Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Bob had to deal with a lot of Leo's - Seven Leading Ladies

Yes, another publicity shot of Bob and Dorothy Jordan for Love in the Rough (1930).  The PR department certainly used up its budget for the movie.  Glad they did.  The photos are more worth seeing than the movie.  Well, except for the opportunity to hear Bob croon and also see him without his pants.  Meanwhile......Dorothy was born August 9, 1906, in Clarksville, Tennessee.  She auditioned for Melanie in Gone With the Wind.  Yes, I can see that.   

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

And Norma Shearer was born August 10, 1902.  Selznick considered Norma for the role of Scarlett in GWTW.  Sorry, Norma, that was Vivien Leigh's role, totally.  But, you got to make 5 movies with Robert Montgomery.  Tough, wasn't it.  

                    Bob and Norma Shearer in Riptide (1934) 

Thursday, August 04, 2022

A Look at the Real Reggie

 It took me the longest time to be able to visualize Reginald Owen when I saw his name in print.  Mr. Owen was just a great character actor.  So many roles, so many characters.  Kind of the opposite of John Wayne playing basically the same role in many movies.  (Hey, whatever works!)  

Owen's birthday is tomorrow, August 5th.  He was in seven of Bob's movies,  need to decide which one to watch as a birthday tribute.  Owen was great fun as Bob's brother in The Man in Possession (1931), and I could use a good laugh.  Yeah, that sounds like a winner.  

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Happy Birthday, Myrna!

 Myrna Williams was born August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana.  In 1918 her dad died, Mom moved the family to Los Angeles and Myrna obtained a last name more fitting a young Hollywood vamp ... Loy. By the time Bob and Myrna were co-stars in When Ladies Meet (1933), Myrna had already appeared in 75 movies, compared to Bob's 25, and she was 5 years younger!   I mean, she hadn't even started The Thin Man series as yet and stays busy in films into her 70's.  Quite an impressive career for a totally impressive lady.  

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Wonder if Bill Went out in Public with his Red Hair

 A favorite movie of mine, Life with Father (1947), starred two of my favorite people, William Powell and Irene Dunne.  Directed by Michael Curtiz and with a screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, it is (surprise!) a delightful movie.  

Bill and Irene ... made for quite the handsome couple.  

And a big round of applause for the costume department at Warner Bros for Irene's gorgeous outfit.  Someone, more likely somebodies, spent long hours on this creation.  Bravo.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

34 and Just Darn Handsome

Rather like this photo of Bob taken in his library at home.  He looks comfortable, with himself and his surroundings.  Or maybe it's just the tie.   

                              1938 Photograph by Willinger