Thursday, August 17, 2017

Garbo, Buster and a Three Decker

I just love the fan magazines of the early 1930s.  Photoplay Magazine was one, if not the best of its kind in the 1930s.  Richly done, great photos of the stars and, appropriately, on the expensive side for collectors.  In Britain, there were two highly successful magazines which covered U.S. movies, as well as their own.  I'm guessing Picturergoer was No. 1, with Picture Show not far behind.  Bob made the cover of both several times, and I snarf them up whenever they show up for sale. 

And, whereas I may purchase a magazine for its cover or a lead story, it is always fun to run across any small surprises inside.  Below is a photo of the young Mr. Montgomery --- note the full head of wavy hair! --- and a dog named Buster, perhaps MGM's answer to Rin Tin Tin.  Bob appears to be finding Buster a more enjoyable co-worker than Garbo...

And found in an article on the favorite sandwiches of the stars:

I wish they had provided the kind of bread he liked, which dressing he used.  I mean, there are so many unknown things about Bob we will never know, and now there are even more.  Sigh. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy Birthday, Killer!

Ann Blyth was born August 16, 1928, making her 89 as of tomorrow.  The last of Bob's ladies, I'm sure we all extend our heartfelt appreciation for her delightful performance as "Killer" in Once More, My Darling (1949).  Once Killer set her sights on Collie (Bob), he didn't stand a chance.

               Bob and Ann Blyth in Once More, My Darling (1949)

You should check out this interview of Ann made in 2013.  Wow, should I look so good at 85 (as if I looked that good now...)!  TCM Classic Film Festival: Ann Blyth

Friday, August 11, 2017

Six Bob Movies for August ... More, More, More!

There are six Bob movies being shown this month on TCM!  Great.  It's TCM's Summer Under the Stars month and five of Bob's co-stars are featured.  The first movie is They Were Expendable (1945), being shown on John Wayne's day this Saturday.  The other five are not shown nearly as often, so here is your chance to see/record a few of his other movies.

    Rosalind Russell Day, August 17th:  Trouble for Two (1936)

    Ann Harding Day, August 21st:  When Ladies Meet (1933) and
           Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935) 

    James Cagney Day, August 26th:  The Gallant Hours (1960)
          (Okay, not exactly a co-star, but it's a Bob movie!)

    Marion Davies Day, August 29th:  Blondie of the Follies (1932) 

I just checked the IMDB ratings.  Kinda interesting.

           7.9 - Blondie of the Follies
           7.3 - They Were Expendable
           7.2 - The Gallant Hours
           6.9 - When Ladies Meet
           6.6 - Trouble for Two
           6.1 - Biography of a Bachelor Girl 

I have always had a difficult time objectively rating Mr. Montgomery's movies, but these ratings seem "close" to my viewpoint.  They Were Expendable is simply a great picture, I'd have it at the top of the list, knocking Blondie down to 3rd place.  I can see The Gallant Hours not being for everyone, but still, a good movie.  Trouble for Two should have a slightly higher rating, maybe kick it up to 6.9.  Bob and Roz are just so good together.  Biography... alas, is rated about right.  Between the heavy-handed censoring and Bob being miscast ...  I'm not sure I have even watched it all the way through.

Anyway, you do have the opportunity to see Bob with curly locks and a mustache!  Even Roz thinks it's funny ...

               Bob and Rosalind Russell in Trouble for Two (1936)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Whoa ... One Too Many!!

It has been a while since I had some celebratory champagne.  It may be a while before I have some more.  Best write up my post tomorrow.  Yeah, an excellent idea.  Sharing a sauna with Mr. Montgomery, even better! 

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

And What Do Ann, Irene, Dorothy and Norma All Have in Common, Besides Bob?

Okay ... four of Bob's ladies have birthdays this week.  Ann Harding and Irene Purcell share the 7th.  Dorothy Jordan's is the 9th and Norma Shearer's day is the 10th.  Well, one big Happy Birthday wish goes out to all four of you delightful ladies.  Just noticed Bob starred with Dorothy, Irene and Norma in 1931.  Wonder whose birthday invitation Bob would have accepted if he could attend only one party.  Ha.  Like he could have said no to a summons by Ms. Shearer.  Then too, in 1931 he would have found a way to attend all three parties!! 

                   Bob and Dorothy Jordan in Shipmates (1931)

I hate to pass up on a chance to use one of my Bob/Dorothy photos, there are so many great ones.  Such a good-looking couple.  The word beautiful does not come to mind first when I think of Ms. Jordan.  Cute does, she was so amazingly cute.  Beautiful comes to mind more often when I think of young Mr. Montgomery.  So, who do you think had more natural curls?