After moving to Hollywood and successfully landing a contract with Paramount Studios, young Archie Leach changed his name to Cary Grant at the studio’s request. He made his debut film in the comedy This is the Night (1932) as an Olympic javelin thrower, a role for which he disliked and threatened to leave Hollywood. Grant made Douglas Fairbanks his first role model, determining to establish himself as the “epitome of masculine glamour,” according to biographer Graham McCann. Even though he had a series of commercial failures throughout the decade, by the late 1930s, Grant had become a well-known leading man in town and was in high demand. His notable films in this decade are: Blonde Venus (1932), She Done Him Wrong (1933), I’m No Angel (1933), Sylvia Scarlett (1935), Suzy (1936), When You’re In Love (1937), Topper (1937), The Awful Truth (1937), Bring Up Baby (1938), and Holiday (1938).
1933. (Robert Coburn)
Take a look back at the gorgeous actor during the 1930s through 25 charming vintage photographs below:
On the Paramount Pictures Studio lot, 1932. (John Engstead)
1933. (John Engstead)
Bidding Virginia Cherrill a fond bon voyage before she sailed aboard the S.S. Champlain, 1933. (Bettmann)