Thursday, September 12, 2019

Lucky and Pauline

The photo is showing wear, but the content is just perfection.  The young couple, newly in love, gazing at each other to discover every small thing about each other.  Pauline touching Lucky's jacket ...  just too good. 

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Craig & Alexis, Bob & Dolores, Bob & Betty and Loretta

It is November, 1947, and a group of entertainers are departing New York for London, for a royal command performance.  Of course, we need to capture this momentous event on camera.  Five of the party are smiling/laughing.  Betty is trying to smile, but not making it.  She's probably upset she did not get the memo re the ladies wearing mink stoles. 

                        Craig & Alexis Smith, Dolores Hope, 
                     Bob & Betty, Loretta Young & Bob Hope

Now, Bob is having a really big laugh ... slightly bent over, his mouth open wide. 

Wish I were in on the joke.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

While suffering from a nasty virus ....

Isn't young Bob just too cute?  My, my.   Makes my day.  Helps lift my achy, fatigued spirit.  You just gotta smile looking at this photo, right?  The best medicine available. 

               Photo taken by George Hurrell for Shipmates (1931)

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Florizel and Miss Vandeleur Enjoy London

Two actors enjoying their work ... Or, just what was going on behind Bob's cape? 

                Bob and Rosalind Russell in Trouble for Two (1936)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Robert Times Three

Not much up to writing this evening, but I can always handle working with Bob photos ... particularly of young, beautiful Mr. Montgomery.  These three photos are from the same photo shoot in 1931.  All three are favorites, all too good to choose one over the other. 

The hat is too nifty for words. 

This photo has been trimmed down from a 10x13, mostly from the sides.  That's okay, they saved the best part!  Love the smile. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Herr Montgomery in "Das Graue Haus"

It is too bad that movie heralds went to the wayside over the years.  They were one nifty souvenir of the movies you had seen, and I would have had boxes of them.  Most of the original heralds in the U.S. were just one sheet folded over, but the graphics were usually quite good.  They told you the basics, who the stars were, the studio that produced it and conveyed what kind of movie it was. 

Austria produced this 6-page herald of The Big House (1930).  It not only has numerous stills from the movie, but an actual story line.  I do not know when the herald was used, it could be from after WWII.  Between Hitler's censorship and the war itself, U.S. movies were not shown in Germany and their conquered countries until the war ended. 

By the way, "Das Graue Haus" translates to "The Grey House."  Evidently, the American slang, The Big House, was not known in German speaking countries. 

"The Big House" will be shown on TCM today at 9:15 p.m. PST.  The Sins of the Children (1930) is also being shown at 7:45 a.m. PST.  1930 was a busy year for our young Bob, eight of his movies were filmed that year.  No three-month vacations for him at this stage of his career. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

And One Snazzy Dresser 'Twas He

You might think this was a photo taken on the set of Blondie of the Follies (1932), since Bob and Marion Davies are the leads.  I did.  But, nope, it's the set of Peg O' My Heart (1933).  The other gent is Robert Z. Leonard, the director.  The write-up on the back identifies the people in the photo and the name of the movie, but there is no explanation as to why Bob is in it.  Perhaps he just dropped in to say hi to Marion, because his set was nearby.

And what set would that be .... that hat looked familiar. 

That's it ... the same hat, same tie.

It's cocky Jeff Bidwell in Made on Broadway (1933).  And one snazzy dresser 'twas he. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Bob in Color ... Well, Sort of

A yellow tie and a hint of blush to the lips ... you know, if they had just colored his eyes light blue, it would be a rather nice print.

Speaking of yellow ... wow!  And it's a large magazine print about 11x14.  I should hang it in a dark hallway.  If only the eyes were blue. 

This photo was found quite often in new photo frames, definitely an eye catcher.  Understandably, from the number of copies I have run across, a good number of fans bought the frame so they could have the photo.  Some enterprising soul came up with this version as a magazine premium, it's the photo and frame all in one print, saving the fans a heck-of-a-lot of money!  A rather nice print ... if only the eyes were light blue, instead of purple! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The actor turns briefly from his mirror ...

The five things of note in this photo of Bob's dressing room c. 1934:  1. The cover of the stool is made from the same material as the curtains in the room.  Why, of course.  2. That is one nifty lighting feature around the mirror.  3.  The smaller object on the table is an alarm clock, an essential item in any dressing room.  4.  The photo above the mirror is a portrait of Bob's favorite polo pony.  A matted and framed photo of his horse, I believe taken by Hurrell.  Why, of course.  And 5.  That's Bob taking a cigarette break in his dressing room.  One handsome lad ... of course. 

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Strangers May Kiss (but they don't have to)

I enjoy photoplay editions of books upon which movies are based.  The They Were Expendable edition is just great, eight photos and six have Bob in them!  On the other end of the pole, the photoplay edition of Lady in the Lake does not have any photos at all inside, just those on the dust jacket.  Strangers May Kiss is kinda in between those two books ... four photos and none of them feature Bob!  But, they are decent photos, particularly the photo of Ms. Shearer at the front of the book.  I'd say it gives one a pretty good idea of the flavor of the book. 

The captions are worth showing in a legible print size...

                      Elizabeth aches for the kiss of this stranger - 
                             yielding to a passionate embrace.

