Thursday, May 12, 2022

A Rabbi, A Priest and a .......

 So, I'm guessing Jimmy stops by the set of Unfinished Business (1941) to see Bob, and fellow Irish Mafia member Ralph has tagged along.  Preston looks like he fits right in with the boys, Bob a little reserved.  Or maybe he has just heard Jimmy's joke before.  Wouldn't you love to hear what Jimmy said to make everyone laugh.  

             Bob, James Cagney, Preston Foster and Ralph Bellamy

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Poor Betty, Hard to Compete with a Camera

 Two Bob and Betty photographs from the same event.  In the first, Bob is caught being a bored husband.  

In the second photograph, Bob sees the cameraman first and is ready with a big smile.  Or is he just happier to see the camera aimed at him, than to watch his wife tend to her dress?  Maybe both?  

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Wanted: Missing Bust. Belongs on my Mantle

 Let's see.  There's the Rosebud sled in Citizen Kane (1941).  The ruby red slippers in The Wizard of Oz (1939).  And ... the bust of Bob made by his wife Stella (Helen Hayes) in Another Language (1933).  Wouldn't you just love to have this trio of movie souvenirs?  Hey, I'd settle for just Bob's bust.  Display it in the living room, the first thing you'd see on entering our home.  Well, it would make My day!  Wonder what happened to it.     

                 Helen Hayes and Bob's head in Another Language

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Some Favorite Character Actors

 Born in 1891, Roscoe Karns made his first movie in 1915, and his last in 1964.  Known for his rapid-fire delivery, Roscoe was perfectly cast as a reporter in His Girl Friday (1940).  I first got to know him as Jackie Cooper's Captain in the TV series Hennesey (1959-62).  Saw an episode of the show recently.  It is really dated, but Karns was still funny.  Sorry, no information on the photo, but he's looking rather snazzy.  

Victor Moore had a successful career in vaudeville and Broadway before making movies in the 1930s.  I first remember seeing him in Louisiana Purchase (1941), in the role he also played on Broadway, Senator Oliver P. Loganberry, the simple and honest politician everybody tries to corrupt.  IMDB somehow gives the movie a 6.0 --- no way.  A very funny movie, in my humble opinion.

                   Victor Moore in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1937)

Reginald Owen, I believe, has the record number of appearances in a Montgomery movie:  The Man in Possession, Lovers Courageous, Petticoat Fever, Trouble for Two, Three Loves Has Nancy, Fast and Loose, and The Earl of Chicago.  A superb actor with a great career, Mr. Owen is pictured taking a nap during the filming of Mrs. Miniver (1942).  Most famous, no doubt, for A Christmas Carol (1938).  But great in so many roles.