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Cary Grant

Sylvia Scarlett

A con artist’s daughter flees to the UK dressed as a boy, which complicates things when she falls in love.

Image from Sylvia Scarlett

USA 1935
Dir George Cukor
With Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Brian Aherne, Edmund Gwenn
Certificate U
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

On loan to RKO, Grant plays a cockney alongside Hepburn’s Sylvia Scarlett (their first on-screen pairing), a con artist’s daughter who dresses as a boy and flees to the UK to escape the authorities. This early role, a compelling balance of light and dark, is a fine example of how Grant began to recreate himself film by film in order to become the star he was destined to be.


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