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Cary Grant: A Class Apart

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786115076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786115075
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,057,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"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)"

"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)

"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)"

"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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a fair and well written biography. Archie Leach had an inauspicious beginning in Bristol. His mother was committed to a mental institution by his father when he was eight.This was a man who made his own luck and used his main assets-looks,charm and dedication-very well. He got into music hall show business which eventually took him to New York. He progressed into films and the rest is history. Hard work was the key, but without his basic attributes it would not have been enough. He comes over as a pleasant man who used his charm mainly to succeed in films. To say a man who married five times was not a womaniser seems strange, but considering all the opportunities he had he was very selective and went into each marriage wanting it to succeed. He was liked by men too, and was a good father to his stepson Lance and his daughter Jennifer. Altogether a good man who loved his mother. A book worth reading.
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Format: Paperback
As a 21 year old Cary Fan and not even having been aware of his films until he was dead, a book was the only way I had of finding out anything about him. I found this book easy and straightforward to read, though at some points a little confusing in it's comparison with or dicreditation of other authors work on the same subject. Other books I have ready since this one seem to bring Cary to life again in their tone and language, where as this one is a cold,hard and dispassionate analysis of his life, warts and all. That may be what some people are looking for, but if you don't like your heroes to be toppled from their pedestals then this book isn't for you.
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A good read, having read other books on Cary Grant, this one would appear to be totally true, and no gossip and scandal as some do.
He had a good life, and enjoyed it to the full, although sad that all his marriages ended in divorce. Enjoyed this book!
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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. His book reads like a critical assessment of a play or film, rather than a cinematic legend, and one comes away from the experience feeling a little cold and uncomfortable. A lot went into the index - perhaps too much?
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Wow!This is the work of a proper writer,if you know what I mean,and this is as informative,authoritative,witty and wise account of the man,the actor and the star that we are likely to see.David Thomson,the great movie critic,rates this book as by a long,long way the definitive biography,and I certainly cannot fault it.A magnificent contribution to our understanding of Mr Grant in particular and of movie stars and actors in general.
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I've read several biographies of the great Mr Grant, and this is by far the best. It tells the story of the life very well, with a nice pace and a fine eye for the significant details, and it also analyses the image and the performances with real authority and charm.
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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 with wit,good judgement,sensitivity and (how rare!)decency.If ever a star deserved an elegant biographical treatment it is Grant,and now he has just such a biography.This is a joy from start to finish.
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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 viewing of Cary Grant's films.
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