Picks and Pans Review: Cary Grant: a Celebration

updated 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Richard Schickel

"Everyone grows older," Grace Kelly once commented, "except Cary Grant." Grant will be 80 on Jan. 18, but Princess Grace was right on the mark. In the 72 movies he made between 1932 and his retirement in 1966, Grant's youthful elegance never wavered, and he is still a model of aging gracefully. But in this pictorial biography TIME film critic Richard Schickel sees Grant as something more complex than a Mr. Charm; instead he is portrayed as an actor with a dark side who could convey an uneasy sense that the perfect tailoring might at any time become unravelled. With the help of some wonderful stills from such Grant classics as Bringing Up Baby, Notorious and The Philadelphia Story, Schickel makes his case most persuasively. (Little, Brown, $19.95)

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