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Laughter Is The Best Medicine: Five Favorite Comedies Starring Cary Grant

Mar 19, 2018 |

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

As I write this, I am not in a lot of pain. Now, you may be wondering why I am telling you this. The answer is two-fold. Last month, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. If you aren’t familiar with it, an over-simplification of it is body aches and pains similar to those of influenza but ten times worse and it is a chronic condition that doesn’t “get better”. You can manage the pain with medication however for a lot of people with Fibromyalgia the pain is always there whether you take medication or not.

You can have “good days”, like I am having today, or you can have “bad days” where you can not move without screaming. On those bad days you manage the best you can and try to find things to distract you, even temporarily from the pain. 

For me, the weather greatly impacts my pain levels. A low barometer, associated with rainy weather, shoots my pain level off the charts. So far, medication is making my pain manageable and hasn’t impacted my ability to continue adding new movies, mini biographies and new articles to Classic Movie Treasures. Hopefully, it won’t.

[UPDATE: The pain free me can do anything, however the pain full me is changing our new article schedule. You can read about the updated schedule here.]

The old adage “Laughter is the best medicine” is true. So whether you have Fibro or not, everybody has good days and bad days so the next time you have a bad day I hope these movies serve as a distraction.  Today, I have chosen my five favorite comedies starring Cary Grant.


Five Favorite Comedies Starring Cary Grant

(just click the title watch a preview.)

Poster for the movie "Arsenic and Old Lace"

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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Starring Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane

Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. We watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene. Now all that is required is a quick trip home to tell Mortimer’s two maiden aunts. While trying to break the news, he finds out his aunts’ hobby; killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar.  

Watch out for the elderberry wine and “Teddy Roosevelt”.


Poster for the movie "Father Goose"

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Father Goose (1964) Starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, and Trevor Howard

During World War II South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow!

Jenny and Gretchen are my favorites.


Poster for the movie "His Girl Friday"

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His Girl Friday (1940) Starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell

Hildy Johnson has divorced Walter Burns and visits his office to tell him that she is engaged to another man and that they are going to get married the next day. Walter Burns can’t let that happen and frames the other man, Bruce Baldwin, for a lot of stuff getting him into trouble all the time, while he tries to steer Hildy back into her old job as his employee (editor of his newspaper).

You might have to watch it a couple of times to catch all that’s going on.


Poster for the movie "I Was a Male War Bride"

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I Was a Male War Bride (1949) Starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan

Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Capt. Rochard tries to return to America with the other female war brides. Zany antics follow.


Poster for the movie "Monkey Business"

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Monkey Business (1952) Starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, and Marilyn Monroe

Barnaby Fulton is a research chemist working on a fountain of youth pill for a chemical company. One of the labs chimps, Esther, gets loose in the laboratory and, having watched Dr Fulton do something similar, mixes a beaker of chemicals, but then pours the mix into the water cooler. Later, when trying one of his own samples, washed down with water from the cooler, Fulton begins to act just like a 20-year-old and believes his potion is working. Soon his wife and boss are also behaving like children too.

Ginger Rogers is great in this.


If for some reason Cary Grant is not your cup of tea, what is wrong with you? (just kidding) you can find a comedy to fit your tastes here.