In George Cukor’s 1938 adaptation of a Philip Barry comedy of manners, Cary Grant plays a young man who vaults over his working-class background to strike it rich and win the hand of an aristocrat (Doris Nolan). But he doesn’t want the future her wealth-loving father has mapped out for him; he dreams of a life of adventure. Katharine Hepburn plays his fiancée’s sister, who is fighting her own quiet rebellion against her family’s values and sees a kindred spirit in him. Grant and Hepburn give peerless performances.
The Fallen Idol
British director Carol Reed brings Graham Greene’s story about hero worship and betrayal to the screen. The protagonist is a diplomat’s son (Bobby Henrey) whose closest relationship with an adult is with the embassy butler (Ralph Richardson); when the butler is implicated in murder, the boy tries to save him. The 1948 movie is a tense, unsettling thriller and a poignant coming-of-age story.