Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Another Handsome Critter of the Golden Age

This is a change of pace post.  No Bob.  Had the urge to share a few photos of Cary Grant instead.    Cary was another one of those extremely handsome actors that populated the Golden Age of movies.  In the photo below, he is 33 years old and quite the hunk.  I apologize that the photo shows sign of deterioration, obviously an original silver nitrate photo.  But the face is still intact and that is what counts. 

                                    Talk of the Town (1937)

Mr. Grant made an impressive number of very good and successful movies.  Going free lance once his initial contract with Paramount expired, Cary showed his excellent business sense by the movies he chose to make.  Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) is one of my favorites, so clever and witty, with the perfect Mrs. Blandings, Myrna Loy. 

        Cary and Myrna Loy in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

And then there is Dudley from the classic The Bishop's Wife (1947).  Can you imagine anyone else in that role? 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Many a Pleasant Dream ...

You just can't have too many ways of displaying photos of your favorite stars.  The pop up easels below would appear to be a very inexpensive kind of photo, frame all-in-one.  Perfect for teens on tight budgets.  The photo is printed directly on cardboard with the easel part of the back.  These are about 5"x7", just right for a small display area, like a teen's nightstand.  (Yes, I know this doesn't apply to today's teen!  But those in the 1930s, 1940s ... a world of difference.)

To illustrate a slight problem with the easels, this Bob pop up has lost its easel.  Still a great picture to have.

And some fans even displayed photos of other stars besides our Bob.  Clark Gable I understand.  In college, I had the Rhett Butler playing cards poster tacked to the ceiling above my bed.  Many a pleasant dream ...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

One of the few people who could wear an Ascot

A portrait of Bob taken during the making of Hide-Out in June/July of 1934.  Which means he has just turned 30 years old.  I like the overall sense of smugness, yet with humor sparkling in his eyes.    Such a handsome critter. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

An Ambitious Youth Was He

A 1929 interview with the very young Mr. Montgomery follows.  It may well be the first time his path to the movies has been told, which would explain the different twists of the tale.  There is a buddy who travels with him on the oil tanker in this one and they actually travel all the way to Los Angeles to try to break into the movies, before Bob goes to NYC to begin his theater career.   Oh, well, it is a fun read. 

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Old Bob's Signature More Legible than Mine!!

As it has been noted a time or two in the past, I rather enjoy collecting Bob autographed photos.  Tis a great combination of a good photo of Mr. Montgomery and knowledge that we both handled it that makes it extra special for me. 

           Bob and Rosalind Russell in Live, Love and Learn (1937)

This autographed photo is from the private collection of a Mr. Harry Wilkinson of Marblehead, MA.  Please look at the bottom stamp: "AFTER AUTOGRAPHING Kindly Return TO:" with the date 6-81 written by hand.  I'm assuming that is the date the photo was returned to Harry.  And the significance of that date ... Bob died in 9-81.  So he signed this only three months before his death.   Nifty.  Now, if I could only find something of his from his youth!

Thursday, April 04, 2019

It Helps To Get Along With Your Co-Star

Clarence Sinclair Bull took the publicity photos for Bob's movie Lovers Courageous (1932).  There are a good number of them and each one is better than the next.  It is difficult to beat a combination of a good photographer and two quite handsome subjects.  27-year-old Bob and 22-year-old Madge Evans seem to be the perfectly matched couple, who will go on to make four more movies together [Hell Below (1933), Made on Broadway (1933), Fugitive Lovers (1934) and Piccadilly Jim (1936)], as well as maintaining a long-lived friendship off-screen.  

The photo below is my current favorite, mostly because it is my most recent purchase!

                    Bob and Madge Evans in Lovers Courageous

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Gonna Take a Sentimental Journey ...

It is January, 1970.  Bob, who traveled extensively throughout his life, is in England checking out old haunts.  His visit is covered in the Jan. 4th issue of the Sunday Times.   

"Robert Montgomery, the American film actor and director, standing in front of a Hawker Hurricane with Air Vice Marshal R. Jones, Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Fighter Group, when he made a sentimental journey last week to R.A.F. Bentley Priority, Stanmore.

In the spring of 1941 as a United States Navy lieutenant, Mr. Montgomery made frequent visits to Bentley Priority while serving on the Embassy staff in London.  Despite the fact that America was neutral and that it was strictly against regulations, he managed to do duty in the top secret underground operations room --- the nerve center of Fighter Command.

Mr. Montgomery said that the knowledge he gained through his back door visits paid off handsomely after Pearl Harbour when he was called upon to set up an operations room in the White House for President Roosevelt."  

