Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Take My Wife ... Please!


My absolutely favorite pair of photos, featuring two old friends on the set of The Gallant Hours (1960).  James Cagney is telling the joke this time, and it's Bob's turn to break up on hearing it.  Great smile, Mr. Montgomery.

 TCM is showing The Gallant Hours this coming Thursday at 5:00 p.m. EST. 



Thursday, June 20, 2019

Robert Montgomery, Our Favorite Crusader


As you already know, our Mr. Montgomery was rather outspoken, particularly when it came to a good cause he supported.  Life was not always smooth for Bob.  The following article from the February 5th, 1935 issue of "The Family Circle" describes one of his many battles.




Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Surprise Quiz Day

Okay, folks.  Are you ready?  Want to impress your friends with your knowledge of Robert Montgomery? (Who?) I am listing ten photos of Bob from different movies, head shots blown up from stills from those movies.  At the bottom of the posting, I will list the 10 movies in alphabetical order.  The photos are 1 to 10, the movies are (A) to (J).  Submit your answers ASAP to claim huge winnings!!  (TBD.......)

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                                                     2.

                                                   3.

                                                  4.

                                                    5.

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And the movies are:
   (A)  Another Language
   (B)  Fast and Loose
   (C)  June Bride
   (D)  Letty Lynton
   (E)  Live, Love and Learn
   (F)  Lovers Courageous
   (G) Man in Possession
   (H) Petticoat Fever
   (I)  Night Must Fall
   (J)  Ride the Pink Horse

Good Luck!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Should I look so good with a fever!

Maybe it was the 108 degrees high today, but I feel just lousy.  Next week will be better.  Enjoy your weekend!

               Bob and Reginald Owen in Petticoat Fever (1936)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Hayes Office Bowdlerizes Another Good Movie

The Last of Mrs. Cheney (1937) is being shown on demand on TCM through the 15th.  Bob and Bill Powell in the same movie, so it is a gotta see, right?!  The main problem with the movie is that it was filmed in 1937, after the code went into effect.  Cheney was originally a funny and risque play, but that was not acceptable in 1937. What a waste of Bob and Bill.  I'd like to see a 1933 version with the same cast and production values and a script much closer to the original.  A totally different film for sure.

   Bob, William Powell and Joan Crawford in The Last of Mrs. Cheney

Thursday, June 06, 2019

75th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944)


                             All gave some.  Some gave all.

How incredibly brave all those young men were, trudging off into battle.  Many died even before reaching land, so many others never made it off the beaches.  Most fought on to win the Battle of Normandy, and then liberate France.  D-Day marked a turning point in the war in Europe. We should be ever so thankful to these heroic men, and remember their sacrifices and successes.  Thanks, guys.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Maybe "Letty Lynton" will be next ... sure.


Made on Broadway (1933) will be released on June 11th!!  (Running late on my big announcements these days....)  It's included in the Robert Montgomery Collection, so you probably already have it.  But, if you're a slightly over-the-top collector of all things Bob as I am, you'll just have to have it because of the nifty cover artwork, if nothing else. 


At present, the movie is only available as a pre-order at wbshop.com.  Come June 11th, I am sure eBay will have plenty of copies available.

As a tease to get you to watch it, if you haven't already, there's a scene you just have to check out.  Eugene Pallette (as Bob's valet) helps Bob hurriedly disrobe down to his underwear, the fade out leaves no doubt the underwear will go as well.  I try to keep things a G rating on the blog, but ... well, er ... let's just say one of Bob's physical attributes comes in play.  Quite entertaining.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hope Your Weekend Was Super!


My apologies.  I meant to let you know I wanted to take a break this week and would be back on June 4th.  But I forgot.  Another reason why I need some time off!  Anyway, some nifty Bob photos to ponder so your checking in with the blog isn't a total waste! 




Thursday, May 23, 2019

I Mean, How Cool Can A Guy Be

Just a few words re the photo below, which I used in Tuesday's posting.  It is a personal favorite of mine ... how could it not be!!

The photo back has this description:  "What the well dressed man should wear!  Robert Montgomery, MGM star, for driving in an open car, wears a soft snap-brim felt, double breasted-wide-lapeled camels hair sport coat with perforated pig-skin driving gloves to complete the costume.  A paisley-patterned scarf is also worn."  --- Why, of course!

I normally show my photos "as is", but reverting this photo to B&W produces a really nice print.


