January 18 was the day of Archibald Leach's birth, in 1904, in Bristol, England. Leach, a one-time stilt walker and vaudevillian, would become world famous in the 1930s under a different name... Cary Grant.
Grant originally came to the United States as part of a stage troupe and stayed when everyone else went home. After spending almost a decade in vaudeville and on stage, he went to Hollywood and his new bosses at Paramount pictures renamed him Cary Grant (the initials, C.G., were already popular with moviegoers--Clark Gable and Gary Cooper were two of the biggest movie stars in the world).
Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall star in the Lubitsch classic Trouble in Paradise. In the early 1930s, Miriam Hopkins was dashing between starring roles on Broadway and chasing her own rising star in Hollywood films. Then along came Bette Davis; her meteoric rise to fame nearly obliterated Miriam Hopkins' presence on the screen.
Fortunately, there are a few gems that were filmed just prior to Bette becoming the queen of Hollywood that showcase Miriam Hopkins at her best. She had swell comic timing, and a beautiful face made for closeups.