The Star Democrat

BEST CARY GRANT MOVIES

- BY JAY BOBBIN

“Topper” (1937) In one of his earliest hits, Grant teams with Constance Bennett to play ghosts who haunt a stodgy friend (Roland Young).

“Bringing Up Baby” (1938) One of the best-known “screwball” comedies casts Grant as a paleontolo­gist who gets mixed up with an heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and her pet leopard ... the Baby of the title.

“Gunga Din” (1939) Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. star in this adventure classic

as military men assisted by a would-be soldier (Sam Jaffe).

“His Girl Friday” (1940) This celebrated remake

of “The Front Page” features Grant as a newspaper editor concerned about his reporter ex-wife’s (Rosalind Russell) impending remarriage.

“The Philadelph­ia Story” (1940) This Oscarwinni­ng comedy reteams Grant and Katharine Hepburn as ex-spouses reunited uncomforta­bly on the eve of the woman’s next wedding.

“Penny Serenade” (1941) Grant and Irene Dunne have heartbreak­ing moments as a couple whose

relationsh­ip may be over, despite many memorable times they’ve shared.

“Suspicion” (1941) In his first teaming with director Alfred Hitchcock, Grant plays both into and against type as a charming fellow whose new wife (Oscar winner Joan Fontaine) believes he’s plotting to kill her.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” (1943) In the Frank Capra-directed screen adaptation of the stage hit, Grant plays a journalist whose visit to his aunts (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair) reveals a lethal surprise about them.

“Destinatio­n Tokyo” (1943) About as timely a war story as possible, since this was released while World War II still was raging, this tense drama stars Grant as the captain of a Japan-destined American submarine.

“The Bishop’s Wife” (1947) This holiday-season favorite offers Grant as an angel sent to help a bishop (David Niven) who has lost his way.

“I Was a Male War Bride” (1949) Grant goes for laughs as a foreign officer who wants to

accompany the lieutenant he married (Ann Sheridan) back to the United States.

“To Catch a Thief” (1955) This great-looking

Alfred Hitchcock project reunites the filmmaker with Grant, playing a retired cat burglar being blamed for new crimes committed on the French Riviera.

“An Affair to Remember” (1957) Part of an all-night Turner Classic Movies tribute to Grant running from the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 30, through the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 1, this “weeper” teams him with Deborah Kerr as two people whose chance meeting leads them to pledge to meet up again six months later.

“Indiscreet” (1958) Believing a dashing financier (Grant) is unmarried, an actress (Ingrid Bergman) takes a romantic interest in him, only to learn he does have a wife – yet they pursue a relationsh­ip anyway.

“North by Northwest” (1959) In one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best movies, Grant plays a businessma­n mistaken for a spy and forced into a run for his life,

culminatin­g in a legendary chase across the faces of Mount Rushmore.

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“Gunga Din” “North by Northwest”
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“Bringing Up Baby”

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