Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Not Bob Taylor, Nor Ben Hogan

Few things give me more pleasure than discovering a new and nifty Montgomery photo ... particularly one that was identified incorrectly as "Bob Taylor" and cost me all of $2.  Yes, that just made my day.  The correct Bob is wearing the outfit he wore for the golfing scene with Ann Harding in When Ladies Meet (1933).  I'm assuming no golf ball was used in the making of this photo, or the photographer was a lot braver than me! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mr. Benchley!

Robert Benchley was born September 15, 1989 and died a mere 56 years later.  He was a very, very funny man who appeared in two movies with our Bob, Piccadilly Jim (1936) and Live, Love and Learn (1937).  My brother, David, was born on September 15 in a later year, is still alive (although living in Florida he recently gave his sister a bit of a scare), and has never appeared in any movie at all.  Yet, he makes his sister laugh.  My love goes out to them both.

This is a photo of Mr. Benchley.  The following quotes are his, not my brother's.  Don't want to confuse anybody! 

Sand is also a good place on which to write, "I love you," as it would be difficult to get into court after several years have passed.

 Anything can happen, but it usually doesn’t.

 When I was a child I was of an affectionate disposition, but not enough to get arrested.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bob ... And the Ever Present Ladies

Love my clippings ... cheap!!  And they are just so seldom available in the original photo form.  I mean how else are you going to find a photo of Preston Foster, Eddie Adams, Bob, Una Merkel and James Gleason!  The photo was taken at the 1937 Screen Actors Guild Ball.  (Does anyone know who Eddie Adams was?  Did she perhaps have a position in the union?  Can't find anything on her on IMDB.  Bugs me when I can't identify someone!) 

And a photo of Robert Young, Gertrude Niesen, Frank Morgan, Rita Johnson and Bob ... well, maybe not priceless.  The cheery group is singing in celebration of Frank Morgan's 25th Wedding Anniversary.  Now this is obviously an MGM public relations photo.  Young, Morgan, Johnson and Bob are all MGM contract players.  They would know each other and were probably at the studio working that day.  But...Gertrude Niesen?  She was a singer that made a few movie appearances at other studios, never worked for MGM.  Did they hire a singer so some one in the group could carry a tune?  (Sorry, Bob, an unkind remark in deed.)

And, lastly, a still from Night Must Fall (1937) with Dame May Whitty.  Just look at that face, that smile.  Want to share some chocolates, my dear, dear Danny?  

Thursday, September 07, 2017

What Beautiful Hair (Bob's, Of Course)

My, what a gorgeous, sexy couple!  Have to admit it threw me when I first saw the photo, could not place it at all.  I was quite sure I knew all of Bob's leading ladies, but here he was in the arms of another woman!  How could this happen?!

Turns out it is a promotional shot for Untamed (1929) and Bob is shown with Gwen Lee, who played one of Joan Crawford's competitors for Bob's affection.  I think Joan had real cause for concern ...

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Bob, Having Nothing Better To Do ...

One of the many duties of contract performers at the studios was to meet with visiting VIP's.  Young Bob shows up occasionally with French visitors, the assumption being that he actually spoke French.  Although Bob did not even finish high school, the schooling he did receive was obviously quite good.  Here he is in 1930 with Maurice Dekobra, a french novelist and screenwriter, and Mona Goya, a french actress under contract to MGM. 

                                Bob at MGM studios in 1930

I would imagine it was MGM's intent to convince Mr. Dekobra to write for them, a failed attempt if so.  He did sign with RKO to have one of his novels made into a movie, but returned to France afterwards.  Mona Goya made two movies for MGM, back when a french-language film was made parallel to its english-version, because good subtitles weren't yet in use.  One of those was Revolte dans la prison or The Big House, in which she played the sister of Bob's character in the movie.  Yeah, I can kinda see the similarity! 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bob Models Proper Attire for Bakersfield

Yes, I seem to have a one track mind this week, I mean, besides dwelling on photos of Bob in swimming trunks!  I'm just so, so tired of the heat here in Bakersfield.  It's always hot here in the summer, but we are having a record-setting kind of year.  We had ten straight 100+ days back in June, way too early for such nonsense.  And the heat has been relentless ever since.  An excessive heat warning is out for the entire holiday weekend.  Bummer.  Might be Thanksgiving before I can use my outdoor grill again! 