You have no doubt seen the coat before.  He is wearing it in this photo taken by Tony von Horn for Conde Nast Publications in 1931.  Because of the coat and the excellent photography, I'm guessing they both may have been taken by von Horn.  I just discovered that Tony was actually a Toni, which might explain her ability to capture Montgomery at his finest. 


And a close-up of the best part of the photo ... rrfff!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Happy Birthday, Robert Montgomery!


Bob, a toast to your highly successful motion picture acting career, and the many hours of entertainment you provided your fans. 



            Bob and Irene Purcell in The Man in Possession (1931)

Officer Montgomery, a toast and thank you for your service to our country. 

                   Lt. Commander Henry Montgomery, Jr. in 1943

Mr. Montgomery, a toast to you for achieving a second round of success as a director/producer in television and director on Broadway. Quite impressive really. 

                        Robert Montgomery Presents (1952)

Happy Birthday, you beautiful, sexy man! 


Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Second Piece of Pie, Anyone?

Rather enjoy candids taken on the set in the 1930s, when they shared the "magic" of movie making with the fans.  This photo taken on the set of Hide-Out (1934) is interesting in that there is not a soul in the group with a smile on their face.  Well, young Mickey Rooney is smiling, too young to know better?  Anyway, these people were putting in very long hours to keep up with demanding schedules set by the studio.  Not much to smile about, if it wasn't in the script!
 

The cast listed clockwise:  Edward Arnold, Bob and Maureen O'Sullivan (whose faces are almost whited out by the set lighting), Elizabeth Patterson, Edward Brophy and the Mick.  The director W.S. Van Dyke is the dapper gent wearing a straw hat.  Wonder what that pie was like after sitting under the set lights for a few hours.

Reminder:  Hide-Out is being shown on TCM tomorrow at 6:45 a.m. EST.  Lady in the lake (1947) can be seen on demand until the 21st. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Odds and Ends, Once Again





Bob is at a fundraiser sponsored by a charity headed by Noel Coward.


Thursday, May 09, 2019

A Man Born to Wear a Tuxedo

Gee ... I just do not know how Bob got the reputation of being a dashing tuxedoed lover who looked like he was born with a drink in hand.  He played this role perfectly in Riptide (1934), inspired by his co-star Norma Shearer. 


He also looked great in gorgeous white robes.  Norma seems to appreciate his efforts.  And Bob appears to be enjoying the scene with his co-star.  You know, I do not think there was much "acting" going on in these scenes.


I just love the glasses they are holding.  Wish I could afford them!


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

"I want you to stop meddling with my fiancee!"

... exclaims Sir James Felton (Reginald Owen) to Dascom Dinsmore (Bob) as Irene (Myrna Loy) watches in surprise in Petticoat Fever (1936).  A fun movie.  I bet it was a roaring success at the "Tavern Casino" on Friday! 


TCM will be showing Petticoat this Wednesday at 5:00 a.m. EST.  I don't know that I'd be able to make that show time, so I am hoping they show it on demand later.  You can see Night Flight (1933) on demand today, and Rage in Heaven (1941) through Friday.  And three move Bob movies will be shown this Month:  Lady in the Lake (1947) on the 14th; Hide-out (1934) on the 17th; and Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) on the 18th.  That's a lot of Montgomery all in one month!  And so many are my favorites, and I would imagine yours as well.

None of Bob's movies are scheduled on TCM for his birthday on the 21st.  That's kind of a let down after showing nine movies last year.  Six of his better movies in the weeks before will just have to do.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Report on a Fighting Man

Hope you're in a reading mood.  The following article published in the June, 1943 issue of "Motion Picture" is perhaps a bit long-winded, but interesting.  Lt. Comdr. Henry Montgomery, Jr. was not interviewed for the article which references prior interviews he gave.  Do keep in mind that it was written during the war, so there is a lack of details of exactly what Bob was doing overseas besides getting sick.  (Dengue fever is one nasty illness, by the way.  He deserved a Purple Heart!)



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Before Yosemite Became a Traffic Jam

Love this scenic photo of Bob and Constance Bennett riding horses in Yosemite in The Easiest Way (1931).  It is an original photo, a quality print. 


Moving in a bit closer, you get a better view of Bob and Connie, and their two very patient steeds.


One step closer and we get a great shot of our primary interest.  Great photo.