Cary Grant Vintage PARAMOUNT PICTURES Portrait Still 1

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  • Sold Date: Nov 05, 2006
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Offered is a vintage original 8x10 double-weight publicity still of Hollywood legend Cary Grant . Taken during the early 1930s, the image features a portrait shot of Grant wearing a black naval uniform with hat while posing in front of an interior studio backdrop. The credits on the bottom white border read CARY GRANT IN PARAMOUNT PICTURES. Please Credit Paramount Photo . Measuring 8"x10", the still is printed on a thick double-weight stock and has a beautiful glossy surface. It is in very fine condition with no chips, tears, pinholes or creases.

This is a vintage original still printed during the early 1930s and is not a restrike or later copy still.

Once told by an interviewer "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." His early years in Bristol, England, would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood except for one extraordinary event. At age nine he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. The real truth, however, was that she had been placed in a mental institution, w she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he never saw his mother again until he was in his late 20s). He left school at 14, lying about his age and forging his father's signature on a letter to join Bob Pender's troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920 was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the US. Their show on Broadway, Good Times , ran for 456 performances, giving Grant time to acclimatize. He would stay in America. Mae West wanted Grant for She Done Him Wrong (1933), because she saw his combination of virility, sexuality and the aura and bearing of a gentleman. Grant was young enough to begin the new career of fatherhood when he stopped making movies at age 62. One biographer said Grant was alienated by the new realism in the film industry. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he had invented a man of the world persona and a style--"high comedy with polished words". In To Catch a Thief (1955) he and Grace Kelly were allowed to improvise some of the dialogue. They knew what the director, Alfred Hitchcock, wanted to do with a scene, they rehearsed it, put in some clever double entendres that got past the censors and then the scene was filmed. His biggest box-office success was another Hitchcock 1950s film, North by Northwest (1959), made with Eva Marie Saint since Kelly was by that time Princess of Monaco.

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