                                    Bob at home in 1938

It appears, for the moment, that the 100s will continue through September 9th.  We are on track for having the most 100+ days in a year since 1917.  Oh, joy, what a momentous event in which to be a participant. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

One (Very) Long, (Very) Hot Summer!

Taking a break while filming Love in the Rough (1930), Bob found one way to keep cool.  He is aquaplaning, a single board predecessor of water skiing.  He appears to have hold of the rope with his mouth ... I think I'll stay with your basic splashing in the pool. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Meet Me in the Casbah --- Oh Yes, Yes!!

Charles Boyer was one of my early favorite movie stars.  The combination of his voice and accent ... just heavenly.  He was always telling these beautiful women that he loved them and, needless to say, I always imagined I was the lucky lady in his arms. 

    Charles Boyer & Paulette Goddard in Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

However, Mr. Boyer was totally unavailable.  He married his wife Pat in 1934 and, by all accounts and unlike most of his compatriots, remained faithful to her until her death on August 24, 1978.  Two days later, Mr. Boyer committed suicide rather than continue to live without her.  That was August 26th, two days before his birthday of August 28th.  It's all so sad, but being with the love of your life for 44 years, that part of it was a wonderful blessing.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bob Tries Out His Latest Tricky Dicky Joke

And just what was Bob doing 61 years ago today, you ask?  Why he was at the 1956 GOP Convention held in San Francisco, Calif.  If President Dwight D. Eisenhower was giving a nationally televised speech, Bob was always there to make sure everything was done properly.

             Bob, GOP Chairman Leonard Hall and George Murphy

One really has to admire Bob for his great sense of civic duty.  Four years of active military service in WWII, when he was well over draft age and could easily have limited his time served to a few U.S.O. tours ... that was a big one.  And then to follow that up with serving as Ike's media advisor for seven years for the princely sum of $1 a year ... that's impressive.  Granted, it looked good on his resume and Bob was not meek about letting people know about his association with the President.  But he earned the publicity.  Two and three flights a week between NYC and DC were often required.  He was simply there for the President whenever needed for all those years while never once violating Ike's trust re privacy and national security.  Considering what goes on these days ... the man was a saint!

Sure would like to know what Bob was telling the boys.  (Probably disproving the "saint" idea!)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Garbo, Buster and a Three Decker

I just love the fan magazines of the early 1930s.  Photoplay Magazine was one, if not the best of its kind in the 1930s.  Richly done, great photos of the stars and, appropriately, on the expensive side for collectors.  In Britain, there were two highly successful magazines which covered U.S. movies, as well as their own.  I'm guessing Picturergoer was No. 1, with Picture Show not far behind.  Bob made the cover of both several times, and I snarf them up whenever they show up for sale. 

And, whereas I may purchase a magazine for its cover or a lead story, it is always fun to run across any small surprises inside.  Below is a photo of the young Mr. Montgomery --- note the full head of wavy hair! --- and a dog named Buster, perhaps MGM's answer to Rin Tin Tin.  Bob appears to be finding Buster a more enjoyable co-worker than Garbo...

And found in an article on the favorite sandwiches of the stars:

I wish they had provided the kind of bread he liked, which dressing he used.  I mean, there are so many unknown things about Bob we will never know, and now there are even more.  Sigh. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy Birthday, Killer!

Ann Blyth was born August 16, 1928, making her 89 as of tomorrow.  The last of Bob's ladies, I'm sure we all extend our heartfelt appreciation for her delightful performance as "Killer" in Once More, My Darling (1949).  Once Killer set her sights on Collie (Bob), he didn't stand a chance.

               Bob and Ann Blyth in Once More, My Darling (1949)

You should check out this interview of Ann made in 2013.  Wow, should I look so good at 85 (as if I looked that good now...)!  TCM Classic Film Festival: Ann Blyth

Friday, August 11, 2017

Six Bob Movies for August ... More, More, More!

There are six Bob movies being shown this month on TCM!  Great.  It's TCM's Summer Under the Stars month and five of Bob's co-stars are featured.  The first movie is They Were Expendable (1945), being shown on John Wayne's day this Saturday.  The other five are not shown nearly as often, so here is your chance to see/record a few of his other movies.

