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Writing with the low-key stylishness his subject deserves, academic Graham McCann pays tribute to the working-class Englishman who became "a democratic symbol of gentlemanly grace" to moviegoers world-wide. Aptly subtitled A Class Apart, the book sympathetically depicts Archie Leach--born into poverty, his mother committed to an asylum when he was nine--reinventing himself as Cary Grant, whose debonair screen persona showed no signs of these difficult origins. A decorous account of Grant's private life (McCann dismisses talk of bisexuality as mere rumour) accompanies cogent descriptions of his performances. --Christine Buttery --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
More than a dozen previous books about the actor are available, but McCann's well-researched addition is particularly valuable for its careful investigation of old canards. Publishers Weekly British-American film critic David Thomson, who considers Grant 'the most important actor in the ceinma,' calls this the best book about him so far. Desert Sun (Knight Ridder Newspapers) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Excellently written book that is a joy to read with many insights that enlighten and entertain. I could not recommend this book highly enough and would encourage it accompany the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael T Ryan
McCann has done a fair job at analysing Grant's career, yet, in the process, he has forgotten - or doesn't mind - that he his writing about a human being. Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2001
A well-written, thoughtful book that remains true to the persona represented by Grant. But when quoting from films it would have been far better to use character names (or actors')... Read morePublished on 5 April 2001 by Mandy Smith
It may be the persona of Cary Grant that gives this biography the impression that we are no nearer knowing anything more about "Cary Grant : The Person" than when we... Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2000
This is a superb book.Beautifully written,thoroughly researched and packed with insights,it deals with all the films,all the facts and most of the myths,and deals with them all... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2000