Saturday, September 19, 2009

Never Seen Together, Ever

This evening we watched a film with direct relevance to our recent lives - - Roman Holiday .
Audrey Hepburn plays a princess from an unnamed country who goes AWOL in Rome and meets Gregory Peck.

I enjoyed it tremendously. It's quite a long film, but I was never bored - though sometimes amazed at the slowness of it compared with today's films and especially lightning-paced television - "Are we going to watch him walk right across there - - yes we are!"

Audrey and Gregory visit lots of famous places in Rome, many of which have been visited far more recently by Silverback, Stephen and me, and they look much the same in the film as they do now (though I expect they've put blue plaques up since we three visited).

So I felt that an important part of my job this evening was to shout "Ooh, ooh, we've BEEN there! We've BEEN there!" and similar cries, and I think I fulfilled this role well.

Aud and Greg visit lots of places that we visited including, for no particular reason except it looks pretty damned impressive, the Colosseum (which may also be written Coliseum, a fact which has been confusing me for some weeks now). It looks much the same in the film as it did when I took this photo - - perhaps because, in the greater scheme of things, from 1953 to 2009 is not very long in the Colosseum's life.

Though, I have to say, it's a very long time in my life, since I wasn't even born in 1953.

During the film I had a moment of revelation and I'm going to confess this to you now and I don't care if you laugh. Well, okay, I care a bit, so don't do it too loudly or I'll cry.

A few weeks ago we watched Hitchcock's North by Northwest and that starred Gregory Peck too. Although - - - thinking about it - - - it didn't. It starred Cary Grant.

And it occurred to me that I don't know which is which. Having looked at their photos on Wikipedia, and having seen two films each starring one of them, I still don't know.

In fact, it's entirely possible that my whole life I've thought they were the same person. They look rather similar and are both tallish and slimmish and suavish and dark-haired. They both have names that nobody else would have. Gregory Peck. Cary Grant. Gregory Grant. Cary Peck. Interchangeable.

So - tell me this and tell me n' more, as Jim McDonald used to say on Coronation Street. Gregory Peck and Cary Grant. Have you ever seen them both together in the same room?


Blogger Debby said...

No, but in their hay day, they'd have both been welcome in my room! Ba da bing!

2:26 am  
Blogger Dumdad said...

Gregory Peck and Cary Grant: you're right, I think I mix them up too. Perhaps they were twins but were separated at birth!

10:43 am  
Anonymous ruth said...

I always think of Gregory Peck as being in darker more serious films than the dashing, comedic Cary Grant.

Of course Archibald Leach (Cary Grant) was born in Bristol, England about seven months after Gregory, but he died many years before Mr Peck. I couldn't see Cary Grant carrying off the weighty roles Gregory Peck had in To Kill A Mocking Bird, Cape Fear or The Omen. But then could Gregory Peck have been source material for Tony Curtis's parody in Some Like It Hot?

Have you seen any of these films, Daphne?

It's not a great photo but here is one of them both in the same pic:

11:34 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

True - There isn't a statue of Gregory Peck in Bristol, just one of Cary Grant.

11:45 am  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

ruth stole my thunder. Eldred Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya), near San Diego, California. Archibald Alexander Leach, a.k.a. Cary Grant, was born in Bristol, England.

Other than that, they're practically identical. ;)

4:23 pm  
Blogger Daphne said...

Debby - - brilliant!
Dumdad - - I think your theory is entirely plausible and I'm glad you mix them up too.
Ruth - - er, no, I haven't seen most of them, except To Kill a Mockingbird. Olli chose his middle name after Atticus Finch.
Dfco and Bob - is it possible that their mother flew the Atlantic mid-labour and had one twin in Bristol and the other in America?
Seriously, I can now see that Cary Grant is better at comedy and I could see him playing the role in Roman Holiday. But in a week's time I know I won't have a clue which is which.

4:31 pm  

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