I celebrate the onset of the holidays every year at the beginning of December with a crawl through a dozen Cary Grant movies, so called The Twelve Days of Cary Grant (aka #12dCG). There are many exceptional movies to draw from and it’s an opportunity to indulge in the golden age of the cinema and share a drink with one of its smoothest operators.
Selections for this year’s #12dCG are:
Dec. 1 – Notorious
Dec. 2 – Once Upon a Honeymoon
Dec. 3 – Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
Dec. 4 – My Favorite Wife
Dec. 5 – Bringing Up Baby – new print
Dec. 6 – Father Goose
Dec. 7 – That Touch of Mink
Dec. 8 – Indiscreet
Dec. 9 – Philadelphia Story
Dec. 10 – Kiss and Make Up (…New to me?)
Dec. 11 – Charade
Dec. 12 – Penny Serenade
I generally try not to duplicate films from the year before. Many of these will be readily recognizable. ‘Bobby Soxer’ and ‘Kiss and Make Up’ are being rotated in to get to cover some of the B movies. The huge films don’t need much additional fanfare.
Among the rest are a balance of black-and-white vs Technicolor; serious vs frivolous. There are many different Carys. It’s best to remember them all.
Feel free to play along at home. Bring on December 1st and roll film.
And thanks, Cary.