    Rosalind Russell Day, August 17th:  Trouble for Two (1936)

    Ann Harding Day, August 21st:  When Ladies Meet (1933) and
           Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935) 

    James Cagney Day, August 26th:  The Gallant Hours (1960)
          (Okay, not exactly a co-star, but it's a Bob movie!)

    Marion Davies Day, August 29th:  Blondie of the Follies (1932) 

I just checked the IMDB ratings.  Kinda interesting.

           7.9 - Blondie of the Follies
           7.3 - They Were Expendable
           7.2 - The Gallant Hours
           6.9 - When Ladies Meet
           6.6 - Trouble for Two
           6.1 - Biography of a Bachelor Girl 

I have always had a difficult time objectively rating Mr. Montgomery's movies, but these ratings seem "close" to my viewpoint.  They Were Expendable is simply a great picture, I'd have it at the top of the list, knocking Blondie down to 3rd place.  I can see The Gallant Hours not being for everyone, but still, a good movie.  Trouble for Two should have a slightly higher rating, maybe kick it up to 6.9.  Bob and Roz are just so good together.  Biography... alas, is rated about right.  Between the heavy-handed censoring and Bob being miscast ...  I'm not sure I have even watched it all the way through.

Anyway, you do have the opportunity to see Bob with curly locks and a mustache!  Even Roz thinks it's funny ...

               Bob and Rosalind Russell in Trouble for Two (1936)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Whoa ... One Too Many!!

It has been a while since I had some celebratory champagne.  It may be a while before I have some more.  Best write up my post tomorrow.  Yeah, an excellent idea.  Sharing a sauna with Mr. Montgomery, even better! 

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

And What Do Ann, Irene, Dorothy and Norma All Have in Common, Besides Bob?

Okay ... four of Bob's ladies have birthdays this week.  Ann Harding and Irene Purcell share the 7th.  Dorothy Jordan's is the 9th and Norma Shearer's day is the 10th.  Well, one big Happy Birthday wish goes out to all four of you delightful ladies.  Just noticed Bob starred with Dorothy, Irene and Norma in 1931.  Wonder whose birthday invitation Bob would have accepted if he could attend only one party.  Ha.  Like he could have said no to a summons by Ms. Shearer.  Then too, in 1931 he would have found a way to attend all three parties!! 

                   Bob and Dorothy Jordan in Shipmates (1931)

I hate to pass up on a chance to use one of my Bob/Dorothy photos, there are so many great ones.  Such a good-looking couple.  The word beautiful does not come to mind first when I think of Ms. Jordan.  Cute does, she was so amazingly cute.  Beautiful comes to mind more often when I think of young Mr. Montgomery.  So, who do you think had more natural curls?  

Thursday, August 03, 2017

No, Bette Did Not Put a Curse on Joan**

The opening scene of Riptide (1934), wherein Herbert Marshall appears in a rather amazing "bug" costume, is, well, on the bizarre side.  But it is funny. 

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937), has its own bizarre sequence.  Everyone is at a charity auction and a fierce bidding takes place for a doll with an almost spooky likeness of Mrs. Cheyney, Ms. Crawford, of course.  Now, I am not sure what adults do with lifelike dolls, for the most part, but Lord Dilling (Dill/Bob) is the winner, as seen here observing his new treasure.  Makes me shudder a bit.

       Bob and Joan Crawford, sort of, in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

There was also a doll in the likeness of Dill/Bob.  Wonder what happened to it after the movie?   I don't have a doll collection, but ...

**Maybe not from tryingActually, in 1937 it would more likely have been Norma Shearer!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Happy 125th for Mr. Bedroom Eyes!! ***

                             William Powell, b. July 29, 1892

And a joyous upcoming day for his lady ...

                              Myrna Loy, b. August 2, 1905

*** errr....three days late.  I had the post set up for Saturday...really.  (My mind has been deadened by having to read up for a written drivers exam required for my license renewal this year.  Our CA DMV handbook is 116 pages long...very long!)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

George Hurrell as photographer with Bob as the subject ... can't miss, another great photo.  This is one of several fine portraits taken to promote Riptide (1934).  Bob is maturing, all of 30 at the time.  The face is slightly fuller, having actually added a few pounds to his previously very slender frame.  The slight smile, a sparkle in his eyes ... Bob appears to be actually enjoying himself.  Maybe it's the thought of his upcoming four-month vacation before the filming of Hideout (1934). 

