Cary Grant, Carole Lombard and Kay Francis
One of my favorite movies is In Name Only (1939, directed by John Cromwell), starring Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis, and Charles Coburn. It’s everything I associate with a great movie:
- an excellent cast
- a compelling story
- wonderful direction
- a script that pulls you in
- moves your emotions!
Carole Lombard gives one of her finest performances in this one and Cary Grant and Kay Francis turn in wonderful performances in their own right. The only drawback of this one for me is the fact that Kay Francis DOES do such a phenomenal job. She is so deviously believable as the vile, selfish Maida that it makes you hate her with a cruel, cold hatred. After watching this film, I always have to remind myself that there’s a big difference between Kay Francis and the witch she played!
If you’ve never seen In Name Only, I hope you’ll catch it as soon as possible. It’s one of my favorite Cary Grant films and probably my absolute favorite Carole Lombard movie. She truly is breathtaking in this one.
Cary Grant and Carole Lombard