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November 26, 2007 at 8:28 am
I love your attention to the details. Whenever I see tailoring like that I’m amazed & delighted…especially in modern day clothes.
(I have a lot of old movies that I should be watching).
November 26, 2007 at 9:06 am
Sart, it makes me really happy that you’ve been giving us a lot of commentary recently. I always love your pictures, but it’s the writing that really gets me to see things in a different way.
November 26, 2007 at 9:13 am
Oh! What a fab post! How I love that film Cary Grant is superb and Irene Dunne’s outfits, pure glamour! I believe movies are a great source of style and I wish you put more examples in the blog.
November 26, 2007 at 9:45 am
Oh my God! You and I are swimming in the same brainwaves, Sart. Although I loved Irene Dunne’s outfits more. They were very Ghesquiere!
CK Dexter Haven
November 26, 2007 at 10:14 am
Cary Grant at his best? Not so much.
I’d choose any of the following:
To Catch A Thief, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, or Charade.
Even My Favorite Wife, Notorious, Topper, or Thirty Day Princess, although for the latter, i may be more smitten with Sylvia Sidney….
But, whatever. It’s fantastic to see Grant getting some ‘ink’ these days. Irene Dunne was a treasure. All of those glamorous dames were…. Where has that gone? There aren’t any women like that any more…. No Hepburn, Dunne, Loy, Hepburn, Bergman….. Now i’m sad again…..
November 26, 2007 at 10:15 am
More stylish than North by Northwest? Are you sure??
November 26, 2007 at 10:20 am
“Carefree” is up there with “A Place in the Sun” and “Gilda” for me when it comes to great film costuming. If only all men still dressed like that on the weekends…
November 26, 2007 at 10:21 am
As to the scarves…
Bellamy: silkGrant: cashmere
…because Grant’s looks so much more bulky. As you mentioned though, it’s likely because his whole look is a bit chunky.
November 26, 2007 at 10:25 am
North by Northwest is one great suit
To Catch A Thief and The Philadelphia Story would be tied for second place
the drunken scenes with Grant and Stewart in Philadelphia Story are priceless
November 26, 2007 at 10:30 am
My vote goes to Bringing Up Baby and Philadelphia Story for classic Grant and Hepburn!
November 26, 2007 at 10:34 am
I love Cary Grant, but it is always about him… What about Gary Cooper and Gregory Peck? Also very stylish and so handsome!
November 26, 2007 at 10:48 am
I remember “Carefree.” I saw it a few months ago, and remarked (to myself) what great clothes were in that film.
Say, what about that fireplace in the third photo down?
November 26, 2007 at 11:46 am
November 26, 2007 at 3:00 pm
Thank you! An amazing (and hilarious) film. The thing about Cary Grant is that he is SO funny that in serious moments his charm, ease and style are magnified.
Being able to fall, smile, scowl and laugh with style is so much harder than the one look guys who will only mug the camera with serious intensity. Depth and dynamics… like music.
November 26, 2007 at 3:17 pm
Sart, I completely agree with your opinion about Grant’s style. This movie is one of my favourites since I was studiying cinema in Antwerp. Amazing!
However, ck dexter is also right. He was so nice in Bringing Up Baby…
PS. Love your photos.
November 26, 2007 at 3:28 pm
I can’t think of a great Grant look in Bringing Up Baby but it is funny
November 26, 2007 at 3:40 pm
I have to see the movie again, but I’d guess cashmere on the scarves. The way they’re holding the shape w/o lustre suggests cashmere.
November 26, 2007 at 3:49 pm
Hey Sart…I know you’re carzy about Grant, but how ’bout some Edward Everett Horton and Adolphe Menjou?
The Clothes Horse
November 26, 2007 at 4:34 pm
The Awful Truth, admittedly quite good, but I would argue his best is “Charade.” And he does wonderful backflips in “Holiday” with Katherine Hepburn.
November 26, 2007 at 4:40 pm
For Anon 3:49
The scene with Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore in “The Gay Divorcee” is one of my super all-time favorites
November 26, 2007 at 5:26 pm
I love old movies. I get so distracted by the glamorous clothes and attention to detail in their outfits I actually forget to take note of the story line. People so rarely dress up like they did in old movies anymore. I think the only show to come close to have so such attention on the clothes was “Sex and the City” and we all know how fabulous Patrica Field is !!!
November 26, 2007 at 6:02 pm
Ah, to live in a world in which adult dress was a thing and young people aspired to it!
My daily subway commute is, among other things, an occasion for deep despair about everyday dress. It’s not that I require others to “dress up,” but would rather have them NOT DRESS LIKE CRUDELY SEXULIZED CHILDREN!
