Friday, July 29, 2016

A Classy Gent at Any Age!

And an almost late Happy Birthday to William Powell!  Born July 29th, 1892 in Pittsburgh, PA.  (Thanks to Debbie for the nudge ...)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bob Has a Bad Day in Hell (Below)

               Bob as Lt. Tommy Knowlton in Hell Below (1933)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bob and 18 Beautiful Ladies

A lot of nifty Bob photos ... I'm partial to the Three Live Ghosts (1929) photo with Joan Bennett.  I find it rather remarkable the number of stills that have survived from this independently produced movie, yet the movie itself no longer exists.  Wouldn't it be great to be able to see Bob's first screen appearance.  (Yes, I know he is in The Single Standard (1929) as an uncredited "Party Boy."  But dancing in the background is not exactly acting, although it's fun to watch him if only for 30 seconds or so!) 

In the photo above with Joan Crawford (No More Ladies), I'm guessing Bob's standing in a hole.  In the photo below with Rosalind Russell (Trouble for Two) it's probably vice versa ...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Happy July 22nd! (As in, Why Not?!)

I lucked upon this photo a while back, my scan does not do it justice. (Love double-weight photos!) Initially I thought I would use it for Walter's birthday.  But, hey, that isn't until September, so I decided to look for some other tie in for using the photo now.  Checked Greer's birthday, but it's not until September as well.  Thankfully, I ran across this exciting fact not long into my search:  Mrs. Miniver was released in Los Angeles on July 22nd, 1942! 

                            Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Great movie ... as many times as I have seen it, I can't help but get teary-eyed at least once.  The picture and Greer got best Oscars, Walter lost out to James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy.  Wow, Mrs. Miniver and Yankee Doodle Dandy in the same year ... tough choices for sure. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2 Very Young Bobs and 1 Very Handsome Bob

TCM is showing three of Bob's movies this weekend:  

     Untamed (1929) on Friday, 22nd at 9:00 a.m. EST/6:00 a.m. PST
     Hell Below (1933) also on Friday at 2:45 p.m. EST/11:45 a.m. PST
     Love in the Rough (1930) on Sunday, 25th at 5:00 p.m. EST/                       2:00 p.m. PST. 

Untamed and Love in the Rough are hardly great movies, but both have some fun moments.  Bob's amorous duet with Joan Crawford in Untamed is a hoot, and his fight scene at the party is great fun ... a rare shirtless Bob!  In Love in the Rough you get to see him pantless (egads!) in an early musical number. 

By 1933, we've gotten away from the "all singing, all dancing" approach to movies.  However, Hell Below gets bogged down with gratuitous "humor" scenes.  If you can survive the Jimmy Durante bits, Hell is a decent enough action movie for the time. 

                                 Bob and Madge in Hell Below

                                   ... and a tad closer up.

Bob gives a good, totally serious performance in Hell.  It really is a shame he was given only a few dramatic roles.  

Hey, this gives me the excuse to revisit one of my favorite Bob photos!  29 and ever so handsome ...

                  Bob and Walter Huston on the set of Hell Below