It has often been said that Charade
is the best Hitchcock movie there is that
wasn’t actually directed by Alfred
I don't think that gives the movie its
While there are Hitchcockian elements to the
story and the plot twists, the film largely
succeeds because of the extraordinary charm
and screen chemistry of the two leads - Cary
Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
Stone actually wrote the film on spec for
those two very people, but when his agent
submitted it, every studio in Hollywood
turned it down.
the advice of his agent, he turned the
script into a novel.
magazine serialized the novel.
those same studios all wanted the movie
rights to the novel. All the
studios. And one director - Stanley
Although Donen was offering the least money,
he had something the studios didn’t - entree
to and credibility with Cary Grant:
with Audrey Hepburn:
He had made movies with both of them.
movies love a happy ending, but there are
rarely happy endings in the real
world of Hollywood. Astonishingly,
Peter Stone had a happy ending with his Charade
Unfortunately, Universal and the other
profit participants (Grant, Donen, Hepburn)
didn’t have such a happy ending with the Charade
Someone at Universal forgot to include the
word “copyright” or a (c) on the prints
showing the film when first released.
This omission meant the picture immediately
went into the public domain, and anyone was
free to copy and show or distribute the
movie. Non-authorized, but perfectly
legal, showings, videotapes and dvds have
proliferated for many, many years.
So, I talked about charm and screen
chemistry. Here are 4 of the first
minutes of Charade
with all of that and more.
the off-chance you haven’t seen Charade,
I don’t want to include a bunch of jazzy
excerpts that give away plot points.
Instead, here’s a link to the whole 110
minute movie! And it’ll be an
educational experience for many of you if
you watch this because the subtitles are in
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