The following article comes from FILMS IN REVIEW magazine , written by Michael Buckley:
I’ve added illustrations.
“Judy, Judy, Judy”. He never said the line, but millions who imitated him did.
As Sergeant Cutter in GUNGA DIN, he blithely informed a cult of killers who filled a temple – “You’re all under arrest”…..
As C. K. Dexter Haven in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY”, he flattened Katharine Hepburn’s Tracy Lord for breaking his golf club…….
As Roger Adams in PENNY SERENADE , he pleaded with a judge to keep his adopted daughter.
As David Huxley, a paleontologist searching for an intercostal clavicle in BRINGING UP BABY, he played straight man to Hepburn and a leopard……..
And we remember him as Johnny Case who wanted to retire young and take a HOLIDAY…….
he was George Kerby, the spirit-ed friend in TOPPER……
and editor Walter Burns, giving rapid fire instructions to ex-wife Rosalind Russell’s Hildy Johnson in HIS GIRL FRIDAY.
As Irene Dunne’s soon-to-divorced mate in THE AWFUL TRUTH and her about-to-be wed-again spouse in MY FAVOURITE WIFE…….
as Mr.Lucky, Mr. Blandings, Cole Porter……and an Angel named Dudley and a male war bride…….Poppy Rose and Dr. Noah Praetorious.
For his favourite director Hitchcock, he explored a wine cellar with Ingrid Bergman in NOTORIOUS, caused Joan Fontaine to have SUSPICION, dodged a crop-dusting plane and played hide-and-seek on Mount Rushmore in NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
Audrey Hepburn, in CHARADE, asked him,
“Do you know what’s wrong with you?”.
“No, what?” he responded.
He wouldn’t choose a best performance, but stated that his worst was as Mortimer Brewster in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE.
And there were the parts he didn’t play: Norman Maine in A STAR IS BORN (salary demands were too high); William Holden’s role in THE BRIDGE ON THE KWAI ( he took too long to decide); THE MUSIC MAN ( he told Jack Warner that he wouldn’t even see the movie if Robert Preston didn’t recreate his stage role of Harold Hill ; MY FAIR LADY ( he didn’t think anyone could do better than Rex Harrison.)