I vaguely remember in the back of my mind the series of Diet Coke commercials with dead movie stars in them. Cary Grant is the only star I really remember. John Wayne may have been another, although I can't picture John Wayne drinking anything with the word "diet" in it.
First off, 3D is ok. My only experience with modern 3D technology was via a demo at a Sony outlet store. After noting how dumb it was - nothing looked 3D - the clerk kindly asked if the glasses were "on." Slight oversight.
Anyhow, back to the topic. What are your thoughts on dead movie stars being generated in a new movie?
I'm torn. Part of me thinks it would be pretty slick, but then they'd give Robert Montgomery blonde hair. In general, it's the novelty that appeals to me.
On the flip side, many stars were pretty adamant about what types of movies they wanted to appear in (or not). C'mon, can't you picture middle-aged Orson Welles "inserted" into a National Lampoon college humor movie?
Thanks to Reynolds for sharing that Night Must Fall is coming out on DVD via the Warner Archive. Better yet, it has been remastered, so let's hope for the best! I'm willing to bet the DVD will also include the trailer.
If you're looking for a little something for yourself, buy this off of ebay. I've bought photos from this seller and he's top notch. The beauty of these photos are the way they're processed: thicker paper with a a beautiful sheen (read the description, it's better than I could write).
Robert Montgomery, popular Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, with his wife on their arrival in New york for a short vacation. Mr. Montgomery last appeared in "Shipmates." which incidental was his first starring vehicle. On his return to the coast, he will be starred in "A Man in Possession."
Being Halloween, I thought it would be perfect to bring up Bob's first "starring" role in Three Ghosts. I'd love to tell you more, but it is the only Bob movie I have never seen - it's lost. For a quick plot overview, I'll run you over to IMDB. In the meantime, there is the 1936 version with Richard Arlen and Beryl Mercer, who was also in the 1929 version. Wonder if that's on DVD...
When I was in high school, I recorded old movies onto VHS like there was no tomorrow. Back then, AMC was AMC (you know what I mean) and TNT showed old movies in prime time (gasp). Ahh yes, I remember setting up the timer on the VHS player, adding five minutes at the beginning and an hour at the end, just so I wouldn't cut off the precious conclusion.
I just realized that I recorded ton of movies that are rarely played on TV now.
And I threw them all out.
I'm not quite sure I remember why I did that. Introduction of DVD? Broken player? Clunky & hard to store? That stupid tracking knob that would (or would not) remove the snow from the screen? Probably all of the above.
How about you? Did you keep your VHS tapes?
Update: As I think more about this topic, I have keep all of my laser discs and know exactly where they are! There's a handful that haven't been released on DVD yet!
I've seen the debate online a few times regarding which film Bob felt was his best or favorite. Well, in this Jan 7, 1955 New York Journal article, he names a few. Mr. Montgomery also notes his thoughts on best actor and actress.
See if you can spot the fact typo in this article. Clue: a Helen Hayes movie.
Thanks to Tracy for digging this up (a while ago, but not forgotten).
Not too long ago I was flipping around XM Radio stations in my car and popped on XM Radio Classics. An episode of Suspense was ending and Bob's voice seemingly came out of nowhere as he added the show's end narration. Odd how you "tune" into things like that.
Related, I was driving home from work today and flipped to the Radio Classics channel on XM. I caught the tail end of a discussion of Ray Milland starring in a version of Strangers on a Train. From what I've dug up so far, it's dated 51-12-03 from the Lux Radio Theater. If you have a copy on MP3 and would like to share, please drop me a note! If I can get a copy, I'll post it on the blog as well for everyone.
MEETING THE PUBLIC...Because they are public figures and their private lives are only a small part of their existence, screen actors must always be prepared to Meet the Public, whether in the matter of giving autographs, making appearances or answering letters from their fans.
