- by Debbie Dunlap
How in the world anyone spotted talent in
the gawky young man presented in this little short is way beyond me.
But my-oh-my am I glad I wasn't the one judging his abilities then.
I'm ever so thankful Cary's abilities were perceived and encouraged.
You really must have this short! It definitely shows how far Cary
grew in his craft.
I like Cary's less than perfect
performances; the veneer of stardom is missing. In his earlier films
we are able to see Archie Leach: motherless boy, knock-about, insecure,
vulnerable. As he matured, his performances were practically
flawless. Also as he matured, he'd perfected pretending to be Cary
Grant, until he was Cary Grant. Archie's attributes/drawbacks Cary
was able to mask or overcome when he was older. Though I thoroughly
enjoy the improved performances of the 50's and 60's, the
vulnerability and the imperfections is what draws me to him personally
in his early films.
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