Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend – Book Giveaway (October)

Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend Book Giveaway
We have 8 Books to Giveaway this Month!

The definitive biography: forensic, myth-busting, and psychologically fine-tuned. Both a well-written work of scholarship and an entertaining ride through the life and work of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating stars.“– Mark Kidel, filmmaker and writer

CMH is very excited to announce that we will be giving away 8 COPIES of Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend by Mark Glancy, courtesy of Oxford University Press!

Cary Grant making of a hollywood legend Mark Glancy

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, Oct 31 at 6PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • Oct 10: Two Winners
  • Oct 17: Two Winners
  • Oct 24: Two Winners
  • Oct 31: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked around 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday Nov 1 around 10PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details…

Archie Leach, 1904
Archie Leach, 1904


And now on to the contest!

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, Oct 31 at 6PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:

Just entered to win the “Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @OUPAcademic & @ClassicMovieHub #CaryGrant #CMHContest link:

What is one of your favorite Cary Grant films and why?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

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Archie Leach, 1922
Archie Leach, 1922


About the Book:  A definitive new account of the professional and personal life of one of Hollywood’s most unforgettable, influential stars. Archie Leach was a poorly educated, working-class boy from a troubled family living in the backstreets of Bristol. Cary Grant was Hollywood’s most debonair film star–the embodiment of worldly sophistication. Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend tells the incredible story of how a sad, neglected boy became the suave, glamorous star many know and idolize. The first biography to be based on Grant’s own personal papers, this book takes us on a fascinating journey from the actor’s difficult childhood through years of struggle in music halls and vaudeville, a hit-and-miss career in Broadway musicals, and three decades of film stardom during Hollywood’s golden age. Leaving no stone unturned, Cary Grant delves into all aspects of Grant’s life, from the bitter realities of his impoverished childhood to his trailblazing role in Hollywood as a film star who defied the studio system and took control of his own career. Highlighting Grant’s genius as an actor and a filmmaker, author Mark Glancy examines the crucial contributions Grant made to such classic films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Notorious (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959), Charade (1963) and Father Goose(1964). Glancy also explores Grant’s private life with new candor and insight throughout the book’s nine sections, illuminating how Grant’s search for happiness and fulfillment lead him to having his first child at the age of 62 and embarking on his fifth marriage at the age of 77. With this biography–complete with a chronological filmography of the actor’s work–Glancy provides a definitive account of the professional and personal life of one of Hollywood’s most unforgettable, influential stars.

Cary Grant with Katharine Hepburn and May Robson in Bringing Up Baby
Cary Grant with Katharine Hepburn and May Robson in Bringing Up Baby


Please note that only United States (excluding the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canada entrants are eligible. No P.O. Boxes please.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase the on amazon by clicking here:


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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51 Responses to Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend – Book Giveaway (October)

  1. Robert Murray says:

    I love Charade. Cary Grant is as suave as ever, and the fun chemistry between Grant and Hepburn is infectious.

    • One if my fave Cary Grant movies is To Catch a thief: with Grace Kelly as co star directed by Hitch and it lured him out of retirement to make more films!! @flapperdame16 on twitter

  2. Marieann Marshall says:

    I love Arsenic and old Lace because he is so funny in this movie the faces he makes and the little sounds you can not help but laugh. This movie is great and really shows he can be funny as well with just his expressions and little sounds he make.

  3. Vickie Gleason says:

    This is tough as I like so many of his films. I’ve narrowed it down to 3 of my favorites!
    An Affair to Remember, Houseboat, and Mr. Blandings builds his Dreamhouse.

    The first two I love his romantic charm and the last I love the comedic side of him and the crazy plot of the movie.

  4. Cristina Armstrong says:

    My favorite Cary Grant film is “Notorious” starring him and Ingrid Bergman. The film is a suspenseful yarn and you watch with growing terror as Alicia puts herself in harms way to make up for the failures of her father, all while pining away for her Dev. Grant is stoic perfection throughout the film, putting country before his own feelings, until he can no longer ignore his fear for Alicia’s safety. Just a wonderful film.

