the odious robert osborne on TMC said grant later wrote that while filming this he was on LSD part of the time... - slangist
Do you consider Robert Osborne "odious" for mentioning this, or do you have other reasons for disparaging this rather personable and interesting film historian and TCM host?
The fact is that Cary Grant did use LSD. It was part of the psychotherapy he had undergone, which Grant says brought him mental and emotional peace. LSD was considered a therapeutic tool in the 1950s, and it was not made illegal in all American states until the 1960s, when its recreational properties began to dwarf its psychiatric use. Other prominent users of LSD around this time include Henry Luce, founder of Time Inc., and his wife Claire Booth Luce, both of whom thought it was terrific--but that it should not be allowed for use by the riff-raff.
LSD has an even darker history to it: It was one of many drugs tested from the late-1940s on in the MK-ULTRA Program, which was a sweeping psychological warfare program run by the Central Intelligence Agency and the US military. LSD was thought to be a possible mind-control agent--and speaking of agents, CIA agents who took LSD were called "enlightened operatives"--and one of the CIA staffers who thought that LSD was "dynamite" was Richard Helms, who later became the Director of Central Intelligence from 1967 to 1973. However, LSD was simply too powerful, too hard to channel, and was eventually abandoned--but by then it had escaped into popular culture. But keep in mind that this was several years after Cary Grant used it.
Two published sources for this information include John Mark's The Search for "the Manchurian Candidate"
and Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain's Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion
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