Tales from Tinseltown…recording them now…I'll let you know when it's story time.
JAMES STEWART – STUDIO PORTRAIT VS MGM’S REMBRANDT (TED ALLAN)
JOEL McCREA – STUDIO PORTRAIT VS ERNEST BACHRACH (VERY REMBRANDTY, WITH MUSCLE)
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In many ways, for The Dandy at least, the ultimate male leading man… and I use the term precisely, not ‘star’ nor ‘actor’ and most certainly neither ‘matinee idol’ nor ‘talent’.
His life too nothing short of remarkable, hos life long friendship with Lance Hutton and the discharging of his final duties to him have always endeared me to the man.
The Perfumed Dandy
From callow maitre’d in the first picture to immaculate, sophisticated icon in the second, and what a teasing expression! Of course his hair is exactly the same in both. Mr Grant was always at his best in sensitive or unconventional roles, the wit and darkness and unpredictable comic energy was compelling, the sense of emotional complexity and unknowableness worked well in comedy and drama but put him in a conventional straitjacket – without a sardonic or sensitive edge and he could be a bit dull eg Operation Petticoat. Hitchcock and Hawks used him very well.
Sigh. Be still my heart. Isn’t this an amazing example of the difference in a photographer’s eye and capabilities? It is positively textbook! He looks positively B bit player in the first and in the second…oh, the Dream of Cary Grant…
we ADORE Cary.
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