Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"...More Stars than the Heavens!"

MGM was the biggest studio in the 1930s, and they did not let you forget that.  And a lot of the big stars of the time did actually work for the studio.  Below is a promotional ad for the upcoming 1936 season.  Note our Bob is still in the top tier, if the last one!  Hey, the pecking order was a big thing for the stars, as it is in most situations.  You know Crawford was upset Norma was in the prime spot rather than her. 

In the ever-changing world of the movie business, which project below was changed the most? 

Yes, Bob and Myrna being replaced by Joan and Clark in Love on the Run was a fortuitous change in casting for everyone involved.  Joan and Clark got to work together in another movie, and Bob and Myrna made Petticoat Fever instead.  Petticoat was by far the better movie and our duo was perfect for the roles. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bob Swallows a Flock of Canaries...

It's October 18, 1940, and Bob has just given an oration at a Willkie for President function.  He looks like he felt he did a good job.  The lady behind him doesn't seem quite as impressed.  I think she is just more interested in Bob himself. 

Poor Bob ... He spent a lot of time and effort working in presidential campaigns.  He worked for Willkie in 1940 and lost.  He campaigned for and with his good friend Thomas E. Dewey in 1948 (Lt. Commander Bob was otherwise busy in 1944), and lost again.  His third time was a charm, working for Eisenhower's election in 1952. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Montgomery Makes a Big Splash in Hollywood

                                                c. 1938

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Bob Had His Own Special "Zinc", For Sure!

This photo appeared in a French magazine in 1935.  It's a 1929 Bob, back when he was into wearing all white during his leisure activities. 

A translation of the photo caption:  "A fervent sportsman, Robert Montgomery has his own special "zinc".   Does anyone out there know what "zinc" meant in 1935 French slang? 

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

A Handsome Lad, If a Bit Crazy, Was He

                                             Danny, d. 1937