...a refined ruckus
Recently, a few patrons have recommended that we create a classic movie section within our DVDs. Of course, with classic movies come movie stars. Everyone has their favorite. I certainly have mine -- Cary Grant combined smooth charm, wit, and physical slapstick in a way that I find irresistible. And he was a versatile performer, too. North by Northwest is a masterpiece of suspense. Before the Wayans brothers in White Chicks and Guy Pierce in The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert there was Cary Grant in I Was a Male War Bride. And my favorite comedy of all time is Arsenic and Old Lace. I highly recommend it. Just in time for Halloween, it's a spooky lark starring -- of course -- Cary Grant as a hapless newlywed, with Raymond Massey as a Boris Karloff look-alike and Peter Lorre as his criminal side-kick. Throw in two maiden aunts poisoning lonely old men and an uncle who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt burying cholera victims in the Suez Canal, conveniently located in their basement. What could be funnier?
On the other hand, I've heard that Clark Gable could hold his own pretty well as a leading man. It Happened One Night is the romantic comedy from which all others can be judged. He was impressive in Mutiny on the Bounty and downright smoldering and unforgettable in Gone with the Wind.
A friend and I have discussed this a bit and, man to man, we're not sure who would win, Grant or Gable. Gable certainly comes off as tougher than Grant, a scrapper with more street smarts. But Grant is agile and crafty, and he always manages to come out ahead. Who would you bring home for a movie night?
Or maybe you'd prefer to stay in with Vivien Leigh, Claudette Colbert, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, or Humphrey Bogart. To find your favorite in our catalog, just enter their name and add "and DVD" (e.g. - Cary Grant and DVD) to see which of their films we have available. Then pass me the popcorn please.