                             65-year-old Mr. Montgomery

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hey, Jim ... Let's Make a Movie Together!

Bob at his happiest, directing/producing a movie.  This time it is The Gallant Hours (1960), an opportunity to work with pal Jimmy Cagney.  That was one large project for Bob to take on, first coming up with the idea in the fall of 1957, filming done in 1959 and then finally released in 1960.   

Bob is wearing his directing outfit:  sport jacket, no tie and white slacks.  He wears the same outfit for Lady in the Lake and Ride the Pink Horse photo days.  Did you catch the scuff mark on the lower left pant leg?  He must not have noticed it, I'm sure he had a backup pair. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Honest and Brave was Mr. Montgomery

TCM is showing Lady in the Lake (1947) on demand until March 31st.  Now I know everyone has seen this movie, but it's the intro and exit comments by TCM's Eddie Muller that I want to recommend to you.  They are quite interesting, some good tidbits not in your basic write-up on the movie.  The exit comments include some really nice words about Mr. Montgomery.  Made my day!

Photo Caption:  "On the first day of production, Montgomery holds an on-the-set conference with George Haight (right) the producer; Stan Fisher (second from right) who wrote the screenplay; and Dolph Zimmer, the assistant Director."

**Thanks to Debbie for finding and sharing the news about the comments. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Greetings from Hollywood!!

Best guess 1930, from a series of great photos taken by Ruth Harriet Louise.  He just looks so young, and beautiful, nicely shows up the blue eyes.  It doesn't look at all like an MGM postcard.  Maybe Bob had them printed up and sent them to his friends back in New York.  Or it might have been a self-promotion deal, distributing them to tourist souvenir shops.  Yeah, I like the latter. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Giddiness isn't always left behind in our Youth

For me, the only thing better than a portrait of Bob is an autographed portrait of Bob ... like, that means he actually touched it, right?!   Makes my day.

                               Robert Montgomery (1934)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Stars are Just Like You and Me....Sure.

Just two favorite photos to share with you, quickies you might say. 

The personification of a movie star:

                                   Adolphe Menjou c. 1930

A fan photo taken c. 1943 of Irene Dunne who participated in numerous civic events during the war.  Of course she is wearing pearls at an outdoor event, she is a star and needs to dress the part!  But, I bought this because of a second star in the photo.  Can you pick him out?  Hint:  He is a very good friend of Bob's.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

What a Handsome Pair They Made

Bob and Roz had it down pat by their fourth time as co-stars, appearing as Joel and Garda Sloane in Fast and Loose.  In the photo below, they look comfortable with each other, as if they could have been married.  I like the positioning of Roz's hands.  She is the dominant force in the photo for sure. 

                          Bob and Roz in Fast and Loose (1939)

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Montgomery in a Mellow Mood

Article from the December, 1937 issue of "Modern Screen".  Bob is in a chatty mood!

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The Best Gift Ever ...

I purchased this photo from a British vendor a while back.  It is a 5 x 7 fan card of Bob's with a handmade border to look like a wooden frame, some kind of cloth cut into strips and painted black, a clever idea.  Dated April 25, 1935,  it is the product of the Depression when resourcefulness was essential.   

Some lucky girl got Bob's photo from her loving Uncle Alf and Auntie Edna.  How nice of them to go to the trouble of getting the fan card and then making the nifty frame.  Considering the great shape it is in today, she evidently treasured it. 

Ya' know ... I'm a tad bit envious. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Speaking of Aging

... ever so gracefully.

                                    William Powell at 61

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

He Could Still Put a Smile on a Lady's Face

There aren't many off-screen pictures of Mr. Montgomery taken in the late 1940s, which I find rather unfortunate.  Of course he was aging, but he seemed so much younger (and handsomer) in the few candid shots I have seen, than on the big screen with a lot of make-up to hide the wrinkles. 

I like the squinting eyes.  Not used to a flash camera?  Our myopic Bob trying to see John's face clearly? 

       Bob, Susan Hayward and John Payne, The Saxon Charm (1948)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

All Good Wishes, Robert Montgomery

It's Bob in February, 1933, giving an interview to publicize Hell Below.

Photo Caption:  "She didn't want sympathy.  So Robert Montgomery put his autograph on the plaster cast of Eileen Percy, actress-newspaper writer, who broke her ankle.  And now all the stars are doing it."  

A slightly extreme measure to get Bob to caress my foot, but ...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bob in a White Tux Jacket ... Rrrrf!

From a 10" x 13" original photo ...

... to a 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" Ross postcard ...

... a classy photo of a classy young man can just take your breath away.   

Thursday, February 14, 2019