The Cary Grant Collection This is not the best of the Man From Dream City -- or even the suavest or the screwiest or the darkest. This is a… The Cary Grant Collection This is not the best of the Man From Dream City -- or even the suavest or the screwiest or the darkest. This is a…
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The Cary Grant Collection (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jan 06, 2004; DVD Release Date: Jan 06, 2004; With: Cary Grant

This is not the best of the Man From Dream City -- or even the suavest or the screwiest or the darkest. This is a haphazard gathering of stuff only now appearing on disc. Though less snappy than Grant's other comedies for director Howard Hawks, ''I Was a Male War Bride'' (1949, 105 mins.) -- wherein Grant is blithely implausible as a Frenchman and wholly credible as an army officer bitterly besotted with Ann Sheridan's WAC lieutenant -- is the set's high point. The nadir is the melodrama ''Born to Be Bad'' (1934, 61 mins.), destined to be lousy from the moment Grant was cast as a dairy exec who drives his own delivery truck. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's ''People Will Talk'' (1951, 103 mins.) finds our man coming on like a hip Gregory Peck -- a saint of a doctor who cares for a pregnant and unwed Jeanne Crain and still finds time to conduct a student orchestra. The medal for glorious perversity goes to Stanley Donen's ''Kiss Them for Me'' (1957, 102 mins.), which melds a rote romance with a story about the existential alienation of military men. Conflicted about America, the movie finds its greatest call to patriotism in Jayne Mansfield's bosom, and Grant, a World War II hero attempting a booze-soaked shore leave, gets to showcase his sterling cynicism.

Originally posted Jan 16, 2004 Published in issue #746 Jan 16, 2004 Order article reprints