All of Bob's movies were made in glorious black and white.  Accordingly, all of his promotional photos were in black and white.  It would have been great if a few of his movies and/or a few photos had been shot in color.  For the most part, we have had to resort to the colorized print to see Bob in color.  Some, like the one below, work out okay.  He's pictured as a brunette, which is correct.  The suit is brown, a color right for the times and one of Bob's preferred suit colors.  There's just the one glaring problem, as it is for most of the colorized photos I have seen ... brown eyes, really???  Yikes, people.  It might as well be in black and white if you miss Mr. Montgomery's beautiful blue eyes!! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bob and Walter Out On The Town ... Really?

Photo Caption:  5/5/1947  Donna Atwood, star of the Ice-Capades of 1947, spent intermission time visiting with Hollywood stars who turned out for opening night at the Pan Pacific Auditorium ... got the undivided attention of Walter Pidgeon and Robert Montgomery when she stopped to visit with them.

QUESTION:  Okay, I can see Bob at the ice capades, sort of.  I mean, it could be a family night out, he's there with Betty and the kids.  And then some public relations guy pulls him away to spend time with a good-looking 22-year-old.  Tough job, eh, Bob? 

But, Walter?  Ya' know, I have never thought of Walter Pidgeon as being an ice skating kind of guy.  I mean, I can see he and Bob at a cocktail party, enjoying some of Walter's infamous bawdy limericks.  But, an evening watching ice skating?  Really? 

And we'll never know the true story of Bob, Walter and the pretty, young lady ...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Were We Ever So Young

Photos taken from The Life of Robert Montgomery, a small paperback published in 1932 and basically a biographical article with plenty of photos, mostly stills from his movies.  There are a few photos of Bob off-screen, the two below both priceless. 

Bob at 16 and already the impeccable dresser.  The high white collar with tie, the watch fob.  A tall lad it would appear, a big hit with the girls I'm sure. 

                                            Bob at 16

It's eight years later and Bob is now appearing in his last Broadway play.  (He will direct and produce plays beginning in the 1940s, but never act in any.  Wonder why.)  Possession opened in October, 1928, and Bob was on the train to Hollywood that January.  It was simply Mr. Montgomery's impeccable (like that word) timing that he finds a measure of success on Broadway the same time talkies demand young talent with good voices.  And such a nice voice it was...

                    Bob and Edna Hibbard in Possession (1928)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Oh, Shuckie-Darns!!**

Sorry, folks.  Not your normal post for today.  I received this lovely notice from Photobucket.com advising I am not able to use photos I have uploaded to my account on this blog site ... without paying them this outrageous sum.  I truly do not understand why I should have to pay to use my own photos on my own blog.  However, I do understand how a business could think differently than me and overrule any objections that I may have!  And we know who "wins" in these situations. 

I'll do a regular post Thursday, I have a few photos not on my Photobucket account.  Just not in the right mood tonight. 

** (Shuckie-Darns:  A quaint mid-20th century expression used in polite company, replacing  the more common "Oh, ****!) 

Friday, July 14, 2017

In Case You Haven't Heard ...

The WBShop.com is having a Christmas in July sale.  Most of their DVDs are on sale for 4 for $44. Great time to add to your Bob collection!  The sale is on through Tuesday, July 18th.

 You really need to have this one in your collection!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I Think I'm Running Out of "Clever" Headings ...

Back to the post of a week ago ... there was a second lot of photos I purchased, this one all Bobs!  Once again not all the photos were treasures (for example, deteriorating stills from Eye Witness), but there were a number of great finds in my eyes.  The photo below may be showing its age, but it is such a lovely, unusual shot of Bob. 

                                               Bob in 1933

It is by Hurrell and a number of great photos came out of the same session.  The most famous one is below, the over-inked copy available as a poster from various outlets.  Not to complain about it, just to in part explain the difference in the two photos.  I happen to have the poster print framed and hanging on the wall above my computer desk.  He is just such a gorgeous dude at this time ... handsome, confident with just a touch of a smirk, as if to say:  "Can you believe how much these people are paying me for this?" 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Salt Shaker - Leading Cause of Bloody Noses

Just in case you've actually never seen it, or would simply like to have a copy of it for your library, TCM is showing Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) tomorrow, July 12th, at 9:45 p.m. PDT (12:45 a.m. EDT). 

