The year of Cary Grant

The year of Cary Grant is almost upon us! I'm sure we're all tired of waiting to kick off this important event that I dreamed up on a whim last night after a long tweet session with my friend Tucc. So I drafted a list of 26 films that will see me through 2016, including several that are new to me and one that I vowed years ago never to watch again, thanks to what's known around my house as "ugh, the Joan Fontaine Factor." Anything to save me from Father Goose. At the very least I figure this project will keep me off the streets and give me something to write about.

My carefully developed and purely scientific RATINGS SYSTEM will judge the merits of each film according to one or more of the following criteria:

  • Overall film quality
  • Chemistry w/costar
  • Charming cad scale
  • Costume fit & flair scale
  • Fox scale
  • Gray scale
  • Screwball scale
  • Romance scale
  • Tearjerker scale
  • Essential Cary Grant-ness
  • TBD

As I've seen most of these movies previously I have a good idea of where they'll rank across the spectrum, but no spoilers here. Some of them are perfect gems and a few are real stinkers, and if we're lucky I'll get through them all in this order:

  1. Sylvia Scarlett - 1935
  2. Topper - 1937
  3. The Awful Truth - 1937 
  4. Bringing Up Baby - 1938
  5. Holiday - 1938
  6. Gunga Din - 1939
  7. Only Angels Have Wings - 1939
  8. His Girl Friday - 1940
  9. My Favorite Wife - 1940
  10. The Philadelphia Story - 1940
  11. Penny Serenade - 1941
  12. Suspicion (yucko) - 1941
  13. Mr. Lucky - 1943
  14. Arsenic and Old Lace - 1944
  15. None But the Lonely Heart - 1944
  16. Notorious - 1946
  17. The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer - 1947
  18. The Bishop's Wife - 1947
  19. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - 1948
  20. I Was a Male War Bride - 1949
  21. To Catch a Thief - 1955
  22. An Affair to Remember - 1957
  23. Indiscreet - 1958
  24. North by Northwest - 1959
  25. That Touch of Mink - 1962
  26. Charade - 1963

(+ a hat tip to the good people at The Film Experience, who've undertaken similar projects with actresses over the past couple of years, albeit with a comprehensive and slightly more serious bent.)