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Celebrating Cary Grant’s Birthday: His Top 10 Movies

AudreyHepburnandCaryGrantMarion Barry isn't the only rake with a milestone to celebrate. Also today: Cary Grant turns 106! Since Grant (né Archibald Alexander Leach) isn't around to receive our happy returns—he died in '86 and now serves principally as a touchstone for anyone writing about this guy—we thought we'd honor him with a rundown of his 10 greatest performances. Select videos below the jump:

1. To Catch a Thief (1955): Classic bad-guy-turned-good-guy-fights-to-clear-own-name; starring Grant, Grace Kelly, and the detective dude from Dial M for Murder.

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2. Charade (1963): A graying Grant runs twelve different games on Audrey Hepburn. Music by Mancini.

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3. Notorious (1946): Fighting Claude Rains with Ingrid Bergman.

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4. The Philadelphia Story (1940): Immaculate sparring with Katharine Hepburn. Jimmy Stewart co-stars.

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5. Some Like It Hot (1959)...oh wait, just kidding:

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6. Bringing up Baby (1938): Screwball comedy featuring Katharine Hepburn and a curiously docile tiger.

7. Gunga Din (1939): Plays it straight in classic Kipling story.

8. North by Northwest (1959): His iconic scene:

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9. Suspicion (1941): Appropriately sinister (opposite Nigel Bruce) as gold-digging husband of Joan Fontaine.

10. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944): In which Grant writes book called Mind Over Matrimony, gets married.

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  1. #1

    I share Cary Grant's birthday and enjoyed going through your Top 10, expecially number 5! Tony Curtis did a great take on Cary Grant, Cary Grant's response, as you will know, to the scene was "I don't sound like that!"

    I like 'Father Goose' too, so removed from his 'suave and debonair' image in that film!

    I often wonder what his life would have been like if he had not become an actor? would he have been like the character he portrayed in 'None But The Lonely Heart?'

    Naseem

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