Schwarz correctly notes that My Favorite Wife** was Cary’s breakthrough pic, “seemingly from nowhere the Cary Grant persona gloriously appeared, fully formed.” But he doesn’t note that Cary hated working on the flick, distrusting director Leo McCarey’s improvisatory approach, and fought to be taken off the picture! As I explained here! (Carefully cribbing from Marc Eliot’s excellent 2005 bio of Cary.)
*Yeah, Tom, exactly like a frickin’ viola ensemble! Exactly!
**OK, not so much. As Erich points out, Cary’s breakthrough pic was The Awful Truth, which I totally knew. This is what happens when I crack a forty before 10 AM. Stupid! Stupid!