Tuesday, March 04, 2014

If Those Walls Could Only Talk

Spencer Tracy welcomes Bob back from the war and points out Bob's old dressing room awaits him.  I'm sure there was quite the pecking order among the stars, including the women, as to the dressing rooms they were assigned.  Besides, of course, Marion Davies for whom Daddy built her own building on the lot.
 
                                   MENS APTS.  Dec, 1944              
                       First Floor                       Second Floor
                A   Clark Gable                E  Robert Montgomery
                B   Spencer Tracy            F  Walter Huston
                C   William Powell          G  Fred Astaire
                D   Lionel Barrymore       H  Edward G. Robinson

                                      MENS  APTS. 1937
Bob comes back to a floor of new neighbors.  Robert Taylor is still in the service, replaced temporarily by Walter Huston.  Tracy has moved to the first floor to take over Nelson Eddy's vacated apartment - his contract was not renewed in 1942.  Fred Astaire is on the lot while making The Ziegfeld Follies and Yolanda and the Thief.  Lionel Barrymore has relocated to the first floor because of his severe arthritis, making room for Edward G. Robinson who filmed Our Vines Have Tender Grapes at MGM.

And Donald Loomis ... as in, who the heck was he that he had an apartment among the top men stars at MGM in 1937??  I did finally track him down.  He was the personal trainer for the stars, located there for their convenience, I assume.  An interesting job for sure! 

4 comments:

Robert Fithen said...


Just announced today two Robert Montgomery / Joan Crawford coming to DVD with Warner Archive.

Our Blushing Brides & The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

Carrie said...

I had the same thought on Loomis...who? Makes more sense now!

Kathy said...

Yeah, I was concerned because I did not know him...was my memory so bad I had forgotten an MGM male star?! Another Senior Moment?! Twas much relieved when I tracked him down.

Carrie said...

Robert, saw that too. Great to see these come out finally