Collector’s Corner: Collecting Cary Grant

It’s a well known fact ’round here that Cary Grant is one of my favorite actors. For this week’s Collector’s Corner, I’ll be taking a look at all of the Cary-related things I’ve collected over the years, and sharing my most-wanted list of Cary films to add to my shelf!

Cary Books/Mags

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Jennifer Grant’s Good Stuff is a very sweet tribute by the actor’s only child. Well worth a read! (Image via Goodreads)

I own just one Cary Grant magazine cover: the July 26, 1966 issue of LOOK, which features “Cary Grant and His Baby.” Several of my other mags contain ads, reviews, and articles about Cary. On the bookshelves, you may be surprised to know I own just three titles: Donald Deschner’s The Complete Films of Cary Grant, Jennifer Grant’s Good Stuff, and Richard Schickel’s Cary Grant: A Celebration. Because I became a fan of the man so early in my years of classic film discovery, before I had much spending money of my own, most of the reading I’ve done about Cary has been from the library. There are several heftier Grant books yet to be added to my shelves.

Cary Merch

I tend to target most of my collecting efforts toward books and DVDs, but having seen several Cary Grant films on the big screen at the Redford, I couldn’t resist picking up one more collectible: a t-shirt! My shirt is from the screening I attended of Notorious and features a poster for the film, with Cary and Ingrid’s beautiful faces featured prominently.

Most-Wanted: Cary films on my DVD wishlist!

Of course, I’d like to own every Cary film eventually. There are a few I’m particularly eager to pick up.

She Done Him Wrong (1933), The Talk of the Town (1942), The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) and I Was a Male War Bride (1949) are all Cary films I’ve seen, have loved, and would love to own.

This Is the Night (1932) was Cary’s first film. I haven’t seen it, and since I own his final film (Walk, Don’t Run), it would be nice to bookend the collection.

Topper (1937), one of my favorite Cary films, is highest on the list. I adore it and have kept a copy saved on my DVR for several years. I want it on the shelf!

Owned Cary Films

I own 29 of Cary Grant’s films. Here’s the alphabetical list!

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Charade is one of my favorite Cary Grant films, and one of the prized items of my DVD collection. (Image via vagueenvogue.blogspot.com)
  • The Amazing Adventure (1936)
  • An Affair to Remember (1957)
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  • The Awful Truth (1937)
  • Big Brown Eyes (1936)
  • The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • Charade (1963)
  • Destination Tokyo (1943)
  • The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
  • Gunga Din (1939)
  • His Girl Friday (1940)
  • Houseboat (1958)
  • Kiss and Make-Up (1934)
  • The Last Outpost (1935)
  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
  • My Favorite Wife (1940)
  • Night and Day (1946)
  • North by Northwest (1959)
  • Notorious (1946)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • The Pride and the Passion (1957)
  • Suspicion (1941)
  • Thirty Day Princess (1934)
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
  • Walk, Don’t Run (1966)
  • Wedding Present (1936)
  • Wings in the Dark (1935)
  • Without Reservations (1946)
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6 thoughts on “Collector’s Corner: Collecting Cary Grant

  1. If you can find it, there is a great box set containing 18 of Cary’s films (CARY GRANT, THE VAULT COLLECTION) including This Is the Night, She done him Wrong, The Woman Accused, Hot Saturday, Ladies Should Listen, Devil and the Deep, Madame Butterfly, Gambling Ship, Blonde Venus
    I’ve reviewed This is the Night,Gambling Ship on my blog http://viennasclassichollywood.com

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  2. Your Grant films-owned list looks as long as my Clint Eastwood list; I just counted, and I’m surprised it totals 41! And from your list of Grant films, I own 16…plus (don’t be jealous) ‘The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer’ and ‘I Was a Male War Bride’!

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    1. That’s quite impressive, 41! I’m not sure who my actual most-owned actor/actress is. Possibly Stanwyck since I’ve purchased quite a few of her films for the project. I guess we’ll find out as this series goes on, haha. You’ve got me beat by a longshot on Eastwood, though thanks to you and Josey Wales I am seeking out and enjoying his films more often!

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