Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bob Takes the First Selfie

        Robert Montgomery on the set of Made on Broadway (1933)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What Has Ray Milland Been Up To Of Late?

Looking uncomfortable marrying Anna Neagle in Forever and a Day (1943). 

Looking heroic with an admiring Barbara Britton in Till We Meet Again (1944).

And just looking at Patricia Morison in Untamed (1940).

IMDB gives the first two movies a 7.3, a mere 4.6 to Untamed.   Two successes out of three movies, not a bad run for Hollywood. Forever and a Day sounds fantastic, featuring most every British actor in Hollywood and a number of Americans as well.  What with Charles Laughton as a tipsy butler, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Buster Keaton as bumbling plumbers---such wonderful scene stealers---a great morale builder, I'm sure.  Unfortunately, I have never seen it.  Drats.  Have any of you? 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On a Picnic For Two

A little daydream for a cold winter's day ... I would put myself in Pauline's place.  Bob is definitely still cast as Lucky.  Lucky has returned from his prison term - out early because of good behavior - and the romance has begun anew.  We find a beautiful, private spot for a picnic and .................

                  Bob and Maureen O'Sullivan in Hide-Out (1934) 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It's "That Grin!" - No Matter the Age

Recently ran across another book about the young Mr. Montgomery.  It was published in 1932, follows his career up to Letty Lynton (1932).  It is a paperback in the unusual size of 6-1/4" by 8", and has about 60 pages, mostly stills from his movies. 

I rather like the back cover ... wouldn't it be great to have a life-sized standup of it?!

There are a few candids, and even fewer private photos, but they are "choice".  There are no particulars (i.e. age, location, ID of the man) provided for the photo below, darn it.  But isn't he the cutest young man.  There's really no doubt that it's Bob, that face doesn't change for some time.

And the Montgomery flair for attire is certainly shown in these photos.  I've seen the photo on the right with the age of eight given, but to me he looks older than that.  Maybe it's the clothes and poise that make me think that. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Touch of Bob? And I Don't Mean Dorothy.

             Dorothy Jordan and Don Dillaway in Min and Bill (1930)

And just a touch, the young Mr. Boyer, perhaps?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Bob in February

February is Oscars Month on TCM, so a full month of movies that you have seen, some a multitude of times.  That definitely applies to the Montgomery movies scheduled.  But, hey, can one really have too much of a good thing?!

                 Chester Morris and Bob in The Big House (1930)

Bob schedule on TCM for February, all times EDT:

                2/07 - Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) at 10:00 p.m.

                2/09 - They Were Expendable (1945) at 12:30 p.m.

                2/20 - The Big House (1930) at 08:30 a.m.

                2/28 - The Night Must Fall (1937) at 07:15 a.m.     

On Saturday evening, February 7th, besides Mr. Jordan, TCM will be showing The Philadelphia Story (1940), Citizen Kane (1941)  and Mrs. Miniver (1942).  Now that's one evening of great movies!  Have lost track of the number of times I have seen each of them.  One more time ... tempting. 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Who Ever Said Life Was Fair?

So tell me, is it fair that men, even actors made up to look older, age so much better than women?   Just asking.  

               Joel McCrea and Frances Dee in Wells Fargo (1937)

       Brian Aherne and Madeleine Carroll in My Son, My Son (1940)