Showing posts with label Ingrid Bergman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ingrid Bergman. Show all posts

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Indiscreet (1958)

     " impeccably tailored and deft with a witty line as ever and looking very little older..."

With Ingrid Bergman.

Indiscreet - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):

"Indiscreet  is an attempt to revive the kind of urbane romantic comedy that was popular some twenty years ago.  To qualify for this category it was necessary that the leading characters be rich and handsome and spectacularly well dressed and that they behave in the somewhat irresponsible fashion equated in the mind of the average audience with genuine sophistication.  It was also helpful, though not altogether obligatory, to have Cary Grant as the male star.  

Cary Grant, as impeccably tailored and deft with a witty line as ever and looking very little older, is on hand in this new one (in fact, with director Stanley Donen he also co-produced it).  Playing opposite him is a magnificently gowned Ingrid Bergman.  

The film was adapted by Norman Krasna from his play, Kind Sir.  It was not much of a play and the addition of some clever new dialogue does not make the movie version much better.  Even so, the two principals, though a trifle mature for this kind of shenanigans, are thoroughly expert and so are Phyllis Calvert and Cecil Parker.  And an ultra-handsome Technicolor production rounds out what I suppose could be called glamorous escapism."

- Moira Walsh, Catholic World

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 64 - Indiscreet (Lobby Card Style)

Part Of

For more, see also:

On This Day 20 May 2020

On This Day 19 May 2021

Quote From Today 20 May 2022

Friday, July 22, 2022

Quote From Today... Notorious! (1946)

"Daisies and buttercups, wasn't it?"

With Ingrid Bergman.

Notorious! was Cary Grant's 49th full length feature film.

Devlin: I can't help recalling some of your remarks about being a new woman. Daisies and buttercups, wasn't it?

Alicia: You idiot! What are you sore about, you knew very well what I was doing!

Devlin: Did I?

Alicia: You could have stopped me with one word, but no, you wouldn't. You threw me at him!

Devlin: I threw you at nobody.

Alicia: Didn't you tell me what I had?

Devlin: A man doesn't tell a woman what to do; she tells herself. You almost had me believing in that little hokey-pokey miracle of yours, that a woman like you could change her spots.

Alicia: Oh, you're rotten.

Devlin: That's why I didn't try to stop you. The answer had to come from you.

Alicia: I see. Some kind of love test.

Devlin: That's right.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Quote From Today... Indiscreet (1958)

  "Oh, you'd be surprised."

With Ingrid Bergman.

Indiscreet was Cary Grant's 64th full length feature film.

Anna Kalman : You're the most transparent man I ever saw. I hope NATO isn't trusting you with any secrets.

Philip Adams: Oh, you'd be surprised.

Anna Kalman: Let's hear one.

Philip Adams: Oh, you would be surprised, Mata Hari.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

And the Winner is...!

Of all the praise and adulation that Cary Grant received during his film career, one award eluded him.

Although being nominated twice for an Academy Award, he never actually won one!

Grant had boycotted the Oscars for twelve years.

He did finally receive an Academy Award for his unique mastery of the art of screen acting, in 1970.

Frank Sinatra presented the Honorary Award.

Cary Grant did however appear in a number of films that were nominated for Academy Awards in various categories and some won too!

Listed below are all the Cary Grant films that had Oscar nominations...and winners!

1932 - She Done Him Wrong
1937 - The Awful Truth
1940 - The Philadelphia Story
1941 - Suspicion
1942 - The Talk of the Town
1947 - The Bishop's Wife

1940 - James Stewart - The Philadelphia Story (Winner)

1941 - Cary Grant - Penny Serenade
1944 - Cary Grant - None but the Lonely Heart

Nominated for Best Actor in Penny Serenade and None But the Lonely Heart.

