Kev1962 saidWow! I'd never seen many of those photographs of them together before.
As we say nowadays about gays, they make a nice couple. One couldn't imagine Cary Grant having anything less than a Randolph Scott, and vice versa.
Some of those photographs, which have been circulating for many years, show a spark in the eyes that I think goes beyond mere publicity posing. In fact, I wonder if they go TOO far, even for that time period, when male bonding was in many ways less inhibited and guilt-ridden than it is today.
Many of those pics, including the residential interiors, the pool shots and the ones on the beach, where taken at their joint Malibu house. All part of a studio-prompted Hollywood magazine piece on them called "Batching It".
It implied this was their bachelor pad, where women entered by a revolving door. And indeed, the studio made sure lots of women went there, to be seen coming & going by fan magazine photographers, the 1930s version of the Hollywood paparazzi.
A bit of preemptive damage control, for valuable studio properties. The tragic fall of William (Billy) Haines, a major silent and early talkies star, to the scandal of him being gay, was still fresh in everyone's minds. I recommend a bio of him, "Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star" by William J. Mann. There are also some references to Grant & Scott in it, too, and about much of the underground Hollywood gay scene of that era.