Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lights, Camera, Action!!!

Recently purchased a copy of the October 30, 1954 TV Guide which includes the article, "The Producer and the President," about Bob and his role as media advisor to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The article includes seven rather small photos of Bob and a larger photo to begin the article.  The small ones are blurry, no matter what size they are displayed, but still quite enjoyable.  You can take the boy out of the country, but not the ham out of an actor (or something like that!) 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Everyone Wants ... One More Bob Movie!!

In case you haven't had your fill of Bob movies, Haunted Honeymoon (1940) will be shown tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. EDT/4:30 PDT on TCM. 

The original title of the film is Busman's Honeymoon, based on a novel by English crime writer Dorothy L. Sayers.  It is one of a series of novels featuring bon vivant sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, a writer of crime novels.  Being very popular in England, it was not looked on kindly that MGM cast two Americans as the iconic English sleuths. 

It took several years to make the movie ... WWII got in the way.  Originally Maureen O'Sullivan was cast as Harriet Vane and Robert Donat as Lord Peter.  Gee, an almost reunion of Maureen and Bob.  (Lucky and Pauline move to England after Lucky gets out of prison, marry and become amateur sleuths.  Hey, that's one possible sequel to Hide-Out!)

        Bob and Constance Cummings in Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

It's the Last Day Before Bob's Day on TCM!!

Are we ready??  Programming begins at 6:00 a.m. EDT/3:00 a.m. PDT with a showing of The Divorcee and wraps up with Night Must Fall at 3:45 a.m. EDT/12:45 a.m. PDT on Tuesday.  Enjoy!!

                   Norma Shearer and Bob in The Divorcee (1930)


Friday, August 19, 2016

Three Days To Go Until Bob's Day on TMC

Once again:  Bob's Day on TMC is this Monday, August 22nd.  They will be showing 14 of Bob's movies, all worth a watch.  Yesterday's post covered the first seven movies being shown, the remaining seven are covered here. 

Marion Davies is Bob's co-star in Ever Since Eve (1937).  This is a movie I need to watch again.  The film's rating on IMDB is an amazing 8.0.  I have always viewed it as one of Bob's weaker vehicles.  Maybe it's the shock of seeing how much the two have aged in the mere five years since co-starring in Blondie of the Follies

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) is the only movie fellow MGM stars William Powell and Bob made together, so it is definitely worth watching.  It is not one of Bob's better movies, but the cast does what they can with a weak script.  This is the sixth and last movie co-starring Bob and Joan Crawford --- doubt either was too upset by that! 

    Bob and Frank Morgan playing backgammon on the set of Cheyney.

Lady in the Lake (1947) is a must have in any collection of Bob's movies.  After all, he is the star, director and able cinematographer's assistant.  And it's the great assortment of looks Audrey Totter gives the camera, or should I say Bob.  

They Were Expendable (1945) is simply an excellent movie.  It is shown quite often on TMC, understandably so.  John Ford, John Wayne, WWII and Bob in perhaps his best performance ... Bob given the chance at a dramatic role in an A movie with an A director, how wonderful.  To think what kind of career he could have had if provided the same opportunities throughout his career ...

Another Bob classic is Private Lives (1931).  Great script and story line and excellent performances by all, including Norma Shearer, Reginald Denny and Una Merkel.  Poor Una, losing Bob on the first day of their honeymoon.  Now, that is bad luck.

You watch Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) to see two of the best comedic actors to grace the screen.  Carole Lombard and Bob obviously enjoyed making the movie together, it shows through in their performances.  And, yes, that was one handsome nose!

You might say they saved the best for last, or perhaps it is just fitting that they show Night Must Fall (1937) late at night.  Bob's performance is truly impressive.  The scenes at the end of the movie, just pure perfection.  Ah, Danny boy, you were just so, so good (when given the chance). 

                             And just what is in that hatbox!  

Now, if I could just stay up for 24 hours straight!!