1937 - Leo McCarey - The Awful Truth (Winner)

1940 - George Cukor - The Philadelphia Story
1947 - Henry Koser - The Bishop's Wife

1940 - Ruth Hussey - The Philadelphia Story
1944 - Ethel Barrymore - None But The Lonely Heart(Winner)

1937 - Ralph Bellamy - The Awful Truth
1937 - Roland Young - Topper
1946 - Claude Rains - Notorious

1937 - Irene Dunne - The Awful Truth
1940 - Katharine Hepburn - The Philadelphia Story
1941 - Joan Fontaine - Suspicion(Winner)

1939 - Only Angels Have Wings

1937 - Topper
1940 - The Howard's of Virginia
1942 - Once Upon a Honeymoon
1947 - The Bishop's Wife(Winner)
1962 - That Touch of Mink
1964 - Father Goose

1940 - The Howards of Virginia
1940 - My Favorite Wife
1941 - Suspicion
1942 - The Talk of the Town
1944 - None but the Lonely Heart
1946 - Night and Day
1947 - The Bishop's Wife
1957 - An Affair to Remember

1942 - The Talk of the Town
1955 - To Catch a Thief(Winner)
1957 - An Affair to Remember

1938 - Holiday
1940 - My Favorite Wife
1942 - The Talk of the Town
1955 - To Catch a Thief
1959 - North by Northwest
1962 - That Touch of Mink

1937 - The Awful Truth
1942 - The Talk of the Town
1944 - None but the Lonely Heart
1947 - The Bishop's Wife
1959 - North by Northwest
1964 - Father Goose

1953 - Dream Wife
1955 - To Catch a Thief
1957 - An Affair to Remember

1936 - Suzy
1957 - An Affair to Remember
1958 - Houseboat
1963 - Charade

BEST WRITING FOR THE SCREEN (original story or screen play)
1937 - The Awful Truth
1940 - My Favorite Wife
1940 - The Philadelphia Story(Winner)
1942 - The Talk of the Town (Original Writing)
1942 - The Talk of the Town (Screen play)
1943 - Destination Tokyo
1946 - Notorious
1947 - The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer(Winner)
1959 - North by Northwest
1962 - That Touch of Mink
1964 - Father Goose

With Ingrid Bergman's Academy Award in 1957, that he received on her behalf for Best Actress in Anastasia(1956)

Presenting an Academy Award in 1958 with Jean Simmons.
It was to Sir Alec Guinness for "Bridge Over the River Kwai". 

She accepted the Oscar on his behalf.

Cary Grant was also honored with presenting Honorary Academy Awards to his fellow actors and friends.

Sir Laurence Olivier in 1979.

And to James Stewart in 1985.

Always the Winner!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

On This Day...Notorious (1946)

Today, in 1946, Cary Grant's 49th full length feature film was released...Notorious!

In his second of four film collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Grant played agent T.R. Devlin.

Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia Huberman, who agrees to infiltrate a German chemical cartel.
She gets close to the organisations head man (Claude Rains); eventually she marries him. 

The problem; she is in love with Devlin.

"With a highly polished script by Ben Hecht, and with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant to bring glamour and sultry vitality to the leads, Mr. Hitchcock has fashioned a film in the supercharged American idiom of the sort that made Casablanca popular." - Theatre Arts Magazine

There are a few interesting facts about Notorious.
Ian Flemimg, having seen the film was inspired to create his James Bond character, based on Cary Grant.
Years later, Grant would turn down the role as Bond in Dr. No, because he didn't want to sign up for a multi-picture deal.

Another point of interest is the nearly three minute kissing scene, shared by Bergman and Grant.

Why interesting? Well the filmmakers were under the Hays Code.
(see previous blog: Cary Grant and the Pre-code Era)
This meant that a kiss could not be open mouthed or last for longer than three seconds.
Hitchcock was able to get around this by having the kiss interrupted, but for only the shortest length of time. It therefore gave the impression of a much longer kiss.


Devlin                             Cary Grant
Alicia Huberman             Ingrid Bergman
Alexander Sebastian       Claude Rains
Paul Prescott                  Louis Calhern
Mme. Sebastian              Madame Konstantin
"Dr. Anderson"               Reinhold Schunzel
Walter Beardsley            Moroni Olsen
Eric Mathis                     Ivan Triesault
Joseph                            Alex Minotis
Mr. Hopkins                    Wally Brown
Ernest Weylin                 Gavin Gordon
Commodore                    Sir Charles Mendl
Dr. Barbosa                     Ricardo Costa
Hupka                             Eberhard Krumschmidt
Ethel                               Fay Baker  

With Ingrid Bergman, Madame Konstantin and Claude Rains.

