Towards the beginning of the film, Cary Grant tells Ginger Rogers that he will always remember her character “just the way you look tonight;” evoking a look of confusion and a smirk from Rogers. The line is a reference to the song of the same title Fred Astaire sung to Rogers in Swing Time, the film in which the famous song was first heard.
We’re so lucky to have all of his [Robert MItchum’s] performances preserved on film. There was and is no other screen presence like his: dangerous, strong but guarded, ever-unconvinced by the actions of those around him, and that odd sense of someone smoldering on the inside but so damn cool on the outside. Now I just want to go home and watch Out of the Past, or Night of the Hunter, or The Lusty Men, or Macao, or Blood on the Moon and soak in every subtle expression and move, every word spoken by that low, mesmerizing voice; just anything Robert Mitchum ever did. —Jim Jarmusch
R.I.P. Cary Grant
Born Archibald Alexander Leach
January 18, 1904 - November 29, 1986
"Cary was magical. He was touched by the gods in the sense that he was different from everyone else. When he walked into a room, you had to look at him. Men liked him as well as women, and that’s incredibly rare. Men found him nonthreatening. If a woman said, ‘I’m in love with Cary Grant,’ most men couldn’t blame her."
"Most celebrities are concerned with how they look and how people react to them. Cary reacted to other people. His success never went to his head. There are people who would walk into a room and say, ‘Here I am.’ Cary walked in and said, ‘There you are.’"
-Abigail Van Buren
"I remember his laughter. We always laughed a lot when we were together… He was like a great warm fireplace. He warmed you and made you feel super. He was what one would hope a movie star would be like."
"Dad used the expression ‘good stuff’ to declare happiness or, as one of his friends put it, he said it when pleased with the nature of things. He said it a lot. He had a happy way of life. His life was ‘good stuff.’"
Jimmy Stewart photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1938
”The Kiss” ▸ Elvis and Barbara Gray photographed by Alfred Wertheimer backstage at the Mosque Theater, Richmond, June 30, 1956.
"The whole episode took about a tenth of a second. A minute later Elvis was on stage. Just then I was coming down from the men’s room and saw this scene. Of Elvis and the girl flirting, kind of having this private moment. I said to myself, "If I shot this… Elvis may have me fired and I lose my job" but then I said to myself, "What the heck I’ll take the chance…" While I’m having this internal conversation I put the camera to my eye and see these two figures in silhouette with a window background. So I got a little closer and closer and before I knew it and start snapping. Now they block my way so I stand up on the railing to get another angle. I get one picture where Elvis is in close. Then Elvis makes his move… sticks out his tongue… and the rest is history." — Alfred Wertheimer.