It was time to do the scene, and Cary said, “George, why don’t we just go ahead? If you don’t like it, we’ll do it again.” So, without a rehearsal or anything, we started the scene. As I was talking, it hit me that I’d had too much to drink. So, as I explained things to Cary, I hiccuped. In answer to the hiccup, Cary said — out of the clear blue sky — “Excuse me.” Well, I sort of said, “Ummm?” It was very difficult for me to keep a straight face, because his ad-libbed response had been so beautifully done … Cary had an almost perfect humor.
Jimmy Stewart on Cary Grant while filming ’The Philadelphia Story’
The scene in The Philadelphia Story where James Stewart’s character is talking to Cary Grant while drunk, Stewart decided to start hiccuping in the scene and didn’t tell Grant. When he starts hiccuping, you can see Cary Grant looking down and grinning. Since the hiccup wasn’t scripted, Grant was on the verge of breaking out laughing and had to compose himself quickly. The scene required only one take (x).
Archibald Alexander Leach, a.k.a. Cary Grant || January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986
“Cary was a lovely, very generous actor. A good comedian. And so funny. He had a wonderful laugh. When you looked at that face of his, it was full of a wonderful kind of laughter in the back of the eyes.”
“I am a profound admirer of Cary’s. He was eager for everyone to have what was coming to him. There was no upstaging. Quite the opposite. He would give you your moment. He was always laughing and great to work with- so friendly and receptive. But after a while you realized he was a little… shy isn’t the right word… reticent. Cary had a polite sort of reticence.”
“He made me feel though I were the most interesting and witty person. He had that unique ability to make you feel as though you were the only person in the room.”