Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dying one cough at a time ...

See comments, please.  Hey, my shortest post!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My Man Dabney's Older Brother Johann

            William Powell in The Baroness and the Butler (1938)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Visit From Father

ABC Photo Release: Elizabeth Montgomery (second from left) and make-up man Rolf Miller (left), enjoy the moment as Elizabeth's father, former film star Robert Montgomery and his wife, visit the set and cast an eye at a papier-mache model of a pig's head which figures in the story, "This Little Piggie," which will be telecast on the ABC Television Network's "BEWITCHED," Thursday, Feb. 18 (8:30-9:00 p.m., EST).

There is no year given for the photo, but 1964 is my best bet.  The episode mentioned is not listed on IMDB for Bewitched.  But Feb. 18 was a Thursday in 1964, and it is right for the age of Mr. Montgomery in the photo.  I have also seen an ABC release stating he would be the guest on the season's opening show of Bewitched, but sadly that never happened.  Would love to have seen older Bob do an acting gig!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

My Favorite Butler

          Bob as Raymond Dabney in The Man in Possession (1931)

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Bob's Final Scene ...on the Cutting Room Floor!

Just love heralds, the nice four-page ones.  Mini-pictorials of the movies, they made great souvenirs for the movie fan.  I have not run across a U.S. version of the herald for The Gallant Hours (1960), but the German one is nifty.  Der Admiral ... certainly fits the cover photo of Cagney as Admiral Halsey in his uniform with all the stripes and ribbons. 

On the back page, you will probably recognize the scene at top wherein the Juniors Cagney and Montgomery were cast as young marines who have a chat with Halsey.  And, frustratingly so, the lower left shot is not in the final cut.**  Our man Bob, appearing in his real uniform as a Captain in the USNR, is shown shaking hands with Halsey/Cagney.  What a great scene to have closed out his movie career!

**The movie uses a shot made from behind Bob so you just see the outline of his head and shoulder.  I'm guessing Mr. Montgomery decided it might have had a jarring effect on the rather dramatic scene.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Another Mystery Solved ... MGM Did Not Do It!

It is always great to run across a "new" photo of Bob.  The photo below is definitely not in the best shape, but still interesting, and it is Bob after all. 

Tried touching it up some.  At lease we know for sure it is an original silver gelatin print by the splotchy appearance of the slacks!  It doesn't look like your standard MGM photo.  Besides, if it were, there would probably be a lot more of them around.  MGM never thought small!  So, it was a mystery until ...

I ran across this 1938 publication of the Screen Actors Guild.  Check out the rather distinctive painting or print in the background.  Definitely a sister photo.  And it is no wonder it's not an MGM photo.  They wouldn't be sending out a photographer on behalf of SAG!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Robert Montgomery, d. Sept 27, 1981

         A view from the terrace of Mr. Montgomery's last home,
                     Hollow Brook in Canaan Valley, CT

"He had played many roles in his lifetime, off-camera and on-; the slender playboy of Our Blushing Brides had become a no-longer-slender country squire, but the grace of the performer remained what it had always been:  a prompting to merriment, an occasion for applause."  (From the article by Brendan Gill, published in the April, 1992, issue of Architectural Digest.)

Checking in on Bob in the 1950s

The May, 1954 issue of "Show" featured an article on our Mr. Montgomery.  I had never heard of the magazine before running across this issue, but I can assure you it is not the same one that is currently available.  After all, this is a PG rated blog (LOL)! 

It is a small magazine, approximately the same size as TV Guide Magazine.  The print is a tad small to read in this format, so my edited version follows.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

One Handsome Gent (Well-Dressed too!)

This photo was used on the cover of Cine Monde, a french magazine, in 1933. ( I was relieved to discover that there was no inside article on him that I would have to translate, my interest was purely the photo anyway.  Do note the spelling of Bob's name in the blurb!)

28-year-old Bob was just so very handsome, and this is a nifty photo of him.  He appears to be modeling the perfect ensemble for recreational horseback riding, for the country club set.

I later realized I had a sister photo ... two excellent environmental portraits. 

Almost as good as this one, taken a few years later on his new yacht.  Still handsome and wearing the perfect yachtsman attire, I'm sure.  The man had class.  

                                              Bob at 57.

And two alerts for Bob movies on TCM:  Another Language (1933) will be shown tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. PST, and The Divorcee (1930)'s showtime is Thursday at 7:30 a.m. EST/4:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bob for FREE?! Where's the Line?

A 9x11 double weight photo of Bob for FREE ... Now that's a great promo. 

Bob picks up a few extra dollars in England.  He was rather popular there, spending so much of his time there during the 1930s and at the beginning of WWII.  He was definitely an anglophile (nifty word). 

It's the 1950s, Bob and Desi Arnaz are receiving perhaps the ugliest awards I have seen.  If he had his Emmy shoved into a storage closet in his office, one can only imagine what happened to this one!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bob Plays an Interesting Round of Golf

What are all those people watching?

Oh, why it's Bob and Dorothy Jordan.  Yeah, I'd stop and watch them too. 

Aren't they the cutest couple.  Isn't she just so petite.  And young Bob, of the beautiful head of hair.  I was never that petite.  Nor did I have such a thick shock of wavy hair.  One of the many reasons why I would much rather look at movie photos than my mirror ...

