Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius

About Harold Lloyd

“The King of Daredevil Comedy,” Harold Lloyd is best remembered today as the young man dangling desperately from a clock tower in the 1923 classic Safety Last. At the height of his career, Lloyd was one of the most popular and highest-paid stars of his time. While his achievements have been overshadowed by the work […]

Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter

About the Actor

Danny Kaye was a great American entertainer with an enormous creative range, encompassing dance, popular song, classical music, complicated verse, impersonation and improvisation, which melded together into an utterly unique style. He was equally popular and at home on the stage, television, the silver screen, and radio. Over the course of his career, Kaye’s talents […]

Cary Grant

Filmmaker Interview

American Masters Online sat down with CARY GRANT: A CLASS APART filmmaker Robert Trachtenberg to discuss Grant and the documentary. Why do you think the public remains so fascinated by Cary Grant? He transcends his era in the same way his frequent co-star Irene Dunne is able to do. It’s a timeless appeal that very […]

Cary Grant

Quotable Cary

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 Sylvia Scarlett: You’ve got the mind of a pig. Jimmy Monkley: It’s a pig’s world. BRINGING UP BABY David Huxley: Now it isn’t that I don’t […]

Cary Grant

The Essential Cary Grant

Robert Trachtenberg, Director of Cary Grant: A Class Apart, chooses his lists of “essential” Grant films. SYLVIA SCARLETT (1935) Co-Star: Katharine Hepburn Director: George Cukor His breakthrough role for which George Cukor said, “He finally felt the ground under his feet.” THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937) Co-Star: Irene Dunne Director: Leo McCarey His performances in screwball […]

Cary Grant

The Man from Dream City

Originally published in the New Yorker magazine, July 14th, 1975 By Pauline Kael. American Masters Online thanks the New Yorker for their kind permission to reprint this classic essay. “You can be had,” Mae West said to Cary Grant in “She Done Him Wrong,” which opened in January, 1933, and that was what the women […]

James Dean: Sense Memories

Filmmaker Interview – Gail Levin

American Masters Online interviewed JAMES DEAN: SENSE MEMORIES filmmaker Gail Levin. American Masters: What got you interested in this project? What drew you to James Dean? Gail Levin: Interestingly enough, there is a sort of circular story to this film. There is a very famous photograph of James Dean taken in Times Square in 1955. […]

James Dean: Sense Memories

Photographer Dennis Stock on James Dean

from his book “James Dean: 50 years Ago” 1955 “…When I look back at Los Angeles in the early fifties, and specifically Sunset Boulevard, it reminds me of the board game in which you try to move clockwise and upward, past designated obstacles, into “Stardom and Wealth.” Rolling the dice at the start, as a […]

Clint Eastwood: Out of The Shadows

Eastwood Noir

by David Kehr Throughout his career as an actor and a filmmaker, Clint Eastwood has practiced a policy of alternation, seldom repeating a tone, a character, or a genre two films in a row. He follows “Dirty Harry,” the 1971 urban thriller that was his breakthrough to superstar status, with the 1972 “High Plains Drifter,” […]