On set with Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman.

Lobby Cards:

Media Release:

Directed and Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.
Distributed by RKO Radio.
Running Time: 103 minutes.

Monday, May 25, 2020

"Lights, Camera...Action!" - The Directors - Part 2

After Howard Hawks' five films with Cary Grant, there were two directors who completed four films each with Grant...Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Donen.

Alfred Hitchcock:

13th August 1899 - 29th April 1990

"Hitch and I had a rapport and understanding deeper than words. He was a very agreeable human being, and we were very compatible. I always went to work whistling when I worked with him because everything on the set was just as you envisioned it would be. Nothing ever went wrong. He was so incredibly well prepared. I never knew anyone as capable. He was a tasteful, intelligent, decent, and patient man who knew the actor's business as well as he knew his own." 
- Grant on Hitchcock

Suspicion (1941)

On set with Joan Fontaine.

His appearance in the film.

Notorious (1946)

Hitchcock's appearance in a scene with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.

To Catch A Thief (1955)

On film with Grant.

On set with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.

North By Northwest (1959)

An early appearance in the film.

On set and behind the scenes with Cary Grant, Eve Marie Saint and James Mason.

"Cary is marvelous, you see. One doesn't direct Cary Grant, one simply puts him in front of a camera. 
And, you see, he enables the audience to identify with the main character. I mean by that, Cary Grant represents a man we know. He's not a stranger."
- Hitchcock on Grant

To be continued...The Directors - Part 3 - Stanley Donen.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

On this Day...Indiscreet (1958)

This was Cary Grant's 64th full length feature film, and his second pairing with Ingrid Bergman.

An adaptation of Norman Krasna's play Kind Sir. A comedy of manners between Grant and Bergman's characters that leads to romance.

The New Republic called it "..a trifle..." but acknowledged Grant and co-star Cecil Parker as "..gifted farceurs".

One of the most memorable scenes is the Eight-some Reel, that shows off Cary Grant's comedic timing!
(See blog: "Oh... we ought to learn that!" under Inspirations label)

Paired together again for the first time since Notorious (1946)

This was the first film by independent production company Grandon Productions, which was setup by Cary Grant and the film's director Stanley Donen.

Directed by Stanley Donen
Produced by Grandon Productions
Running time: 100 minutes

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Leading Ladies...Part 2.

So here are the actresses who starred in two films each alongside Cary Grant.

Jean Arthur:

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) and Talk Of The Town (1942)

Also appeared in the following radio shows:

Only Angels Have Wings (May 28th, 1939)
Talk Of The Town (May 17th, 1943)

Joan Bennett:

Big Brown Eyes (1936) and Wedding Present (1936)

Ingrid Bergman:

Notorious (1946) and Indiscreet (1958)

"She wears no make-up and has big feet and peasant hips, yet women envy her ability to be herself." 
- Cary Grant

Nancy Carroll:

Hot Saturday (1932) and Woman Accussed (1933)

Betsy Drake:

Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) and Room For One More (1952)

Also appeared in the following radio show:

Every Girl Should Be Married (June 27th, 1949)

"Betsy was a delightful comedienne, but I don't think Hollywood was ever really her milieu. She wanted to help humanity, to help others help themselves." - Cary Grant

Joan Fontaine:

Gunga Din (1939) and Suspicion (1941)

Sophia Loren:

The Pride and the Passion (1957) and Houseboat (1958)

"I was fascinated with him, with his warmth, affection, intelligence, and his wonderfully dry, mischievous sense of humor." - Sophia Loren

Ginger Rogers:

Once Upon A Honeymoon (1942) and Monkey Business (1952)

Ann Sheridan

Enter Madame (1935: as Clara Lou Sheridan) and I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Mae West:

She Done Him Wrong (1933) and I'm No Angel (1933)

Loretta Young:

Born To Be Bad (1934) and The Bishop's Wife (1947)