Smith is a fun movie and whereas Alfred Hitchcock is listed as the director, I have never thought of him as doing little more than saying Action and Cut when it came to Bob's and Carole's scenes.  They were, after all, two of the best comedic actors in the movies and Mr. Hitchcock was not a master of American comedies. 

               Bob and Carole Lombard in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Best scenes (per this totally unbiased reviewer):  David and Ann return to Mama Lucy's for a romantic dinner (David: "I'd give five bucks to see that cat take a sip of that soup."); and the nightclub scene wherein David tries everything to avoid Ann's seeing him with his, errr, not classy date.  Bob's bit re giving himself a bloody nose with a salt shaker ... absolute perfection.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Such a Gorgeous Sight to See!

So I am strolling through picture lots that are occasionally up for auction on emovieposter.com. (If you haven't heard of the site, do check it out.  You can trust them, no hit-or-miss like on eBay.)  Some of the lots are huge, I concentrate on lots from the 30s to 50s which are generally smaller and look for gems --- think Bob movies. 

I had begun checking out lot #6m262, 30 stills from movies of the 30s and 40s.   All 30 photos are shown in an overview ... and I see it.  Bob's face jumps out of a sea of stills.  It's a still from Hell Below (1933).  Well, make my day!  I put a bid in, won the lot for only $17 and rejoiced.**  Such a deal. 

Such a gorgeous sight to see ...

** Of course there is the problem of dealing with the other 29 photos.  Anybody want a photo of Fred MacMurray in 1945's Captain Eddie?  No?  How about Fibber McGee and Molly in Here We Go Again?  I have such deals for you!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Have a Fantastic Fourth!

So, let's go out and do our part!!!  I'll have a bonfire going in my trusty grill to barbecue some pork ribs.  That'll be after a couple hours in the pool so I'll be cool enough to handle standing over a fire in 100+ heat!  Doesn't sound like the most rational thing to do, but it is a tradition, part of many good memories.  With more to come!  Hopefully for you as well.  Enjoy.  (Don't forget to display your flag!)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Good Job, Madge!

Bob and Madge Evans ... such a handsome, or rather Gorgeous couple!  Bob is 28, Madge 23 ... both at the top of their game, in the looks department.  There just weren't that many women around who could hold their ground in a photo with the 28-year-old Mr. Montgomery.  I mean, even his hair is gorgeous!  Good job, Madge. 

                            Bob and Madge in Hell Below (1933)

And Happy Birthday to Madge, born July 1, 1909. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Who The Heck Is Beatrice Halstead?

So, it is the fall of 1938.  You wrote a letter to your idol (Bob, of course!) early that summer and never heard from him.  Sigh.  But, WAIT!  There's a letter in the mailbox for you and it's from Culver City, Calif.  Could it be? 

You flip it over, and there it is, Robert Montgomery's return address!  Wow!  It has actually happened.  You have finally received a response from your hero. Wow!  You rush to track down Mom's letter opener, not wanting to damage the envelope, because you know you will want to save it forever. 

You catch your breath, open the letter on the matching stationary and begin to read:  "Dear Mr. Mank: ..."

Who in the heck is Beatrice Halstead?  Bob is vacationing and you don't know when he will return?  How much vacation does he get, anyway?  Oh, well, a letter on his stationary ... can't wait to show the gang!

(For the record:  Bob finished filming Three Loves Has Nancy on August 4th and then vacationed in England, returning to L.A. on Sept. 16th.  Filming on his next movie, Fast and Loose, began Dec. 16th.  So, do you think Beatrice did not really know Bob's plans?  Hmmm....)

(For the record II:  Bob hired Beatrice Halstead to handle his fan mail at the beginning of his career and she continued as his secretary at least throughout the 1930s.)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Very, Very High Temps Continue

... and that means another monstrous headache.  Moving to Alaska sounds good right now.  Hey, might run into Bob as he floats by on his large chunk of ice.  (Mr. Montgomery had to have enjoyed posing for this one, as did everyone on the set, I'd imagine!)

                                 Petticoat Fever (1936)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

And It's Not Even Summer Yet!!!

