Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Lonely Place - Radio Style

Welcome to one of my favorite Suspense stories - A Lonely Place. This Suspense presentation, from June 3, 1948 stars Robert Montgomery as a murderer - a strangler to be specific. We learn quickly in the story that there are some things a man keeps secret.

14 MB - 1 Hour

I think what I like best of this presentation, beside the story, are the voice fluctuations from our beloved killer - it makes for some good listening.

One last thing, I just noticed that Bogart made this story a movie in 1950 (adds to Netflix list).

Monday, February 26, 2007

New & Upcoming Books of Interest

Another actor worthy of a book is getting one - Charles McGraw. More details on the biography are over on the Movie Morlocks blog.

Coming out in June is Joan Crawford: An Illustrated Guide to Her Appearances in Film, Radio and Television. If it truly is more of a reference than biased biography, it should be a good one.

Last, in the "take out from from library" pile is Include Me Out: My Life From Goldwyn to Broadway by Farley Granger. Note to self: skip to chapters on Rope and Strangers on a Train.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Photo Friday - Different But The Same

Late 1930 or early 1931 photo shoot - it's all in the tie. The first photo is from Photoplayer Magazine.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Don't Beat on the Duke

There's an interesting post over at The Crowd Roars blog on the John Wayne vs. John Ford tension on They Were Expendable. Check it out.

13 Rue Madeleine - Radio Style

This is an excellent story if you like wartime spy thrillers. It's the October 20, 1947 Lux Radio Theater presentation of 13 Rue Madeleine. The show includes Robert Montgomery as Bob Sharkey and Lloyd Nolan as Charles Gibson.

36 min., 8.3 MB

James Cagney starred in the film version, also from 1947.

Monday, February 19, 2007

3 Loves Has Nancy

I ran into a quick promotional preview recently for upcoming MGM films (1937-1938 timeframe). Check out the early cast for Three Loves Has Nancy:

One of those casting decisions that makes you go "hmmm." I don't think Margaret could have pulled off "folksy," IMHO she was too polished for that. Melvyn Douglas - too serious too? Of course, the real cast turned out to be Bob, Janet Gaynor, and Franchot Tone.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Photo Friday - G-Men

Hollywood's Most Famous Bad Man Joins the "G-MEN" and Halts the March of Crime!

Larger photo here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Grand Duchess and the Waiter - Radio Style

I was tempted to post a wicked murder story here being February 14, but my softer side prevailed. Today's radio show is The Grand Duchess and the Waiter from the Lux Radio Theater, December 7, 1936. It's a light-hearted romantic comedy starring Robert Montgomery and Elissa Landi - it would have made a cute film.

1 Hour - 13.6 MB

Farmer Bob makes another appearance at the end.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Here Comes Mr. Jordan on DVD

I'm not going to write much of a review on the DVD issue of Here Comes Mr. Jordan - there's some good ones out there that sum it up well. I just want to add my two cents as a classic DVD lover & Bob fan.

The film quality on the DVD is great - it is the restored copy from the UCLA film archive. But what erks me, and I really hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, is the lack of DVD-ish content. First, there's no customized menu - no photo, no music - just "play". There aren't any extras either, such as a trailer or secondary audio commentary.

Since we seem to be averaging one to two Robert Montgomery DVDs per year, let's hope this is just the first - and not the only.

And finally, because a post on this blog wouldn't be a true post without photos...ever notice the recurring theme in Mr. Jordan, other than the saxophone?

Friday, February 09, 2007

A Hellish Photo Friday

It's Hell Below - Madge Evans, Robert Young & Bob...

Larger photo here.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Jane Eyre - Radio Style

My only exposure to Jane Eyre has been the Hollywood version with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine (which is coming on DVD this Spring). I don't think I have the patience to break out of my non-fiction reading world to take on the book. However, I did enjoy the film - the dark atmosphere in particular.

Today's download is a radio presentation from June 14, 1948 from the Lux Radio Theater, starring Ingrid Bergman as Jane and Robert Montgomery as Edward Rochester. It certainly has a dark feel about it and is an interesting listen, but it's not as grabbing as the film.

MP3 - 9.6 MB

The introduction and end have been cut off from this show, so it will take you directly into the story.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Wings in the Dark

I am such a sucker for anything with wings on it - or should I say in it?

Wings in the Dark was just issued on DVD late last year as part of the Cary Grant Screen Legend Collection. I bought the set simply because I enjoy early Cary Grant work (not because of the wings).

Wings is an OK movie, nothing super special. Cary Grant is a pilot working on instrumentation to help pilots fly "blindly" in bad weather. Ironically, he goes blind in an accident and puts his flying knowledge toward developing instruments that will even help a blind man fly. Yes, you heard me right, a blind man fly (and he does). Enter Myrna Loy as pseudo Amelia Earhart, love interest, and cheerleader to Grant's research.

IMHO, the stars of the film are the seeing eye dog, Lightning, and his plane (which I'm at a loss for the type/manufacturer). And watch for a very young Dean Jagger - I recognized the voice, but not the face at first. I'll admit, it's fun (and a rare treat) to see Cary & Myrna in the same movie together.

Oh, one last thing - a useless observation. There's a scene in the film where Cary is living in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, blind, with a seeing eye dog. I couldn't help but think of the scene from Saboteur with the blind man living in a cabin in the middle of nowhere with his seeing eye dog too.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Photo Friday


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