I’M NO ANGEL
1933, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: Wesley Ruggles

Singing, dancing lion tamer Mae West goes from Big Bill Barton’s Wonder Show to the bright lights of the Big Apple in this saucy romantic comedy. Wealthy Cary Grant is one of the men smitten with West, until her past threatens their engagement. But Mae isn’t one to take “no” for an answer! The blonde sex symbol penned the dialogue to this pre-Code hit – arguably her best - enshrining such lines as “It's not the men in your life that count, it's the life in your men” in movie immortality.


HOLIDAY
1938, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

Society girl Katharine Hepburn falls in love with her sister's idiosyncratic fiancé (a pitch-perfect Cary Grant), and the result is the greatest nonconformist comedy ever made. Working with Philip Barry's play as his foundation, director George Cukor considers serious issues about the human condition and what it means to be truly independent, yet does it all with a light, hilarious and charming touch.


THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER
1947, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Irving Reis

Sidney Sheldon scripted this classic comedy, with Shirley Temple as a teenager who develops a crush on Cary Grant after he guest lectures at her school. The girl's psychiatrist uncle (Ray Collins) convinces Grant to play along until the crush subsides, but Temple's feelings only grow more intense in a situation made even more complicated by a budding romance between Grant and his young fan's older sister (Myrna Loy).


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