We set a record here in beautiful Bakersfield ... 109 degrees, beating out the 107 set in 1947.  It is a record I would prefer not to have experienced first hand.  I get headaches whenever the temperature exceeds 103.  I have a whopper at present. 

Ever so fortunately, we have a pool.  A pool that is surrounded with umbrellas because the direct sun would parboil me in a matter of minutes.  Mr. Montgomery resided in Beverly Hills, which explains the lack of umbrellas.  Otherwise, you might mistake his backyard with mine.  Well, except for the mansion.  And a gardener tending to the flowers on the hillside.  And the presence of a gorgeous man dangling his feet in the water.  Sigh. 

                             Bob at home, summer of 1938

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Do You Remember This Song In The Movie?

I don't.  Don't really think of They Were Expendable (1945) as having songs in it.  "To the End of the End of the World" ... doesn't sound like a song you would be humming as you left the theater!  Whatever, it does make for a nifty music sheet cover. 

By the way, a copy is available on eBay for only $194.95 ... My copy cost $4.95.  Wow, did I ever save money!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Back in Bob's Very, Very Slender Days

June Walker, whose birthday is Wednesday, June 14th, originated the character of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Broadway.  You know, the Marilyn Monroe role.  Hmmm ... I never quite saw that.

                      Bob and June Walker in War Nurse (1930)

Anyway, in the midst of doing a little surfing on the net, I ran across this photo of June.  Okay, the blonde hair, different hairstyle and makeup, a few years younger ... okay, I can see it. 

Thursday, June 08, 2017

While the Fans Are Still Alive to Enjoy It ....

Two beautiful people, he in a tuxedo and she in gown and fur, with aperitifs in hand looking longingly into each other's eyes ...

Oh, would somebody PLEASE release Letty Lynton on DVD!!  TCM, the WB, Criterion ... Hey, Netflix, you've got the coin!  A remastered movie added to your immense collection would be a nice touch, certainly a lot less expensive then those mini-series you are churning out.  Just think about it.  Please. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

He Just Looked Great in a Uniform!

This is a photo taken by the Navy on Bob's return home from serving in the Pacific.  And the difference between a Navy portrait of Bob and an MGM portrait of same is ... MAKEUP!  Makeup and lighting can do wonders for a middle-aged actor, but Bob doesn't need it here.  So you can see his predominant five-o'clock shadow and his double chin, so what.  This is one handsome 39-year-old dude. 

               Lt. Commander Henry Montgomery, Jr., May, 1943

Sunday, June 04, 2017

June 4th, Roz's Day...Looking Great, As Always!

                         Rosalind Russell in Girl Rush (1955)

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Still a Beautiful Young Man

I became an "official" contributor on the blog five years ago.  It was May 27th, 2012, when Carrie finally convinced me that my doing the blog would actually work out.  Carrie is a great convincer. 

And after five years of reading/writing/watching/listening to Robert Montgomery, I continue to think that he was a beautiful young man who grew into being a most admirable man.  Complicated, yes.  A man who did not suffer fools, yes.  But, amazing in his accomplishments, the extent of his talents.  Would so loved to have met the man.  Shake his hand and thank him for the many, many enjoyable hours I have spent with him, if in spirit only. 

And thank you for giving me the excuse to do this.  For the most part, the blog is great fun, although there are those times when my mind freezes and it's a real challenge to come up with a post.  But, fortunately, having such a fascinating subject saves the day.  Thanks, again, for checking in. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

He Was What a Cowboy Star Should Look Like

                 Jack Holt, b. May 31, 1888, d. January 18, 1951

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Quick, Which Navy Bob Is For Real?

                  Hint:  Captain Henry Montgomery, Jr, U.S.N.R.

Do hope you all have wonderful plans for the holiday weekend, and that they all come true.  A great time to hug a veteran and say thanks for their service.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lot of Good People Born in May

Besides Bob ...
    May 15 - Constance Cummings, Bob's co-star in Haunted
                  Honeymoon (1940)
    May 17 - Maureen O'Sullivan, Bob's co-star in Hide-Out (1934)
                        Lucky shows his farming skills to Pauline

   May 20 - Jimmy Stewart, well, just because!
   May 23 - James Gleason, Bob's very able supporting actor
                   in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

             Mr. Gleason could steal a scene under any circumstance