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  5. One of my favorite cary grant films is: the bachelor and the Bobby- soxer with shirley temple, why? Because its very funny and nice and it has a very nice and lovely ending

  6. Bob Stein says:

    I love Cary Grant in “Arsenic and Old Lace”. His sense of timing and comedy came shining through. With all the eccentric and screwball characters in the film it was Grant you remember most, His playing off the other actors was perfection.

  7. Bob Stein says:

    I love Cary Grant in “Arsenic and Old Lace”. His sense of timing and comedy came shining through. With all the eccentric and screwball characters in the film it was Grant you remember most. His playing off the other actors was perfection.

  8. Bob says:

    Every time I see a Cary Grant movie, I appreciate him a little more. I haven’t seen all of his films, but for most of the films I have seen, he seems to play the same type of character. (That isn’t a knock or a complaint). Maybe that just means I haven’t seen enough Cary Grant movies.

    As for one of my favorites, I’ll go with the last one I saw (a first time viewing for me) … Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious”. This film opened my eyes to a more riveting/serious Cary Grant than I remember ever seeing before. And how about that 2-1/2 minute kiss with Ingrid Bergman? (I found this tidbit online: Hitchcock circumvented the ban on kisses of longer than three seconds by having the pair break apart momentarily every three seconds).

    Cary Grant films never get old … no matter when they were made. Thank you for the chance to win a book.

    To give credit where credit is due, that kissing quote above was found here:

  9. Kassidy Jacobs says:

    My favorite Cary Grant movie is To Catch a Thief! Anything done by Alfred Hitchcock is a classic, and I absolutely loved Cary Grant and Grace Kelly together in this movie. It is one of the first classic movies I watched, and it is definitely a favorite of mine. The scenery is so stunning and I loved the plot. The chemistry between the two actors was so fun to watch, and I love the summery feeling of the movie. I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  10. Estelle says:

    My favourite Cary Grant film is the Bishop’s Wife. His subtle and calm demeanour as an angel was the highlight of the film and his performance had a spiritual quality.
    The interaction with Loretta Young was exceptional–to elicit such strong feelings in her character while maintaining a neutral attitude (as only an angel can) showed me what an talented actor he was.

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  11. Amy Condit says:

    This is a difficult question.😀 I am going to say that “Bringing up Baby” is my favorite Cary Grant movie. His comic timing is indelible, he’s not afraid to be silly, and his verbal and physical comedy gifts are at the top of his game here. Other Cary Grant comedies I’m partial to include “Holiday” which is delightful, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” and “Monkey Business”.
    Out of the mystery genre, I love “Notorious”, “North by Northwest”, and “Charade”.
    Being a Marlene Dietrich fan, I enjoy Cary’s early 1932 film appearance in Josef von Sternberg’s “Blonde Venus”.
    There are still some Cary Grant films I’ve never seen such as “Gunga Din”, & I know I’m in for a treat. I look forward to reading some new books on Cary-I have one by Dyan Cannon (Dear Cary: My life with Cary Grant) & one by Graham McCann (Cary Grant: A Class Apart”. Thanks for offering this fine contest!

  12. Carl says:

    For many years Charade has been one of my favorite movies of all time. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are superb and the supporting cast, script, and direction are wonderful. Thanks for all the great giveaways this month, it’s very exciting!!

  13. RD says:

    There are so many films of his that I love. If I have to pick one I’ll pick Suspicion. It keeps you guessing for awhile whether he is a killer or not.

  14. Erin Sullivan says:

    I love An Affair to Remember (1957). It’s so wonderful. 2 people meet on a ship & fall in love. One of them was suppose to meet the other at the Empire State building, but something bad happen along the way. They see each other again later on , but the other doesn’t tell what happen at that when they were suppose to meet. You know what I mean?

  15. Vicki Carter Schilleman says:

    I love Charade. Suave, amusing, mysterious, and ultimately charming.

  16. GREG HATFIELD says:

    The Front Page is my favorite Cary Grant film.

