two-year-old David Mar­shall, from Dunoon, who hap­pened to be in town with his mother.

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexan­der Leach on Jan­uary 18, 1904 in Bris­tol. He left school at age 14, ly­ing about his age and forg­ing his fa­ther’s sig­na­ture on a let­ter to join Bob Pen­der’s troupe of knock­about co­me­di­ans.

Cary on board the Nar­whal sub­ma­rine at Faslane in 1960

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