Monday, January 18, 2010

Movie Quote Monday: Another Cary Grant Movie

To Catch a Thief is not only one of my favorite Cary Grant movies, it is also one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films.  Cary Grant plays a former cat burgler who is forced out of retirement when someone begins stealing jewels in Monte Carlo and the police suspect that he is the one committing the crimes.  He is able to obtain the trust of an insurance adjuster who agrees to help him catch the real thief.  A key member of the cast includes Grace Kelly who I think was one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. 

While this movie still contains some of the suspenseful moments that Hitchcock is known for, the movie is often light-hearted and is very enjoyable to watch.  If you have never watched a Hitchcock film before, this is one I would highly recommend beginning with.


One of Grace Kelly's best lines in the movie comes when she swims out the see who Cary Grant is talking to out in the water.

Frances Stevens: Are you sure you were talking about water skis? From where I sat it looked as though you were conjugating some irregular verbs.

Cary Grant invites the insurance adjuster to his house to discuss their plan of action.  The insurance adjuster compliments Grant's housekeeper's cooking and learns a little more than he expected.

H. H. Hughson: The pastries are light as air.
John Robie: Germaine has very sensitive hands and an exceedingly light touch. She strangled a German general - without a sound.

While in the water, Grant is talking to the daughter of a former acquaintance.  The conversations becomes a little heated between the two women.

John Robie: Say something nice to her, Danielle.
Danielle Foussard: She looks a lot older up close.
[John Robie whimpers]
Frances Stevens: To a mere child, anything over twenty might seem old.
Danielle Foussard: A child? Shall we stand in shallower water and discuss that?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Movie Quote Monday: Cary Grant Edition

I never watched many classic movies until I started dating Matt.  I held the belief that many people have that a black and white movie could not be that interesting.  Fortunately, Matt did not grow up with the same prejudice and he introduced me to many good movies and we discovered many more good movies together.  One of my favorite actors is Cary Grant for many obvious reasons.  We enjoy his acting range and the way that he can does well in both comedic and serious roles.  We need more actors today like Cary Grant (and the many others who starred with him).

This week's movie is one of two that he made with Myrna Loy (one of my favorite actresses).  The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer also started a grown up Shirley Temple and is full of many great lines.  The movie is a light-hearted comedy that shows the fickleness of young love.

Margaret: You know I'd die for you, only sometimes it's so hard living with you.

Matt Beemish: I'm the court psychiatrist.
Richard Nugent: Come back in an hour. I'll be crazy by then. 
Richard Nugent: Hey, you remind me of a man.
Susan Turner: What man?
Richard Nugent: Man with the power.
Susan Turner: What power?
Richard Nugent: Power of hoodoo.
Susan Turner: Hoodoo?
Richard Nugent: You do.
Susan Turner: Do what?
Richard Nugent: Remind me of a man...
Matt Beemish: I couldn't help overhearing. I had my ear to the door.
Waiter at Tick Tock Club: [to Nugent after he has been yelled at, insulted, slapped, had champagne tossed in his face and been stuck with the check] Can I get you anything else, sir?
Richard Nugent: For instance?
Richard (Dick) Nugent: How'd you get in here?
Matt Beemish: Well, the door was closed, so I opened it and came right in.