Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Are You Up To a Brief Quiz?

Twenty-Five points if you can name the silhouetted gent in the photo below ... 75, if you can name  the lady.

And a 1,000 point bonus if you can help me to identify the handsome couple in this great photo.  I have not the foggiest idea who they are, guessing Broadway actors.  F. Powol, NY, is the photography studio name imprinted in the lower left corner and, due to the paper and aged backing, I am thinking it was taken in the late 20s.  Of course, I could be totally wrong.  What d'ya think?  Have any idea? 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect

In 1930, Bob's awkward approach to love making is not appreciated at all by June Walker. 

                                        War Nurse (1930)
By 1936, Bob had mastered his moves after extensive research and practice.  He knows how to get Myrna into his arms without a moment's protest.  Lucky, lucky lady ...

                                   Petticoat Fever (1936)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Astaire and Rogers ... Almost Unworldly

               Fred and Ginger in The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ride the Pink Horse Is a Hit - 68 Years Later!

Ride the Pink Horse (1947) has finally been released!!!  Seemed like forever since Criterion made the announcement they were coming out with a Blu Ray copy of our favorite underrated noir film.  Ran across a dozen reviews on the web, all of them in agreement that it's an excellent film, well worth the effort to have it remastered and shown to a new audience of prospective Montgomery fans!

The print is just gorgeous, definitely adds to the movie with all its noir lighting and camera work.  And the commentary track is worth a second viewing of the movie.  Both reviewers know their film noir and share their expertise without being condescending to the audience.  Refreshing.  I do have a question re one of their comments:  Why would one consider Once More, My Darling to be Bob's "noir parody?"  They really lost me there. 

Anyway, if you haven't already a copy... BUY ONE!! 

Above, Bob uses a hands-on approach to directing his young leading lady, Wanda Hendrix.  Also pictured are John Sherwood, Asst. Director, and Margarita Savilla, Wanda's speech coach.

Below, Bob listens to long-time character actor Thomas Gomez in preparation for a scene.  No hand holding needed to direct Mr. Gomez, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. 


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Challenge For Ya'

The stills below show Munsey, the Butler, preparing The Earl of Gorley, our friend Silky, for his execution.  A rather sober scene for sure.  It took me a while to realize there were two stills of the scene, they are almost the same.  Remember those contests in the kid's section of the Sunday paper that asked you to find the differences between two similar drawings?  Well, lets wake up our aging adult minds and try to find the differences in these photos. Just send in your list to be eligible for the surprise gift ...

           Bob and Edmund Gwenn in The Earl of Chicago (1940)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Joan, The Freckled Wildcat!

I thought something looked different about Joan when I first saw this photo.

                     Bob and Joan Crawford in Untamed (1929)
So, I enlarged the area around the their faces ...

So many freckles that some rubbed off onto Bob!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Continuing Curse of the Mustache

I'd have to say Bob looks a tad strange in this photo used as a cover for an Italian magazine.  All puffy faced.  And, of course, that mustache doesn't help.  At least the setting is interesting.

And, speaking of mustaches ... Dennis Morgan is another handsome gent who just does not need hair on his face. 

Clark Gable ruled with his elegantly sculpted mustache.  He looked so much better with it.  Tom Selleck rules with a full lip mustache.  I don't even want to see a picture of him without it.  Most everyone else ... shave, please. 

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Bob and Betty (and Ann)

              Lt. Comdr. Montgomery with Ann Sheridan in 1944.

No, I have no further information on the Bob and Ann photo.  We'll just have to leave it to our imaginations. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Perfect Trio: Bob, Dorothy & Those Rad Shoes

    Bob Montgomery and Dorothy Jordan in Love in the Rough (1930)