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In Praise Of... Cary Grant
Why we'll always love Mr. Archibald Leach

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In Praise Of... Cary Grant | He gives us all hope with the ladies we've lost
He gives us all hope with the ladies we've lost

Cary Grant is such a charming bastard that even when he loses the love of his life, he just brushes the dust off his immaculate suit and wins her back again. You can see this regular Grant troupe of charming-cad-wins-back-beautiful-lover-from-boring-new-boyfriend in 1937’s The Awful Truth (Cheeky Cary Grant wins back stunning Irene Dunne from dull Ralph Bellamy), 1940’s His Girl Friday (Cheeky Cary Grant wins back stunning Rosalind Russell from dull Ralph Bellamy… again), and in the same year The Philadelphia Story (Cheeky Cary Grant wins back stunning Katharine Hepburn from dull John Howard… with a bit of help from James Stewart) – but there’s a reason why he’s always in this role: he nails it.Who else could be so believable as the man who could not only drive a woman away (his idiosyncrasies coming to the fore) but win her back, you know, with the same idiosyncrasies? That’s right, no-one but Cary Grant.

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There’s a similar steal-the-hot-girl-from-the-dull-guy motif in An Affair To Remember, but we’re going for The Awful Truth here, because Irene Dunne is hilarious as she tries to scupper Grant’s romantic entanglement with, needless to say, a song and dance. As you do.
 

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