Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Great Replacement

I've given up on the Halloween theme this week: it's all been done before. But before it's completely out of my hands lying on the floor in a heap, here's a stretch of a theme post - a few different "costumes."

Guess the actor. If you read this blog with any regularity, you'll figure it out.

Update: A tip of the hat to the anonymous tipster who guessed the name: Robert Q. Lewis. These pics are from his CBS radio days, specifically February of 1948 . . . a few years before his television debut. Unfortunately, I don't know is whether these shots match any specific characters from his radio show or not. Finding copies of any of Robert Q's radio shows is harder to find than hen's teeth.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Taylor on Demand

A funny thing happened on my way to the blog today. I was going to do some digging for Halloween-themed posts, but then spotted a comment from Alejandra about her Robert Taylor YouTube channel. Kinda got sidetracked if you know what I mean. Get sidetracked yourself on her YouTube channel.

Some of my favs: Personal Property & Johnny Eager:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Always a Confirmed Badger...

It's Halloween week and I'm trying to "scare" up some non-monster, classic themed items for the blog this week (not a big monster fan - but space aliens...).

Today: Orson Welles, War of the Worlds, and his Wisconsin roots in this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

DVD Update

Looking to make your Robert Montgomery DVD collection a bit more complete? A few more titles are now available on the "secondary market" (not from the studios):

Eye Witness (1950)
Movies Unlimited

Forsaking All Others (1934)
Free Movies on DVD

If you own any of the above from those sources, drop me a note - I'd be interested in the quality.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hollywood at Home

If you have a spare six bucks laying around, the November issue of Architectural Digest is out with its annual "Hollywood at Home" issue. Aside from looking at ads for accessories that probably cost more than my house, AD's Hollywood issue includes stories (and photos) on classic stars at home. Stars featured in this issue include John Wayne, Howard Hughes, Humphrey Bogart, single photo snippets, and much more. Yeah, modern stars too...

IMHO, the photo of William Holden on page 188 is worth the purchase.

Robert Montgomery? The April 1992 is the issue you want.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

What's My Line: Robert Montgomery

Bob appears in this episode of What's My Line as the mystery guest. The episode dates from Jan. 13, 1957. He also brought along a few of his past characters...too funny.

Photo Friday: 1930

Sorry for being late on this, technically it's Photo Saturday...

Today's still is a portrait from 1930, attributed on the back to The Big House.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Magnificent Obsession - Radio Style

Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor were caught here during rehersal of the Lux Radio Theater production of "Magnificent Obsession" discussing the script with Frank Woodruff, supervising director of the dramatic production.

Better yet - here's the radio presentation from April 26, 1937:

One Hour - 13 MB MP3

Friday, October 10, 2008

Photo Friday: Joseph Cotten

Ahh, Since You Went Away - the WWII bookend to The Best Years of Our Lives. Went Away always had that "too much female" feel to me, then Joe shows up, which levels things out. This particular still is from said film. I do have to add, I love the hangar dance scene - great lighting. I especially love AAF logo against the backdrop of the hangar.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Bob Montgomery Podcast

Obscure Classics has posted its Robert Montgomery podcast up on their site.

I haven't had the chance to listen to it yet, but rest assured, it's loaded on my iPod for action this week.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Building Mr. Blanding's 73 Dream Homes

Whenever Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream Home is on TV, I record it - just one of those movies I guess. That's why when I caught an article in the paper about someone owning one of the "dream homes," I thought it was fascinating (where can I get one?):

The studio sent blueprints of the movie set house to contractors across the country, hoping to see 100 replicas of the house built. Eventually, 73 “dream homes” were built in places such as Fresno and Bakersfield, Calif.; Phoenix; Ottawa Hills, Ohio; and Portland, Ore.

The article is about the home in Fresno - read up!

While we're on the subject, and have you purchased your Wham Ham T-shirt?