Tuesday, September 30, 2008

TCM Bob Schedule for October

Twice for Carole Lombard month? Fine by me, it's one of my favorites.

Oct. 22, 8 a.m.
Oct. 27, 10 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
A quarrelsome couple discovers their marriage isn't legal. Cast: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Someone help Mr. Smith and get him a stomach pump.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Photo Friday: Behind Door Number Three

A recent find from The Golden Age of Hollywood Web site:

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I think I'm pretty confident in saying the above is a companion to the below 1932 George Hurrell photo for Letty Lynton based on the suit & tie.

Tale of a Grauman's Chinese Theater Doorman

Attention SciFi junkies. The Day the Earth Stood Still is being reissued on DVD (again). This "special edition" will come out on BluRay and regular DVD on Dec 2., just in time for the holiday season. More from The Digital Bits Web site:

The 2-disc DVD (SRP $19.98) will include the film in its original full frame (1.33:1) aspect ratio, the original audio commentary by Robert Wise and Nicolas Meyer, a new commentary by film & music historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg and Nick Redman, an isolated score track, 8 featurettes (The Making of The Day the Earth Stood Still, Decoding "Klaatu, Barada, Nikto": Science Fiction as Metaphor, A Brief History of Flying Saucers, The Astounding Harry Bates, Edmund North: The Man Who Made the Earth Stand Still, The Mysterious, Melodious Theremin, Race to Oblivion: A Documentary Short Written and Produced by Edmund North and Farewell to the Master: A Reading by Jamieson K. Price of the Original Harry Bates Short Story), video of a live performance of the film's main title music by thereminist Peter Pringle, an Interactive pressbook, the vintage Fox Movietonews from 1951 short film, the film's theatrical trailer, multiple still galleries (for advertising, behind-the-scenes, portraits, production, spaceship construction blueprints) and the film's shooting script. The single-disc Blu-ray edition (SRP $34.99) will include all of the above along with the film in 1080p full frame with DTS-HD audio and 2 exclusive bonus features: the Interactive Thermin: Create Your Own Score option and the Gort Command interactive game.

Sorry, stuffed "collectible" beanbag toys of Gort, Michael Rennie, or Hugh Marlowe not included (darn).

Excellent film, I'm just sick of buying reissues every time they come out. Not only do we get extras, now BluRay is the carrot on the stick. Have you seen how many times they've reissued An Affair to Remember on DVD (BluRay aside, the letterboxed, Cinemascope version is the best BTW)? How about the Hitchcock films? Ok, end rant.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Semiannual Movie Collectibles Show Post

It's Sunday, it's September. That must mean it's time for my semiannual pilgrimage to the local movie collectibles show - always guaranteed to be an adventure!
  • You can still buy things for a whole lot cheaper than on ebay.
  • Porn can still be found intermixed with 1930s MGM star photos.
  • Sorry, I can't beat the hearse in the parking lot with the skull on the grill - my 1932 Cadillac is "in the shop."
  • "Oh, you like old stuff" was heard uttered from one dealer - to me.
  • Bought a 1960 book titled Vanity Fair, A Cavalcade of the 1920s and 1930s for cheaper than a gallon of gas.
  • The air conditioning wasn't working in the hall and the beer and bowling smell remained (does bowling have a smell?).
  • Picked up a few more pieces to grace future Photo Friday posts: Joseph Cotten, Ray Milland, guys with the first name of Robert.

Coming Soon to What's My Line

Hot tip from the comments portion of the blog: Robert Montgomery should be showing up on What's My Line on GSN in October sometime:

Episode #345, first aired: January 13, 1957

Game 1: Muriel Fleit, Mary Barber & Myrtle Berne (as Mystery Guests and the panel is blindfolded) - "Secretaries to Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf & Dorothy Kilgallen)" (salaried; they won $50)

Game 2: Robin Roberts - "President of Frozen Shrimp Company" (he is the President of the Gold King Frozen Shrimp Co; he is also the pitcher of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team; from Philadelphia, PA; he won $50)

Game 3: Robert Montgomery (as Mystery Guest) Bennett Cerf guessed his identity at $25

If you're really good at figuring out the current episode playing vs. the order 345 is in, you can figure out the air date on GSN. I'm not that talented...

A kind thank you to the tipster!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Letty Lynton Now on YouTube

Watch to your heart's content! Below is just part one of 10.

h/t: Legendary Joan Crawford Web site

Friday, September 19, 2008

Photo Friday: RQL Radio

Props to funny radio people, one of which is a new favorite: Robert Q. Lewis. Before his television shows, radio shows, game shows, and movie appearances (shew), Robert Q. was a disc jockey. My favorite tidbit: he played David Rose's song The Stripper (you'd know if if you heard it) for 45 minutes nonstop on his music show. Want to request a song on the show? Not that day - you got The Stripper instead.

A larger, crazier Bob

This late thought just in: Now I know why this stunt resonates with me. A local morning radio show did the same with Roxanne (and Johnny Cash, but I enjoyed that) - over and over and over....

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Veteran Star Started New Life at 50

It's January 1955 and what's Robert Montgomery doing? Producing his television show Robert Montgomery Presents on NBC, working on The Desperate Hours, and advising President Eisenhower on his various television and radio appearances. Busy guy.

This New York Journal-American article by James L. Kilgallen talks about Bob's various roles of the time and offers a number of interesting tidbits of information. For instance, how many actors do you know who had an office in the White House? (and Reagan doesn't count)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Need a Copy of the Earl?

Just a FYI, Free Movies on DVD recently added The Earl of Chicago (1940) to its catalog.

Also, this gives me an excuse to post a photo:

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Grand Hotel Premiere

And yes, this includes a Bob sighting:

My question: Where is that guest register today?

h/t: Alternative Film Blog

Monday, September 08, 2008

Thank You, Anita

You'll be missed.

It's amazing all of the blog posts I've been reading over the weekend about her. Anita Page was really never forgotten.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Photo Friday: Young at MGM

I realized I've been neglecting Mr. Young lately, so today's Photo Friday theme is a promotional card printed by MGM.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Seventh Veil - Radio Style

I haven't posted a radio show in a while, so there's no better time than the present.

Today's show comes from Lux Radio Theater, December 13, 1948 - the presentation of The Seventh Veil starring Ingrid Bergman and Robert Montgomery. The show appears to be the same story released as a feature film in 1945 starring James Mason and Ann Todd. I haven't seen the film, so I'm unable to provide any comparisons of the two. However if you have, please let us know what you think.

One hour - 13.5 MB MP3

Since I don't care for witting story summaries, I'll just pull it from the radio show itself: the story of a musician and the man who loves and dominates her. Now get listening!