Make it a Marathon: 24 hours of Cary Grant

cgToday is Cary Grant’s birthday, and it’s also the second anniversary of the day that I started TMP! On that very first day of blogging, I posted a tiny tribute to Cary — one of my first original TMP posts, since I had spent most of the day migrating mini-reviews from Tumblr to WordPress.

Since I’m unable to do a giveaway for the anniversary this year as I did for the first anniversary, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the day with Cary Grant once again. I’m also celebrating with a brand new series, and this first installment stars none other than The Most Beautiful Man Ever himself. “Make it a Marathon” is an idea I’ve come up with to post movie “playlists” now and then — lists of films with a certain theme that add up to about 24 hours of viewing.

Now, I don’t encourage gluing yourself to the couch/chair/bed of your choice to actually watch this 24 hours worth of Cary Grant in a single sitting. If you were going to spend a whole day watching Cary Grant films, though, these are the ones I’d suggest! They’re listed alphabetically. And before you flip about your favorite being left off, believe me, this was the most difficult list I’ve ever made for the blog. If there was such a thing as “too many good films,” Grant’s filmography would be the definition of it! His best don’t fit into a mere 24 hours.

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(Image via Doctor Macro)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – 118 minutes

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(Image via Doctor Macro)

The Awful Truth (1937) – 91 minutes

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(Image via Doctor Macro)

Big Brown Eyes (1936) – 77 minutes

(Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)
(Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

Charade (1963) – 113 minutes

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(Image via Doctor Macro)

Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) – 85 minutes

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(Image via Oscars.org)

His Girl Friday (1940) – 92 minutes

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(Image via Doctor Macro)

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) – 94 minutes

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(Image via Indiana Hollywood Hall of Fame)

My Favorite Wife (1940) – 88 minutes

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(Image via Doctor Macro)

Notorious (1946) – 101 minutes

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(Image via Doctor Macro)

The Philadelphia Story (1940) – 112 minutes

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(Image via LACMA)

She Done Him Wrong (1933) – 66 minutes

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(Image via Doctor Macro)

The Talk of the Town (1942) – 118 minutes

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(Image via We Heart Vintage)

To Catch a Thief (1955) – 106 minutes

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(Image via The Guardian)

Topper (1937) – 97 minutes

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(Image via The Movie Projector)

Wedding Present (1936) – 81 minutes

This playlist of 15 films adds up to 1,439 minutes or 23.983 hours of my main squeeze, Cary Grant! Happy birthday to this wonderful actor, and happy birthday to TMP.

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10 thoughts on “Make it a Marathon: 24 hours of Cary Grant

  1. Yes indeed, happy birthday to the former Mr. Leach, and happy anniversary to you, Lindsey! Glad to see Notorious and My Favorite Wife on the list…two of my all-time faves! And with about thirty seconds of space left, I’m sure there’s a Cary Grant commercial out there somewhere you could squeeze in!

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    1. Thank you!

      You know, commercials with classic film stars aren’t something I’ve done much research on, but after recently viewing a couple of very interesting Johnny Cash commercials from the ’80s and ’90s I’m definitely going to have to see if there are any other interesting ones (incl. Cary Grant) floating around.

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  2. Congratulations, so cool you share it with Cary Grant’s birthday! And watching his movies is the best way to celebrate your blog anniversary, indeed.

    Love your picks, one can never go wrong with his films. Haven’t seen Big Brown Eyes nor Wedding Present, so that’s going to my watchlist! Notorious is my absolute favourite, words cannot describe how much I love that movie.

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    1. Big Brown Eyes and Wedding Present both appear in the wonderful Cary Grant: Screen Legend Collection DVD set if you’re interested in owning/watching them. You can find the set brand new for $19 and used for even less on Amazon, which is great considering it includes 5 or 6 films.

      Notorious is a favorite of mine, too. I had the chance to see it on the big screen last year and it was such an amazing experience. That ending!

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    1. North by Northwest was originally on the list but had to be cut in the interest of keeping it as close to 24 hours as possible. As much as I love it, it isn’t my favorite of his Hitch collaborations, so it just barely missed the cut. Like I said, this was a very difficult list to make and I had to leave a lot of films I love off of it! Cary’s whole filmography is fantastic.

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