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

He Was, Simply Put, A Very Funny Man

Robert Benchley was an actor, author, playwright, drama critic and master humorist, who blessed two of Bob Montgomery's movies, Piccadilly Jim (1936) and Live, Love and Learn (1937).  
      Robert Benchley, b. Sept. 15, 1889 and d. Nov. 21, 1945, age 56

Happy Birthday, Mr. Benchley (and my brother, as well)!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bob, Joan, Franchot, George & Adrian

September is a big month for Bob movies on TCM, five movies in total.  That's a lot these days.  Two of his movies with Joan Crawford will be shown in the wee early hours of Friday, Our Blushing Brides (1930) and No More Ladies (1935).  Ladies produced some great publicity stills, with the always wonderful photography of George Hurrell, and aided by Ms. Crawford's gown by Adrian.

            Bob, Joan and Franchot Tone in No More Ladies (1935)

The photo below was not taken by Hurrell ... but, it is, well, interesting.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Robert Benchley Plays a Drunk - I bet he had to do extensive research for the role!

Live, Love and Learn (1937) will be shown on TCM tomorrow (the 12th) at 7:45 a.m. EST/4:45 PST.  If you haven't seen it, recording it for viewing at a more sensible time would be a worthwhile effort.  After all it has Bob (the struggling artist), Rosalind Russell (the rich society girl), Robert Benchley (Bob's drunken buddy), Helen Vinson (the other woman) and Monty Woolley (rich guy into horses).  If only the script was as good as the actors!

The March 26, 1938, issue of the British magazine "Picture Show", features the movie. 

I like their one-page photo and story re-caps.  That's a lot of info on one page!

An enlargement of the best photo:  Bob and Bob (Benchley) have carried in one very large painting of a horse, to be admired by Woolley (in a gown of some sort with matching furry slippers) while Roz simply stands modeling her mink coat (while wondering if she'll ever get a decent role). 

Thursday, September 06, 2018

There Are Other Men in My Life Besides Bob ...

It has been ages since I did a Ray Milland post.  And even then it was a "belated" Happy Birthday entry.  Not a nice way to treat Ray, a basically good guy who happened to be extremely handsome.  Besides, my Milland folder is overflowing with great photos.  So ...

Hotel Imperial (1939) is set at the end of WWI with Ray as an Austrian soldier who runs into a woman out for revenge, and a Russian spy up to no good.  I don't remember having seen it, but it has a 7.2 rating on IMDB.  Unfortunately, finding a copy of it might be a bit of a challenge.  Please let me know if you do! 

In a totally different kind of movie, we find Ray and Paulette Goddard in The Lady Has Plans (1942).  Okay, it is another spy movie, but this time it is a comedy.  A 7.0 rating, and once more, not available.  Sigh.  At least there is this photo of the two incredibly handsome stars to appreciate. 

And, lastly, Ray plays Stanford White, a highly successful architect at the turn of the 20th century who has an affair with a young showgirl played by Joan Collins, and is later killed by Joan's crazy husband, Farley Granger.  The movie, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), was based on a true story, but heavily sanitized by the studio, being the 1950s and all.  It is difficult to imagine Joan Collins as ever being innocent.  This would be the movie that is available on DVD.  Love the look on Ray's face, the handsome devil. 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

My, God ... Is that who I think it is?

One of my favorite Bob items ... an autographed cocktail napkin from a private club in (of all places) Indianapolis, IN. 

Columbia Club, a private club originally for Republicans only.  It seems to be a rather nice place, 5-star restaurants and a lot of mahogany paneling.

Yeah, it looks like a place Bob would hang out at in Indianapolis.  I think one can assume Bob was on the road campaigning for a Republican candidate, perhaps Eisenhower.  He did a lot of that.  The bar has probably been updated, but I'll guess the paneling is much the same. 

 So, you get over the shock of seeing Robert Montgomery in Indianapolis and get up the nerve to interrupt his evening by asking for his autograph.  Good girl, I'm proud of you.  And you treasured it for so many years.  Now it's my turn.  Thank you. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bob and Joan and Bill and Frank and Nigel

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) is being shown this Friday at 10:45 a.m./7:45 a.m. as part of TCM's all-day salute to Joan Crawford.  It's not a "great" movie, but it is underrated by IMDB at only 6.2.  Besides, it has two of the best reasons in the world for watching a movie .... Bob and Bill!! 

Oh, and a good third reason ... both Frank Morgan and Nigel Bruce are present to steal scenes!  My hat's off to the director!

        Bob with Joan and Bill in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Look for the Tie, the Suit, the Hairline ...

Ah, the most recent addition to my 1930 striped tie and double-breasted suit photo shoot.  A rather long and awkward title, but not knowing the photographer or if the photos were to be used with any particular movie, that's the best I can come up with.  Whatever, such a handsome young man. 

I am still amazed at how different he could look from one photo to the next, even photos taken the same day.  Look at the four head shots below.  The last two are similar, but the other two?  I know it is the same shoot because of the apparel.  In no way would Bob have worn the same tie and suit to another shoot. 

The photo below was used as a premium in the Woman's Way Feb., 1931 issue.  Now that's a nice freebie! 

Or perhaps you were successful at receiving this 5x7 fan card with his "all good wishes" signature, a very lucky young lady. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

She Just Was Not Very Nice to Young Bob

Now, this is a beautiful still photo from Inspiration (1931).  Black and white photography can be just marvelous.  Love it.  Unfortunately, my blog format is too limited to show this properly.  So ...

How about a blow-up of the photo's centerpiece.  Hey, it's Yvonne (Garbo) and Andre (Bob) headed up the stairs to his apartment. 

Hmm....what could they be thinking about.

Garbo was not happy about being in Inspiration, not liking the role, the script and apparently her co-star who she gave the cold (or more accurately frozen) shoulder throughout the movie.  Bob was humiliated in front of the entire crew, not a nice thing to do to the young actor.  Power just does not bring out the best in people.