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Cary Grant as Supporting Roles: 3 Times Star Shined Without Being Lead Actor

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Cary Grant, Thelma Todd in This Is the Night, 1932. (imdb.com)

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 03:35 PM

Cary Grant was well-known as a leading man in his feature films. Although most of the characters he played were leading roles, there were a few supporting roles he played earlier in his career.

Here are three times Cary Grant shined without being the lead actor:

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1. "Singapore Sue"

This 10-minute short called "Singapore Sue" was written by Casey Robinson and released on June 10, 1932. Starring Anna Chang and Joe Wong, this short is about four sailors enjoying themselves in a bar in Singapore. Grant's role as one of the sailors marks his third appearance onscreen. In the film, the sailors meet a Chinese girl from Brooklyn and "find there is more to her than meets the eye," according to IMDb.

Debbie Dunlap, a reviewer on Cary Grant.net
describes his humble beginnings: "Though I thoroughly enjoy the improved performances of the 50's and 60's, the vulnerability and the imperfections is what draws me to him personally in his early films."

2. "This Is the Night"

Released on April 8, 1932, "This Is The Night" gave Grant a longer amount of time in the spotlight, as it was 73 minutes in length. Starring Lily Damita, Charlie Ruggles and Roland Young, this was Grant's first full feature film. He plays an Olympic javelin thrower who comes home and finds his wife with another man. Directed by Frank Tuttle and produced by Paramount Studios, "This is the Night" was centered upon a married woman, her husband and her lover.

According to CaryGrant.net, "'This Is The Night' is a forerunner to the screwball comedies that Cary becomes famous for later on."

3. "Blonde Venus"

Also released in 1932 by Paramount Pictures, "Blonde Venus" starred Marlene Dietrich and Herbert Marshall. It's about a cabaret singer who meets up with a millionaire in order to pay for an operation her husband needs to keep him alive. Grant's character, Nick Townsend, plays a rich and handsome man.

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