Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bob for FREE?! Where's the Line?

A 9x11 double weight photo of Bob for FREE ... Now that's a great promo. 

Bob picks up a few extra dollars in England.  He was rather popular there, spending so much of his time there during the 1930s and at the beginning of WWII.  He was definitely an anglophile (nifty word). 

It's the 1950s, Bob and Desi Arnaz are receiving perhaps the ugliest awards I have seen.  If he had his Emmy shoved into a storage closet in his office, one can only imagine what happened to this one!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bob Plays an Interesting Round of Golf

What are all those people watching?

Oh, why it's Bob and Dorothy Jordan.  Yeah, I'd stop and watch them too. 

Aren't they the cutest couple.  Isn't she just so petite.  And young Bob, of the beautiful head of hair.  I was never that petite.  Nor did I have such a thick shock of wavy hair.  One of the many reasons why I would much rather look at movie photos than my mirror ...

           Bob and Dorothy Jordan in Love in the Rough (1930)                      

Saturday, September 15, 2018

He Was, Simply Put, A Very Funny Man

Robert Benchley was an actor, author, playwright, drama critic and master humorist, who blessed two of Bob Montgomery's movies, Piccadilly Jim (1936) and Live, Love and Learn (1937).  
      Robert Benchley, b. Sept. 15, 1889 and d. Nov. 21, 1945, age 56

Happy Birthday, Mr. Benchley (and my brother, as well)!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bob, Joan, Franchot, George & Adrian

September is a big month for Bob movies on TCM, five movies in total.  That's a lot these days.  Two of his movies with Joan Crawford will be shown in the wee early hours of Friday, Our Blushing Brides (1930) and No More Ladies (1935).  Ladies produced some great publicity stills, with the always wonderful photography of George Hurrell, and aided by Ms. Crawford's gown by Adrian.

            Bob, Joan and Franchot Tone in No More Ladies (1935)

The photo below was not taken by Hurrell ... but, it is, well, interesting.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Robert Benchley Plays a Drunk - I bet he had to do extensive research for the role!

Live, Love and Learn (1937) will be shown on TCM tomorrow (the 12th) at 7:45 a.m. EST/4:45 PST.  If you haven't seen it, recording it for viewing at a more sensible time would be a worthwhile effort.  After all it has Bob (the struggling artist), Rosalind Russell (the rich society girl), Robert Benchley (Bob's drunken buddy), Helen Vinson (the other woman) and Monty Woolley (rich guy into horses).  If only the script was as good as the actors!

The March 26, 1938, issue of the British magazine "Picture Show", features the movie. 

I like their one-page photo and story re-caps.  That's a lot of info on one page!

An enlargement of the best photo:  Bob and Bob (Benchley) have carried in one very large painting of a horse, to be admired by Woolley (in a gown of some sort with matching furry slippers) while Roz simply stands modeling her mink coat (while wondering if she'll ever get a decent role).