Cary Grant’s $8K Monkey Business Sportcoat


This morning we were alerted to a sportcoat made for Cary Grant in “Monkey Business” for the scene in which a youth serum gives the 48-year-old Grant the tastes and behavior of a college student. The jacket, currently for sale from a movie memorabilia company, did not make it into the film. It was made by Carroll & Co. of Beverly Hills, LA’s longstanding outpost of traditional clothing.

The jacket is a kind of hybrid jacket combining Ivy elements with characteristics of jackets Grant wore at the time. It has soft shoulder lines, three-button stance and a hook vent, combined with darts and a ticket pocket.

It’s similar to a jacket Grant wears in “People Will Talk,” subject of one of Ivy Style’s earliest posts, and in “Monkey Business” Grant also wears the three-button jacket with the bottom two buttons fastened.

The sportcoat will set you back $8,000, but the spring it will put in your step will be priceless. “Everyone wants to be Cary Grant,” Grant once famously said. “Even I want to be Cary Grant.” — CC

3 Comments on "Cary Grant’s $8K Monkey Business Sportcoat"

  1. Richard Meyer | August 23, 2013 at 6:06 am | Reply

    It actually doesn’t strike me as the kind of jacket Grant would normally wear, rather than a college student of more dubious taste; I think that was the point of this jacket.

  2. Exactly.

    Grant preferred solids. Back in the day, unless an actor was cast to play a military role or the movie was a historical drama, actors wore their own clothes when filming. As Christian recounted in the previous post, Cary Grant’s character underwent a transformation; hence the jacket. As you observe, the point was to make him look college age-ish.

    The dubious taste? Well, yeah, that is kind of loud, isn’t it?

  3. True, all one needs to do is catch “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer”. Grant’s clothing was meant to be extreme when he pretended to be interested in Shirley Temple’s character. the film actually won an Oscar for best original screenplay in 1948.

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