                     Alan tires of their unconventional interlude.

               In one mad night after another, Elizabeth sought
                        escape from the spectre of her folly.

By the way, Happy Birthday thoughts for Norma Shearer whose birthday is August 10.  And the same for Dorothy Jordan whose birthday is August 9.  And belated Birthday thoughts for Ann Harding and Irene Purcell who share August 7 as their birthday.  My, but Bob had to work with a lot of Leos!!

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Is it Really August, Already?

Bob at home in 1938.  Swimming seems to have been his main form of exercise through much of his adult life.  In the 1930s he is in the pool every morning doing laps, and in the 1950s Bob is swimming at his men's club on Park Ave. 

His left foot seems to have some kind of problem.  Does anyone know what those lines might be?  I know he broke his left foot skiing in 1957, but do not know of any broken foot before then. 

Whatever, what is not broken for sure is that great smile!

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Wonder if Bill & Myrna Shared Birthday Parties...

Myrna Loy was born August 2, 1905 in Radersburg, MT, population of 66 in 2010.  She went from cowgirl to vamp when the family moved to LA after the death of her father in the 1918 flu pandemic. 

Myrna was allowed to escape her vamp roles after signing with MGM, where she became Mrs. Nora Charles.  Such a beautiful, classy lady. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

More than 200 of their Hollywood friends ... Friends, really?

Bob and Elizabeth I were married April 14, 1928.  A mere 200 guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel, not a shabby party.  Looks like Elizabeth, Jr. needs some more time to know which camera to look at. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Happy Birthday, Mr. Powell!

TCM is showing a 7-movie birthday salute today to our good friend William Horatio Powell, born July 29th, 1892 in Pittsburgh PA.  Hope you have time to watch one. What better way to celebrate an actor's life than to watch one of his performances. 

This quite nice photo of Mr. Powell was taken for the advertising campaign for 1948's Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.  In Living Color - too good.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Prepare to be Startled!

This article appeared in the December, 1934 issue of New Movie.  The author tries to justify the stars big salaries, but that was a difficult challenge in the midst of the Great Depression.  Meanwhile ... it's a fun article. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

One Classic Car and One Classy Gent

Aren't they a great couple ... handsome and elegant Bob, along with his 1931 Cadillac, one classic automobile.  Dressed impeccably with his jacket and slacks flowing over his body, the flouncy handkerchief and leather banded watch, the polka dot tie and white shoes ... perfection.  The huge car with the impressive emblem, large headlights and fancy grill, and one impressive horn.  Just imagine seeing them drive by on a sunny day, your mouth agape as he taps the horn to say hi to another crazed fan.  Oh, just sweep me off the sidewalk after he's gone.  It'll take a while to recuperate. 

A Lot of Pool Time Ahead for Me ...

Earthquakes.  Power outages.  Life in Bakersfield CA can just be too exciting at times!  My excuse for not having done my regular blog this time is a power outage that started at 8:30 p.m. and finally ended about 30 mins. ago.  I think our power company was saving up power for the week of 105-110 degrees temps ahead of us.  Meanwhile, I am headed back to bed with the reassurance that the A/C is indeed working again.  And later, hopefully, I will finally get today's post completed.  After which, it's straight to the pool!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hey, It's Still Thursday....

"Just a couple of great guys ... thinking about a couple of great gals ... Meet Brick ... he's the guy on the right.  He's in love with a PT boat.  He's got a date with a Diesel ..." 

Let's see ... Bob goes from marrying Irene Dunne in Unfinished Business (1941) to having a date with a Diesel in They Were Expendable (1945).  Hang in there, Bob.  It was rough for you adjusting to civilian life, and it will take several years to find your new successful career in television, but you'll come through it all in style ( more Diesel dates). 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Happy Birthday, Mr. Cagney!

                                   James Francis Cagney
                       b. July 17, 1899 and d. March 30, 1986

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Have You Ever Crawled into a Haystack? --- I Don't Recommend it!

Fast and Loose (1939) was the last picture Bob and Rosalind Russell made together.  Kinda wish they could have continued pairing up as they grew older, watching the relationship change with Roz developing into the more dominant figure.  Anyway, it has been some time since I saw the movie so I am looking forward to seeing it tomorrow, July 12th at 10:30 PST on TCM.  TCM is also showing The Divorcee (1930) on demand until July 18th.  A double feature, maybe!  Let's see, I have popcorn and Pepsi ... yeah, I'm ready! 

                          Bob and Roz in Fast and Loose (1939)

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Is Copying Really the Best Compliment?

I have always admired Bob's autograph, the one he developed in the early 1930s.  This 1933 version is a little sloppy compared to the one you see later in the 1930s, it is not written in a perfectly straight line.  It was also written in a book from his library, so perhaps he just did not feel it had to be all that neat.  He does use the line he always draws under his name.  It can vary a little, but the consistent part of the line is the two short marks cutting through the middle of the line.  At one point, I thought it might stand for "H", or Henry, his real first name.  But then I realized it was a somewhat common mark, so had to toss the Henry theory, although I prefer it. 

The actor Louis Mann (Sins of the Children, 1930), had a similar autograph. 

And Chester Morris, a good buddy of Bob's during the time he was developing his autograph, happened to underline his name in a very similar way.  Hmm...