Posts Tagged ‘Arsenic and Old Lace (film)’

Last night I watched the premiere of The Hobbit, and my favorite actor looked mighty fine in a great suit, crisp white shirt, and a tie clip.

Here he is:

from richardarmitageonline.com

Mighty fine.

He reminds me of another sharp-dressed man, Cary Grant.

Specifically Cary Grant in the movie Notorious with Ingrid Bergman.   I tend to watch Cary Grant’s comedies  (like Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer, and Arsenic and Old Lace) more than his dramas.  But today I’ve been thinking about Notorious.   What a great film.  Ingrid plays a bitter, damaged soul who falls in love with Cary.  Then as part of his job, he asks her to be a spy and seduce Claude Raines. There are a few wonderful scenes where Cary Grant portrays layers of feelings.   (Another tall, dark, handsome man with angst?  I sense a trend.)

This screenshot shows Ingrid Bergman and Cary ...

This screenshot shows Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant on an airplane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And he is beautifully dressed throughout.  Perhaps it was just the era where men wore suits, but from my research I know that Cary Grant took his public image seriously and had specially tailored shirts, suits, etc.  It was worth the effort.

Hmm.  I’m thinking Richard Armitage would be great in a remake of Notorious.

Another thought.   Cary Grant once said about himself,

“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be and I finally became that person. Or he became me. Or we met at some point.”

There is an interesting article about this, “Becoming Cary Grant” found at


(For some reason my linking function isn’t working).

I find this entire premise fascinating and encouraging.  I do believe we can improve ourselves, but I have to ask myself.  Who do I want to be and am I willing to make the effort to change?

Great minds think alike:

Richard Armitage: That Old-Fashioned Star Allure.

And no one analyzes Richard Armitage’s tailoring better than Servetus.

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