Howard Hawks… George Stevens… George Cukor… and, of course, Alfred Hitchcock… Each of those directors permitted me the release of improvisation during the rehearsing of each scene - rather in the manner that Dave Brubeck’s musical group improvises on the central theme, never losing sight of the original mood, key or rhythm, no matter how far out they go. The above directors permitted me to discover how far out I could go with confidence, while guided by their quite, sensitive directorial approval.

Cary Grant

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Cary Grant slices his birthday cake with Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell and Howard Hawks on the set of Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Howard Hawks on the set of His Girl Friday (1940)