Star vehicles provide a concrete way of exploring how creative and commercial factors affected the development of screen characters in classical Hollywood cinema. The chapter explores how casting, screenwriting and performance shaped the adaptation of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) to suit the particular star talents of Cary Grant. The three-pronged approach discusses different stages of the production process, combining archival research with close textual analysis of Grant’s performance.
Glitre, K. (2019). Character and the star vehicle: The impact of casting Cary Grant. In J. Riis, & A. Taylor (Eds.), Screening Characters: Theories of Character in Film, Television, and Interactive Media (37-54). New York: Taylor & Francis (Routledge). https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429422508