Every December I go on a Cary Grant binge. There are a number of reasons for this but mostly because it makes me happy and they are tremendous movies. Doing so at the onset of the holiday rush helps to frame the season for me: with a dash of élan, a pat on the head and a marvelous grace. It’s always so difficult selecting which twelve movies make the cut, and only allowing myself a few repeats from last year.
The list for 2014 is as follows:
December 1. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
December 2. The Grass is Greener
December 3. Notorious
December 4. An Affair to Remember
December 5. Night and Day
December 6. Philadelphia Story
December 7. North by Northwest
December 8. Gunga Din
December 9. Room for One More [this will be brand new to me.] December 10. Indiscreet
December 11. Bishop’s Wife
December 12. Penny Serenade
Feel free to swaddle yourself in a smoking jacket, dive into a cocktail and join me. You can follow along on my twitter feed at: https://twitter.com/etagelarsen or #12dCG. I generally live blog during the screenings at about 8pm EST.
Happy Holidays, darlings.
Among his less savory qualities, he's a poor sport, a sore loser and ill fitted for honest labor. He makes bad friends and worse decisions. Animals avoid him and children despise him. He's been known to drink to excess, carry on with seditious talk and leer at women. He's a coward, a card cheat and a known liar.
Mrs. Call's second grade class said perhaps all that needed to be said about Larsen.In a moment of vindication and possibly clarity, Call would add to Larsen's permanent record that he was a bit of a dreamer and that Larsen was "an excellent student but his grades trailed off in the final semester."True, Larsen was filled with promise and saddled as starry-eyed but one can't help but notice that Call's inability to chisel this raffish diamond-in-rough wasn't also a clerical trick to distance herself from the responsibility of the 'Nurture' debate.She also said he was "prompt".She wasn't wrong.