May 25th, 2005
Cary Grant
Quotable Cary

Cary Grant

American Masters Online presents a sampling of witticisms, one liners, and knock-out dialog from Cary Grant, the characters he played, and some of his best known co-stars.

Sylvia Scarlett: You’ve got the mind of a pig.
Jimmy Monkley: It’s a pig’s world.

David Huxley: Now it isn’t that I don’t like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I’m strangely drawn toward you, but – well, there haven’t been any quiet moments.

Susan Vance: Well, don’t you worry, David, because if there’s anything that I can do to help you, just let me know and I’ll do it.
David Huxley: Well, er – don’t do it until I let you know.

Sgt. Archibald Cutter: Now you’re all under arrest. Her Majesty’s very touchy about having her subjects strangled.

Walter Burns: Look Hildy, I only acted like any husband that didn’t want his home broken up.
Hildy Johnson: What home?
Walter Burns: “What home”? Don’t you remember the home I promised you?

Hildy Johnson: He treats me like a woman.
Walter Burns: What did I treat you like? A water buffalo?

Tracy Lord: You hardly know him.
C. K. Dexter Haven: To hardly know him is to know him well.

C. K. Dexter Haven: Of course, Mr. Connor, she’s a girl who is generous to a fault.
Tracy Lord: To a fault.
C. K. Dexter Haven: Except to other people’s faults.

C. K. Dexter Haven: Sometimes, for your own sake, Red, I think you should’ve stuck to me longer.
Tracy Lord: I thought it was for life, but the nice judge gave me a full pardon.
C. K. Dexter Haven: Aaah, that’s the old redhead. No bitterness, no recrimination, just a good swift left to the jaw.

Devlin: Dry your eyes, baby; it’s out of character.

H. H. Hughson: You are a man of obvious good taste in everything. Why did you–
John Robie: Why did I take up stealing? To live better, to own things I couldn’t afford, to acquire this good taste that you now enjoy and which I should be very reluctant to give up.
H. H. Hughson: Then you are frankly dishonest.
John Robie: I try to be.

John Robie: For what it’s worth, I never stole from anybody who would go hungry.

Roger Thornhill: Now you listen to me, I’m an advertising man, not a red herring. I’ve got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don’t intend to disappoint them all by getting myself “slightly” killed.

Roger Thornhill: When I was a little boy, I wouldn’t even let my mother undress me.
Eve Kendall: Well, you’re a big boy now.

Eve Kendall: It’s going to be a long night.
Roger Thornhill: True.
Eve Kendall: And I don’t particularly like the book I’ve started.
Roger Thornhill: Ah.
Eve Kendall: You know what I mean?
Roger Thornhill: Ah, let me think. Yes, I know exactly what you mean.

Eve Kendall: I’m a big girl.
Roger Thornhill: Yeah, and in all the right places, too.

Eve Kendall: How do I know you aren’t a murderer?
Roger Thornhill: You don’t.
Eve Kendall: Maybe you’re planning to murder me right here, tonight.
Roger Thornhill: Shall I?
Eve Kendall: Please do.

Roger Thornhill: What’s wrong with men like me?
Eve Kendall: They don’t believe in marriage.
Roger Thornhill: I’ve been married twice.
Eve Kendall: See what I mean?

Regina Lampert: I already know an awful lot of people and until one of them dies I couldn’t possibly meet anyone else.
Peter Joshua: Well, if anyone goes on the critical list, let me know.

Regina Lampert: Do you know what’s wrong with you?
Peter Joshua: No, what?
Regina Lampert: Nothing.

“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.”

“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.”

“Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”

  • Mary

    Cary Grant was one of the actors who was always handsome but he became even more handsome as he grew older. I liked the way he looked even at 80!

  • toni miller

    I was younger than ten when I first saw Cary Grant. I was sitting on the livingroom sofa dosing off. I was trying to follow the story in” Arsenic and Old Lace”. The scene when Cary walks in on the two oid ladies. He came in and out of the swinging doors and I just laughed and laughed. Lauighing woke me up and I sat through the whole movie laughing and smiling. I didn’t really have the extended vocabullary to explain why he appealled to me. Yet I knew he was tall and had black hair with big black eyes that’s the way they look on a black and white. Well I still love to watch him and the way he re-acts to the camera is totally classic.

  • toni miller

    I was younger than ten when I first saw Carey Grant. I was dozing off on the livingroom sofa. The scene when he is at the old ladies house. When he goes in and out of the swinging door I laughed and laughed. I woke up from all the laughing and sat through the whole movie laughing and smiling. I still love Cary Grant and enjoy watching his relationship with the camera. He is one classic actor . I seen a tall man with black hair and gorgeous eyes. I was enchanted and don’t mind saying still.

  • Monty

    Cary Grant always was and continues to remain one of the finest actors. There is something about him that attracts you to him, no matter how old you are or which place on the planet you belong. He had an appeal that went beyond boundaries. All women wanted to be with him and all men try to be like him. No wonder he said “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant…”

    His charisma and his magnetism will never cease to influence generations, all new and old, until there is Hollywood and until man is interested in motion pictures.

  • Barry Wright

    Well, what can I say? Cary Grant or Archie Leach was the realest fake ever. His devastatingly charm
    warmed everyone who came in contact with him. Fake? Yes, we all are, trying to cover our meager gifts with
    an aura of invincibility and beauty, but Cary did it best. He had the advantage of already being a beautiful man and became more
    so with age, his outer perfection inseparable from that complex soul he bore as best he could, the combination making us helpless with admiration and
    affection. We did more than merely buy his act, we worshipped and reveled in it, as if we knew that this is what humanity was supposed to be about but rarely was.

    His gently teasing good humored compassionate presence was what we all wanted to be, but we somehow lost track of our resolve only to be reminded when Cary came into view. We sorely need another Cary, but alas he is
    gone and we mourn, we mourn for ourselves….

  • Judy Fergusen

    What movie please of “Judy, Judy, Judy”?

  • RLW
  • Maggie Victoria

    Some of them are just hilarious. Cary Grant was such a great actor.


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