“For all anyone knows, God could be Cary Grant.” Carol Morin
This post surfaces not because I adore him, but because he was one of the greats and today would have been his 110th birthday (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986). Here’s the inimitable voice of Cary Grant in three fantastically entertaining old-time radio shows. In his honor – and for our enjoyment.
Screen Guild Theater – “Alone In Paris”
Original Air Date: April 30, 1939
Starring: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Walter Connelly
Co-Starring: Herman Bing, George Murphy
Victory Theater – “The Philadelphia Story”
Original Air Date: July 20, 1942
Starring: Cary Grant, James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn.
Note: Victory Theater was a “revamp” of Lux Radio Theater, during the War years. These used the same crew, etc. and were even headed by Cecil B. DeMille. The revenue from these shows were used solely for the war effort.
Suspense – “On a Country Road”
Original Air Date: November 16, 1950.
Starring: Cary Grant, Cathy Lewis, and Jeannette Nolan.
“On a Country Road” is regarded as one of the classic tales of Suspense because it embodies all of the things at which the radio program excelled.” – OTR
Was ranked #7 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]
Was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#22).
Was named #2 on The Greatest Screen Legends actor list by the American Film Institute.
Was voted the 6th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Was ranked the #1 Movie Star of All Time by Premiere Magazine in their “Stars in Our Constellation” feature (2005).
Holds the record at Radio City Music Hall as its leading star. 27 films for a total of 113 weeks. Fred Astaire is the runner-up with 16 films for 60 weeks.
Is the leader, with six films listed, on American Film Institute’s list of top 100 U.S. love stories, compiled in June 2002. His An Affair to Remember (1957) was ranked #5; followed by: #44 The Philadelphia Story (1940) #46 To Catch a Thief (1955) #51 Bringing Up Baby (1938) #77 The Awful Truth (1937) #86 Notorious (1946)
Has eight films on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Funniest Movies: Bringing Up Baby (1938) at #14, The Philadelphia Story (1940) at #15, His Girl Friday (1940) at #19, Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) at #30, Topper (1937) at #60, The Awful Truth(1937) at #68, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) at #72 and She Done Him Wrong (1933) at #75. (IMDB)
“It takes 500 small details to add up to one favorable impression.” – Cary Grant