Grant, Cary: Frequent Directors: Cukor, Hawks, Stevens, Hitchcock, Stanley Donen

Over a career spanning 34 years, 1932-1966, Cary Grant (Hollywood’s greatest star, in my view) had worked with the industry’s best directors.

However, our study (and future book) shows that four filmmakers were of particular significance:

George Cukor: 3 movies

In all three films he co-starred with Katharine Hepburn, Cukor’s most frequent screen actress (12 features).

Sylvia Scarlett (1936)

Holiday (1938); Hepburn got Best Actress Nomination

The Philadelphia Story (1940); Best Picture and Best Actress nominee.


Howard Hawks: 5 movies

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Only Angels Gave Wings (1939)

His Girl Friday (1940)

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Monkey Business (1952), opposite Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe


Leo McCarey: 3 films

The Awful Truth (1937)

Once Upon a Honeymoon

An Affair to Remember 91959), opposite Deborah Kerr


George Stevens: 2 films

Ginga Din (1939)

Penny Serenade (1941)


Alfred Hitchcock: 4 films

Suspicion (1941)

Notorious (1946)

To catch a Thief (1955)

North By Northwest (1959)


Stanley Donen: 4 films

Kiss Them For Me (1957)

Indiscreet (1958)

The Grass is Greener (1961)

Charade (1963)


Other Directors:

Josef von Sternberg, Blonde Venus (1932)

Raoul Walsh, Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Garson Kanin: My Favorite Wife (1940)

Clifford Odets, None But the Lonely Heart (1944); Best Actor nomination

Michael Curtiz, Night and Day (1946)

Blake Edwards: Operation Petticoat (1959)