Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Who Oscar Didn't Recognize, Tony Did

With Hollywood behind him and television following a similar route, Robert Montgomery moved to the stage - not to star but to direct and produce. One of his more successful Broadway works was based on Joseph Hayes' hit suspense novel The Desperate Hours.

The Desperate Hours is the story of an Indianapolis family who have their home invaded by escaping convicts. IMO, not your typical fare for a stage play.

After the 1954 novel's success was recognized, a Broadway production and film version came out the following year. Directed by William Wyler and starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March, the film version can be found on DVD.

The Broadway version of the story was directed by Robert Montgomery and included Karl Malden as the family's father and a young Paul Newman in the "ring leader" role Bogie played.

With 212 total performances under its belt, The Desperate Hours earned two Tony Awards for 1955: Best Play - Joseph Hayes and Best Direction - Robert Montgomery.

Read Time magazine's Feb. 21, 1955 review of the Broadway production.


Laura said...

How interesting! I've read biographical info on Montgomery in the past but had completely forgotten this. Thanks for the insight into the success of some of his later work.

Best wishes,

Carrie said...

I started watching The Desparate Hours off TCM and thought the title was awfully familiar! That got me digging...

Laura said...

I've become more interested in Fredric March in the last year or so...the D.H. plot sounds like it's not my usual "thing" but maybe I'll have to try the movie for both March and the Montgomery "connection."

Best wishes,

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for sharing that - had no idea! Pretty awesome, Bob - sooo underappreciated!