  17. Jamie S says:

    I love an affair to remember. Such a classic love story. I love the ending and how they come together despite all that’s happened between them. Cary Grant is such a suave sophisticated man. An immensely talented man to watch. Do many good movies to choose from!
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  18. Shawn Moore says:

    So hard to pick only one, (and it likely would change from one day to the next), but I do love His Girl Friday – it is the perfect screwball comedy and the perfect Howard Hawks comedy.
    It has such a great energy to it with the snappy, overlapping dialogue, and ‘inside jokes’ – and some of the one-liners fly by so fast you may miss them on first viewing.

  19. Mark PAGAN says:

    Thank goodness for your qualifier “one of..” as two immediately came to mind: C. K. Dexter Haven (or should that be “HA-VEN!!”) and Roger Thornhill. Both men of privilege who have it stripped away, through rather different means, of course, but each negotiating the aftermath with aplomb, as perhaps only Cary Grant could. (and the same air of easy grace for Walter – “Father Goose,” upon consideration)

  20. Bev male says:

    Please can I have one big fan of Cary Grant and I am English 😆😆😆

  21. June Burnett says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    One of my favorite Cary Grant movies is Arsenic and Old Lace mostly because of the madcap, silly humor. His facial expressions are priceless and the timing of the dialogue is spot on. I love it when he’s the calm, aristocratic, ultimate cool guy, but that makes the comedies even funnier.

  22. Stuart Cook says:

    I really like 1933’s THE EAGLE AND THE HAWK. It is a great WW1 story with a strong message to it. Grant shines in this along with the rest of the Paramount cast.
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  23. Rick Pereira says:

    Arsenic and Old Lace

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  24. Billy Slobin says:

    This is the the toughest choice of all! I love all of his films but the top 2 are in order In Name Only as Alec with the greatest actress ever Carole Lombard and the terrific Kay Francis-such an emotional role for Cary and the film over all. Number 2 would by the super fun Mr. Blandings…his chemistry with Myrna Loy (Jim & Muriel are the cutest couple!) and the great Melvyn Douglas is a role many of us homeowners can empathize with…He is my #1. So may treasures NXNW, To catch a thief, Gunga Din, oh man I could go on all day…I hope I win this book…I’d read it immediately! Thanks for all you do and the time you take on your awesome blog Ann Marie

  25. Laura A. says:

    I love so many of his movies, but my favorite is Bringing Up Baby because it makes me laugh so much and holds up to repeated viewings!

  26. William McFarland says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen anything of his that I did not like, but a favorite has always been ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’. It’s a role that could be easily over, or under played, but Mr. Grant plays it right where it should be. It’s a great, funny, movie that always leaves me feeling good after I’ve seen it.

  27. Johnny Zito says:

    “None But The Lonely Heart”. This was a very personal film for Cary Grant and it shows. I love that he is playing against type and his acting alongside Ethyl Barrymore as his mother just tops it all off for me. This film resonates personally for me too. I absolutely love this film!

  28. debs crawford says:

    So many to choose from. Let’s go with Mr. Lucky. Love the nick name he has for his gal Jeanne, Briney Marlin..he uses cockney slang alot in that film. He’s a baddie turned goodie which also is charming as Cary isn’t the baddie often

  29. MaryKate D. Bonner says:

    I love “Holiday” with Katharine Hepburn. Watching these two amazing actors is a joyful experience- and gets better each time I watch it!

  30. Ana Roland says:

    Cary Grant films are my go to pandemic comfort viewing. I love them all. If I had to pick one favorite film it would probably be, NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959). First 1959 was a very good year (wink wink). This is Cary Grant’s “Bond” Film. You can’t take your eyes off of him as he encounters every cliff-hanging moment of this Alfred Hitchcock thriller. He keeps you enthralled even when he is doing nothing at all on-screen. He is so debonair that women love his charm and witty bon-mots but he also appeals to men who want to emulate his style. Cary Grant is the epitome of the classic movie star. As he once said, “ Even I want to be Cary Grant”.

