Cary Grant's Suit: Nine Movies That Made Me The Wreck I Am Today by Todd McEwen (HC)

Cary Grant's Suit: Nine Movies That Made Me The Wreck I Am Today by Todd McEwen (HC)

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A cinematic memoir and critical exploration of nine classics of old Hollywood by a contemporary comic novelist.

North by Northwest isn’t about what happens to Cary Grant, it’s about what happens to his suit. The suit has the adventures, a gorgeous New York suit threading its way through America. The suit, Cary inside it, strides with confidence into the Plaza Hotel. Nothing bad happens to it until one of the greasy henchmen grasps Cary by the shoulder. We’re already in love with this suit and it feels like a real violation.”

Todd McEwen grew up in Southern California, so his head was hopelessly messed with by the movies. As the son of relatively normal people, Todd had no in with Hollywood, a mere thirteen miles away, yearn and try as he might.

This is a kid who loved the movies so much, he got up at 4:30 in the morning to watch Laurel and Hardy. A kid who insisted on his birthday that his father project 8mm cartoons onto the family’s dining room curtains so they could be slowly parted, just like at a real cinema.

This is a kid who liked to
leave the movie and trudge up hundreds of dangerous iron steps to visit the lugubrious and always surprised projectionist. This is a kid who, years later, watched Chinatown over 60 times.

A love letter to old Hollywood, this is a book for anyone interested in film. Movies discussed include
Blotto, The Wizard of Oz, The Three Stooges, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest, The 39 Steps, The Trouble with Harry, and many, many more.


"A quirky, chewy gallimaufry containing a small jewel, a little masterpiece of a chapter, 'Cary Grant’s Suit,' which lends the book not only its title but also its fundamental claim to your attention . . . If I were compiling a new Oxford Book of Essays, I’d include 'Cary Grant’s Suit' alongside Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt and Joan Didion. It’s digressive, surprising, delightful." -Ian Sansom, Telegraph

"[An] entrancing mix of memoir and film critique essays… Todd McEwen’s book is knowledgeable, witty and personal and reminded me of some great movies I need to watch again." -Shiny New Books

"McEwen brings an intellectual and humorous perspective to the films that have shaped his personal journey. . . McEwen’s sentimental devotion is both noteworthy and impressive in this entertaining work." -Library Journal

Hardcover Edition
Publisher: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 978-1912559404
Pages: 168