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Cary Grant: The Early Years Collection

"Devil and the Deep" (1932)      "The Eagle and the Hawk" (1933)     "The Last Outpost" (1935)

 

Before he was the suave, sophisticated and dashing movie star known as Cary Grant, he was a rising young leading man appearing in every type of genre film from war epic to action-adventure to romantic melodrama. "Cary Grant: The Early Years Collection" is a three-picture sampler of his early years at Paramount studios that includes "Devil and the Deep" (1932), "The Eagle and the Hawk" (1933), and "The Last Outpost" (1935). In "Devil and the Deep, " Cary is a lieutenant whose commanding officer (Charles Laughton) suspects him of seducing his wife (Tallulah Bankhead) when the real threat is another officer (Gary Cooper). "The Eagle and the Hawk" is a powerful anti-war adventure in which Cary and Fredric March play pilots with bitterly opposing views of warfare. "The Last Outpost" features Cary as a British officer stationed in th Sudan who falls in love with the wife (Gertrude Michael) of a secret agent (Claude Rains). **Three-disc set includes "Devil and the Deep," "The Eagle and the Hawk," and "The Last Outpost" (1935).**

 

Comments

Movies Unlimited and TCM Vault Collection teamed up with Universal Studios to release some classic movies for the first time on DVD. Unfortunately, these releases are only available at Movies Unlimited / Turner Classic Movies stores. We can not vouch for single movie releases, but at least this collection of 3 movies, Cary Grant: The Early Years, are on pressed DVDs coded for region 1. Each disc has a progressive transfer and from the best materials, but unfortunately the negatives for Paramount titles do not survive in Universal vaults, so the best available transfers are presented here.

 The Eagle and the Hawk is a shorter 1939 re-cut of the film - original 1933 version most likely no longer survives. There is some grain, light scratches and marks on the prints and the mono sound is adequate, but contains some distortion and hiss for the first feature, most likely due to early sound recording technology. Unfortunately, none of the films contain English or any other language subtitles or closed captioning. The Eagle and the Hawk contains a short intro by Robert Osborne and all 3 features include some galleries, text info and trivia about each film.

NOTE: From David in email: ``The second title, The Eagle and the Hawk, which gives sole director credit to Stuart Walker, is in fact now academically and universally agreed to have been completely directed by Mitchell Leisen (who received a credit only for "dialogue director" or some such on the titles.) Leisen explicitly stated this in interviews late in life and his biographers are in do doubt about the true authorship.

The screeenplay was written by a trio including John Monk Saunders from his own short story. Saunders was also the author of a number of WW1 Airforce or Flying pictures ( a virtual subgenre of the 30s) and has a hand in everything you can imagine from Wellman's Wings, through Hawk's original Dawn Patrol of 1930, and the Goulding remake of 1939.

Just as importantly one can confidently cite the film as Leisen's first fully realized feature in 1933 (after two earlier credits, only one of which I've been able to see), preceding the better known Death Takes a Holiday and Murder at the Vanities, both in 1934.

Leisen's characteristic "touches" - his intimately close work with actors and the shading of their performances, and his uncanny feel for romantic glamour in the midst of squalor or despair are all on display here, along with a not unidentifiable homoerotic undertone in the relationship between March and Grant - in whom we can see the latter's performance develop very noticeably in stature from a rigid unformed chracter player in the first half to the beginnings of a real star, in this picture.
`` (thanks David!)

 - Gregory Meshman


 

 

directed by Marion Gering
USA 1932

 

Intense drama stars Charles Laughton as a mentally unstable naval officer whose jealousy forces wife Tallulah Bankhead into the arms of lieutenant Cary Grant. When Grant shows up for duty aboard his submarine, Laughton goes off the deep end and collides the vessel with a freighter. When a struggle for command between the two men ensues, stowaway Bankhead attempts to convince the crew that her spouse is insane. Paul Porcasi, Juliette Compton co-star.

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Theatrical Release: 12 August 1932 (USA)

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Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Part of the 3-disc "Cary Grant: The Early Years Collection" that includes "Devil and the Deep" (1932), "The Eagle and the Hawk" (1933), and "The Last Outpost" (1935). In "Devil and the Deep".

 

 

Runtime 1:16:03
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.85 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Publicity Stills
• Scene Stills
• Movie Poster
• Lobby Cards
• TCMDb Article
• Trivia

DVD Release Date:
3 discs in a digipack

Chapters 14

 



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directed by Stuart Walker
USA 1933

 

Compelling WWI aviation drama stars Fredric March as the American commander of a British flying squadron who grows embittered over his sending of men to their deaths. After he returns from ordered shore leave, he finds the pressure of his career too much to bear--resulting in tragedy. With the help of cynical friend Cary Grant, he embarks on one final mission. Carole Lombard, Jack Oakie, Guy Standing co-star.

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Theatrical Release: 6 May 1933 (USA)

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Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Part of the 3-disc "Cary Grant: The Early Years Collection" that includes "Devil and the Deep" (1932), "The Eagle and the Hawk" (1933), and "The Last Outpost" (1935). In "Devil and the Deep".

 

 

Runtime 1:13:06
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.84 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Robert Osborne Introduction (2:05)
• Publicity Stills
• Scene Stills
• Movie Poster
• Lobby Cards
• TCMDb Article
• Trivia

DVD Release Date:
3 discs in a digipack

Chapters 12

  



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directed by Charles Barton and Louis J. Gasnier
USA 1935

 

Set against the backdrop of World War I, this classic drama stars Cary Grant as a British officer assigned to the Eastern Front who is attacked by raiders and left to die in the Kurdish desert. Rescued by mysterious intelligence agent Claude Rains, he eventually reaches a British military hospital in Cairo. While recovering there, he falls for nurse Gertrude Michael--unaware that she is Rains' wife.

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Theatrical Release: 11 October 1935 (USA)

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DVD Review: Universal (Cary Grant: The Early Years) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Part of the 3-disc "Cary Grant: The Early Years Collection" that includes "Devil and the Deep" (1932), "The Eagle and the Hawk" (1933), and "The Last Outpost" (1935). In "Devil and the Deep".

 

 

Runtime 1:16:21
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.87 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Publicity Stills
• Scene Stills
• Movie Poster
• Lobby Cards
• TCMDb Article
• Trivia

DVD Release Date:
3 discs in a digipack

Chapters 15

 

 



DVD Menus
 

 


Screen Captures

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 




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