Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dabney...What Have You Done Now?!

Man in  Possession (1931) is a fun movie.  The cast is excellent:  Bob, Charlotte Greenwood, Irene Purcell, C. Aubrey Smith, Beryl Mercer, Reginald Owen and Alan Mowbray.  A whole lot of talent and experience on one set.  In the two scenes above, Bob holds his own while having to rely on his facial expression alone.  C. Aubrey and Reggie have fun with being aghast at Bob's goings on.  And in the bottom photo, Beryl and Irene smartly ignore the boys totally. 

A bit of trivia:  C. Aubrey Smith will also play Bob's father in But the Flesh is Weak.  Beryl Mercer appeared in four movies with Bob: Three Live Ghosts, Man in Possession, Lovers Courageous and Night Must Fall.  And Reginald Owen ties Joan Crawford for being in six Bob movies:  Man in Possession, Petticoat Fever, Trouble for Two, Three Loves Has Nancy, Fast and Loose and The Earl of Chicago. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hot Off the Presses

Surprise me ... another Montgomery movie being released on DVD.  It is a 6/2/2015 release, get your order in at now!  A fun movie, indeed.  Great, now how about Letty Lynton next, WB? 

Lost in Bakersfield

What day is this?  Where am I?  What happened to Tuesday?  Have I been spending too much time "out in the midday sun?" 

Sorry ... regular programming will return Thursday.  That is tomorrow, right? 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Henry "Robert" Montgomery, Jr. Day

And what does a 31-year-old Bob Montgomery buy for himself on his birthday....why a miniature airplane, of course?!  Hey, he could have afforded a real one, so give him points for trying not to over do it in the middle of the Depression.  He had it handmade by fellow actor Reginald Denny, who built it according to Bob's specifications ... another area of expertise for our Bob, Hollywood's Renaissance man. 

1935 ... 80 years ago.  But he feels so real to me.  That's one of the great things about movies.  The screen actors live forever, always accessible on our DVDs, on our computers (and yes, a few of us still have them captured on VHS!)  Bob will always be there to be appreciated as an old friend, or discovered anew by future fans.  It is all rather comforting. 

As is the appropriate way of celebrating his birthday, I will be watching a couple of his movies during the day.  I certainly hope that you will be able to, as well.  Have not yet decided which ones.  I find it better to go with the mood I am in at the time.   And whatever mood that is, it will be improved after I have spent time with the man.

So, Happy Birthday, Mr. Montgomery. Thank you, ever so much.

(And to get you in the proper mood for remembering Bob on his day, give "The Optimist" another viewing.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tomorrow is Bob's Birthday

On the theory that it is impossible to see too much Montgomery, I've decided to list some more video clips for your viewing pleasure.  They are all available on YouTube, hopefully there is something that you haven't seen.  Even if you have, they're all enjoyable a second, third time or more.

Robert Montgomery Tribute   Another Bob Montage.  A total delight.

Man's best friend is the apple   A favorite scene.  Includes my vote for best pratfall of 1948.

Bob sings to Joan    Two young performers doing their best. 

Bob and Norma    A montage of Bob and Norma Shearer scenes.  They obviously got along well together. 

Sexy Thing   A montage tribute to classic male leads.  Well done, except Bob is barely in it.  Still, it's a fun to watch.  

Audrey Totter's amazing faces    Audrey reacting to Bob in Lady in the Lake.  Just a great compilation.  Goooo, Audrey!