  31. Dawn Yardeni says:

    One of my favorite Cary Grant films is Arsenic and Old Lace. Comedic as his facial expressions are, he is practically a straight man for the Aunts, Raymond Massey and Peter Lorrew. OMG – E.V.E.R.Y. time I watch it I laugh until tears come from my eyes. I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  32. Joel Henderson says:

    The Bachelor and The Bobby Soxer.

    He was just his usual cool self dealing with Shirley Temple and at the same time low key charming her sister Myrna Loy. That’s my favorite Cary Grant movie.

  33. There is so much to love about The Eagle and The Hawk with Fredric March and a brief appearance with a radiant Carole Lombard. It’s a script by John Monk Saunders and directly partially by Mitchell Leisen. I love the flying and the life or death drama. Grant was wonderful in this. But Arsenic and Old Lace, that’s awfully good fun.

  34. Jack S says:

    North By Northwest.

    Its my favorite CG movie because its uses all of his expertise in a single movie, Serious, Comedic, Charm, Physical acrobatics that no other actor is able to achieve.

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    • Jeffrey says:

      Super tough decision, but going to have to go with The Philadelphia Story. Grant teamed with Jimmy Stewart and the incomparable Katherine Hepburn is just magic every time I watch.

    • Bill Biss says:

      I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message. To Catch a Thief as not only is Cary wonderful in the film, Grace Kelly is as well.

  35. Carol Mulholland says:

    So, so many great movies… but Arsenic and Old Lace for me – it kills me every time I watch it.

  36. Jim Reid says:

    My favorite Cary Grant film is Only Angels Have Wings. The gritty life or death work of the pilots mixed in with a good love story makes this a perfect blend in my opinion. Another surprising classic from Harry Cohn’s Columbia studio.

  37. Charles Lore says:

    My favorite Cary Grant film is THE TALK OF THE TOWN. Grant isn’t playing his usual dapper character, he’s a working man and one of high ideals and intelligence. On the lam, he happens to be hiding out in the temporary home of a judge who is about to be appointed to a higher court. This man is played by Ronald Colman so you get two of the most velvet voices discussing philosophy of law and joined by yet another unique voice in Jean Arthur. A delight from start to finish, arguably the best George Stevens film made before his war service.

  38. Cameron Bell says:

    Easily The Philadelphia Story. He is confident and sassy and knows from the start he will get her back…and plays them all like a fiddle, but with the humility of someone who just knows he belongs there with the Lord family.

  39. Melissa Wyatt says:

    Although Cary Grant features in many of my favorite films, I think my favorite of his performances has to be in The Philadelphia Story. It’s such a restrained performance while still being wryly funny and clever. He’s not the center of the story; rather he’s the steady scaffolding that holds everything up. That not only takes acting skill but it also requires a quelling of ego and I applaud him for that. It also blows my mind how active he is in the background when he’s not the focus of a scene WITHOUT upstaging the other actors or breaking character. It’s a beautiful, multi-layered performance.

  40. Mònica Guitart says:

    How to choose one only? I love Charade, North by Northwest, To catch a thief…. Let’s say my favourite is Indiscreet

  41. Lorri Langmaid says:

    Got to be “The Philadelphia Story”, though there are so many great ones.

  42. Lucy says:

    Hard to pick one but I’ll go with North by Northwest. Cary is magnificent in it – drama, thriller, romantic, physical and comedic acting by turns. He does so much with his face in this movie. Then of course there is the masterful work of Hitchcock and the very strong supporting cast. What’s not to love?

  43. Scott Perkins says:

    North by Northwest. It’s a classic!

  44. David Hollingsworth says:

    Gosh, there are so many of them, but I think I have go with Bringing Up Baby. His character David is the straight man to Kate Hepburn’s wild and zany Susan. You believe him as this reserved and funless man whose ordered life’s gets turned upside down and inside out.

  45. Ryan Lindstrom says:

    Gunga Din- early Cary Grant being suave and slapstick, a great character in a fantastic movie!

  46. Jack J Cibrian says:

    I love so many of his films, but I’ll go with North by Northwest. It’s basically Cary Grant playing “Cary Grant” on the run. It’s funny and exciting, and Grant is having a fun time with the role.

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