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The Hollywood Collection - Cary Grant: The Leading Man

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Dapper and debonair, romantic and yet a regular guy with a goofy sense of humor, on screen Cary Grant had everything, or at least enough to keep him a star of the first magnitude for some thirty years. Abundant proof is available in Cary Grant: The Leading Man. . . This one provides a genuine touch of class. --The New York Times

An excellent overview of the life of Cary Grant, who entered the world in Bristol, England as Archibald Alexander Leach, and emigrated as a teenager to America, and later Tinsel Town itself, where he would be one of Hollywood s leading men for a remarkable span of 30 years. An intriguing biography, originally shown on cable television, Cary Grant: The Leading Man is highly recommended. Four Stars --Video Librarian

Since this DVD release was originally produced for a television series The Hollywood Collection, its presentation is direct and episodic. …Cary Grant: The Leading Man is a recommended purchase. --Educational Media Reviews Online

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  • Actors: Leslie Caron, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Deborah Kerr, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy
  • Directors: Gene Feldman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WVU2MI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 16, 2011
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Although the more-recent Cary Grant documentary "A Class Apart" (which is included as an extra on the Blu-ray release of "North By Northwest") has kind of negated this earlier 1988 documentary special, CARY GRANT: THE LEADING MAN is a good retrospective of the star who still epitomizes male masculinity and romance in the movies.

Initially pegged by producers as just a "walking prop" to which they attached such vibrant leading ladies as Mae West and Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant forged his own identity through hard work; soon establishing himself as the leading male star of choice for screwball and romantic comedy heroes. Opposite Katharine Hepburn, Grant sparkled in "Sylvia Scarlett", "Bringing Up Baby", "Holiday" and "The Philadelphia Story". In "His Girl Friday", Grant played the no-nonsense newspaper editor who wins the heart of former wife Rosalind Russell all over again; and Irene Dunne was his leading lady for "The Awful Truth" (regarded as quite possibly the best screwball comedy ever made), in addition to the poignant melodrama "Penny Serenade". Perhaps most importantly, Cary Grant became one of the first actors to go freelance, at a time when most actors were under contract to specific studios.

In "None But the Lonely Heart", Grant earned an Academy Award nomination, playing against type as a man with a criminal past, trying to make amends with his ill mother. Hitchcock transformed Cary Grant in the 1940's as a suave man-of-the-world with a sexy, dangerous edge, in such classics as "Suspicion" and "Notorious".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne on May 10, 2013
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All of the biographies in this series are very well done! Photographs and interviews rarely seen before are included in these documentaries that give greater insight into the person being profiled. Gary Grant has a much more interesting history than I imagined.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Ricucci on February 23, 2014
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Yes, this bio is 25 years old and we know more about Cary Grant today than we did then, based on other biographies of him as well as autobiographies of Dyan Cannon and others who were close to Grant. But I thought this documentary was excellent and I had a great time watching it. There's so much in it that I never knew, and I had fun seeing clips of so many of his films, including some of my favorites. If you enjoy movie classics and appreciated Cary Grant's range of talent, grab your popcorn -- you'll like this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By atoztwinmom on October 22, 2013
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I'm a huge Cary Grant fan! Love his movies, this was a pleasant look at Cary's life and I liked the way it included the movies he did as milestones in his life. Very enjoyable and educational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Fireman on March 16, 2014
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Great story about America's leading man. There were a lot of interesting facts about this great actor. I enjoyed watching it and recommend it to everyone who likes movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Wheeler on January 5, 2014
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Very fairly portrayed and well done. It offers a glimpse into the world of a man who was very well known on screen, but ever so private off of it. Nice to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicarz Achagan on April 28, 2014
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A must see for any Cary Grant fan! This was very revealing story and understandably a great factor in his acting success!

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Loved Cary Grant - always - from first time I saw him - Suspicion on black and white tv - (Million Dollar Movie) to the last movie. I have seen all his movies - either on tv, at the movies, or videos etc. He is my favorite actor, then Gregory Peck, then Jimmy Stewart. More recent favorites: Denzel Washington and Will Smith. My all time favorite movies: Suspicion, Gandhi, and Malcom X. Seen each of them a lot, Suspicion at least 15 x Gandhi and Malcom X at least 10x times. Look at him - golly what's not to love! In this film I see his life as his struggle to love, both to find love and to give love.
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