Even, and probably especially, when they are.
November 26, 2007 at 6:13 pm
Congratulations on discovering The Awful Truth! One of my favorite films of all time. You may want to look for Ralph Bellamy in Hands Across the Table, with Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray. He gives a very nice performance in that and dresses well.
But my altime favorite clothing watching movie is Midnight with Claudette Colbert and John Barrymore. Her fantasy wardrobe makes me cry, it’s so beautiful.
November 26, 2007 at 8:00 pm
This is the movie in which Carey Grant became Cary Grant, he said that he was imitating the director, Leo McCarey in this role & the style stayed with him for the rest of his career. Leo McCarey was very chic. If you liked this movie please watch My Man Godfrey, the home & fashion is perfect, and there is Carole Lombard!
November 26, 2007 at 11:45 pm
I’m so glad you mentioned this film! Definitely my favourite Cary Grant screwball comedy. He is so dapper in The Awful Truth. I agree though, his style in To Catch a Thief is great too. Both very different eras, yet his innate sense of style is timeless.
November 26, 2007 at 11:46 pm
WELL, Im just gonna have to go rent that now ;-)If only my “so current it sucks” video store will carry it.
chris anthony diaz
November 27, 2007 at 1:47 am
say… how about throwing joel mccrea (‘foreign correspondent’, ‘the palm beach story’, ‘sullivan’s travels’, ‘the more the merrier’), tyrone power (‘nightmare alley’), william holden (’sunset boulevard‘) gary cooper (‘design for living’), 007 sean connery (especially ‘goldfinger’ and ‘thunderball’), ‘8 1/2’ marcello mastioanni, harry belafonte and robert ryan (both in ‘odds against tomorrow’) into the discussion too? those fellas were swell dressers too ya’ know in the golden age of cinema even!
November 27, 2007 at 6:31 pm
A little late getting in on this discussion. The Grant/Bellamy duo also works well in “His Girl Friday,” with Rosalind Russell.
I also think that Crant is also at his best in “Indiscreet” (with Ingrid Bergman) and “An Affair to Remember” (with Deborah Kerr). His wardrobe in both films is wonderful, and his comic timing spot on.
In “North By Northwest,” the scene of him dressing in the hospital is classic. Yellow boxers, and he swtiched from the brogues used earier in the film to cordovan tassel loafers to match the effortlessly casual look used for the final scenes. Timeless. Classic.
November 27, 2007 at 9:23 pm
that is such a great film! my grandma and i watched it recently during one of our weekly movie nights together. of course, i couldn’t get over irene dunn’s wardrobe long enough to notice grant.
November 28, 2007 at 7:10 pm
White scarves with evening dress were always silk. However, it’s likely these weren’t a harsh white but an ivory colour.
November 28, 2007 at 7:12 pm
And there’s no lustre to the scarves because they’re WOVEN silk.
November 28, 2007 at 11:57 pm
Gah! _The Awful Truth_ is my favorite Grant film, too! Not only for the wardrobe department, but the humor is really pitched to perfection by both Grant and Dunne. Such a great film.
December 6, 2007 at 5:35 pm
scarves: I believe the scarves are both a woven raw silk. The only reason I think this is because my father has one that he wears with his top coat (that is just like Grant’s but navy). He got it in Vienna waaaay back in the day…I assume its the same type because it looks just like those.
December 8, 2007 at 6:51 am
Actually, both scarves are likely to be silk. They are known as opera scarves and all men would have once had them. My father still has the one my grandfather used to wear, and I see men in London wearing them still occaionally. Re: Stella’s post, they are unlikely to be raw silk, but they are generally a fairly thick ivory silk fabric, with a fringe at either end.
December 10, 2007 at 8:08 pm
“Daddy Longlegs” – Fred Astaire – also stellar style!
Your fan in SF…
December 7, 2010 at 6:56 am
The Best movie in the world..Such Class.
October 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm
OMG I habe always loved your blog but now that you posted Cary Grant- don’t know what to say! On my blog there are millions of posts where I just talk about how great he and his style were….
August 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm
You ought to have a look at the original “Ocean’s Eleven.” So many great suits to see on Sinatra, Martin, Lawford, and even Caesar Romero (The Joker in the original Batman TV series). Immediately after the heist, Sinatra sports a navy suit with a silver Macclesfield tie: elegance and simplicity. On the other hand, his orange pullover might be something worth of “GQ Regrets.” Anyway, it is a good movie; and Sinatra did it his way.
June 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm
Couldn’t have agreed more! Amazing post! Awesome to get reminded of the the ‘backward falling off” scene; it all spirals up to this scene!