Six films for $40 is quite the bargain, so don’t hesitate to pick up “The Cary Grant Film Collection” (1934-1957, Fox, unrated, $40), a new box set that boasts the half dozen movies the actor made for 20th Century Fox from 1934-1957.
The collection contains two of Grant’s best — “People Will Talk” (1951) and “An Affair To Remember” (1957) — as well as a pair of fizzy rom coms — “I Was A Male War Bride” (1949) and “Monkey Business” (1952) — directed by the great Howard Hawks. The set is rounded out by two lesser-known but still enjoyable entries — the soapy “Born to Be Bad” (1934) with Loretta Young and “Kiss Them For Me” (1957), a military farce that benefits from the occasional blast of cynical humor.
Two of the films have local connections. Phillipsburg, N.J., native Jayne Mansfield co-stars with Grant in “Kiss Them For Me” as a party girl who hangs out with three Navy fliers (Grant, Ray Walston, Larry Blyden) on shore leave in San Francisco. It would be the last major role for the actress, who died in a car crash in 1967 at age 34. She’s buried in Fairview Cemetery in Pen Argyl.
“People Will Talk,” written and directed by Wilkes-Barre native Joseph L. Mankiewicz, stars Grant as a physician under investigation for ethics violations that may or may not have occurred early in his career.
In the meantime, Grant meets, falls in love with and marries a young woman (Jeanne Crain) who happens to be pregnant with another man’s baby. The film, talky but wonderful, is among the most personal and heartfelt of Mankiewicz’s career. Don’t miss this one.