Here is a re-enactment of a rush for autographs from a star with Robert Young as the star. This is a scene for "Honolulu" with Young playing a star but such a manhandling of stars is not unusual, although not a regular thing. Both Joan Crawford and Rosemary Lane were jabbed close to their eyes by pencils in such a rush. Clark Gable once had fans start to top over a taxi-cab in which he was riding in New York and he was forced to hop out and sign autographs before be was allowed any peace. Robert Taylor couldn't get off a boat in Honolulu because of crowds and had to sail back home to escape a mob of fans.
Lily Pons, of grand opera fame, seems to have gone "up in the air" over move folk during her current Los Angeles visit. Here she is, seeing the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, assisted by those two good-looking young stars, Robert Montgomery and Ramon Novarro, whose guests she was at lunch.
Lily Pons, star of the Metropolitan opera, visits the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio on her visit to Hollywood and is greeted by Robert Montgomery, whose next picture is “Pig Boats.” Joan Crawford, who just returned from a trip to Europe, and Ramon Novarro, whose shaved head is part of his make-up for his role in “Son Daughter.”
Thanks to Debbie & Laura for letting me know about these . . . excerpts from a 1991 interview with Elizabeth. Looks like they're from the Criterion Collection Laser Disc issue of Here Comes Mr. Jordan.
Some lesser shown titles this month, which is a nice change of pace. If you can only watch one, make it Mr. X...it's the action/mystery you wish Bob made more of.
As always, check your local listings for exact times.
June 9 9 AM, Our Blushing Brides (1930) Three roommates try to land rich husbands. Cast: Joan Crawford, Anita Page, Robert Montgomery. Dir: Harry Beaumont.
6 PM, June Bride (1948) Two bickering reporters turn a small-town wedding into a battleground. Cast: Bette Davis, Robert Montgomery, Fay Bainter. Dir: Bretaigne Windust.
June 12 6 AM, Mystery Of Mr. X, The (1934) A sophisticated jewel thief tries to prove himself innocent of a string of cop murders. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Elizabeth Allan, Lewis Stone. Dir: Edgar Selwyn.
June 27 6 AM, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) A quarrelsome couple discovers their marriage isn't legal. Cast: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond.
June 29 7 AM, Forsaking All Others (1934) A woman pursues the wrong man for almost twenty years. Cast: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II.
I was flipping around the channels last night and ran into TCM HD for the first time. Although it sounds like the bulk of the movies, if not all, are upconverted to HD, the picture certainly is sharper. If you are an AT&T Uverse customer, be sure to check it out (added to the lineup May 10).
I've seen a handful of true HD classic films, all wide-screen Jimmy Stewart, on HDNet Movies. It'll be interesting to see how this progresses.
If you do any searching, so far the only way I've been able to locate the stills is by searching for "cin." A handful of photos are tagged to their appropriate movie, such as Flight Command and Johnny Eager.
The May issue of AD includes Leading Ladies at Home, or as they describe it: "Beauty, talent and a sense of style—AD celebrates 10 silver screen legends memorably captured in the privacy of home." On quick glance, the online slideshow accompanying the article includes Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, and more. A separate article on Ronald Reagan is also included.
I'm just wondering if this a modification of they're yearly Hollywood at Home issue or if that was in the April issue.
Debbie posted a comment about books and I thought I'd share - see if we can stir up some discussion:
I'm reading my way through bio's on stars that either worked with RM or were friends, since RM died before he could do his autobiography. Anyone have any good suggestions? The book on Elizabeth Mongomery had some great info. So did James Cagney's. (I've read two on him since he and Bob were close buddies).
What would you recommend? I have some thoughts I'll add later.
Update: Here's some recommended reading. I can't think of any other stars' books talking about Bob, so here's some stuff in general.
Architectural Digest, April 1992 Hollywood at Home issue - Bob's Beverly Hills home is featured w/vintage pics. You can find back issues for sale online. Dangerous Men Mick LaSalle A little bit of everything on everyone. The Debonairs James Parish & Don Stanke Not quite sure everything is accurate, but there's a fat chapter on Bob (and other favs).