Charade (1963) Review

I managed to get a head start to the Cary Grant week on Sky Movies, as “Charade” is on anytime TV so it made for a good movie to watch when I woke up early on a Sunday morning. It was very charming and funny, no I am not just talking about Cary Grant I am referring to the whole movie.

The basic plot is romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? The woman is Regina Lampert (Audery Hepburn) was befriended by Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) but did he want the money too? With Tex Panthollow (James Coburn) and others on the case trying to track the money down.

This movie really was made up from a fantastic cast and it was brilliant to see some of the actors in their younger days those being James Coburn and Walter Matthau, whom i’d only seen in more recent movies. So was very good to see them back in the day to put it. Audery Hepburn was her usual elegant self, some fantastic outfits were worn by her in this movie. Cary Grant was very charming, and so funny as well. Hepburn and Grant had fantastic chemistry with each other on screen you could really not ask any more from them both. They really responded well with each other, which was delightful to watch. Who would not want Cary Grant saying this to you “How about making me vice president in charge of cheering you up?” – everyone would love to have Cary cheer them up.

The story takes quite a few twists and turns with a few deaths along the way as the search for the money hots up, who will save the day? I bet everyone can guess who that will be. I have to admit that I really loved the reference to “My Fair Lady” with Cary Grant using “On the Street where you live” after he took Audrey Hepburn back to her apartment. Even though Hepburn did not star in the movie until a year later, maybe this was just a little hint of what was to come? But yes that was a very geeky movie fan moment from me, as I noticed it straight away.

I think this was a very good movie to start off my Cary Grant week, as he was fantastic in it. One of his last movie roles as well, he was 59 years old in this movie but really did not look it. So I am now looking more forward to the other four Cary Grant movies I have sky+ for the rest of the week.

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