Wednesday, April 29, 2009

TCM Bob Schedule for May

I believe May's schedule could be the most Bob movies TCM has played since his "Star of the Month" showing a few years back. Amazing what a little birthday can do.

Have limited DVR/VCR time? My picks:
  • Hide-Out: I never pegged myself as a romantic comedy type, but this one hits the spot.
  • The First Hundred Years: This one has a surprising appeal to me I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's the business woman in me (watch & find out).
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Thee best Bob movie? Hmm...
On the flip side, if you're looking for films that TCM doesn't show often:
  • Riptide: Weird. I'm still not 100 percent sure why they used bug costumes in the story-line.
  • When Ladies Meet: Cute pairing with Myrna Loy and Ann Harding. Double this one up with the Robert Taylor, Joan Crawford version sometime.
  • Their Own Desire: Another product of the Norconian Resort.

Saturday, May 16

4 a.m. Riptide (1934)
A chorus girl weds a British lord then falls for an old flame. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Herbert Marshall. Dir: Edmund Goulding.

Monday, May 18
9:45 p.m. When Ladies Meet (1933)
A female novelist doesn't realize her new friend is the wife whose husband she's trying to steal. Cast: Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy. Dir: Harry Beaumont.

Thursday, May 21
6 a.m. Their Own Desire (1929)
A young couple's affair is complicated by her father's relationship with his mother. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone. Dir: E. Mason Hopper.

7:15 a.m. Big House, The (1930)
An attempted prison break leads to a riot. Cast: Chester Morris, Wallace Beery, Robert Montgomery. Dir: George Hill.

8:45 a.m. Strangers May Kiss (1931)
A sophisticated woman risks her marriage for love of a ruthless schemer. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Neil Hamilton. Dir: George Fitzmaurice.

10:15 a.m. Hide-Out (1934)
Farmers take in an injured racketeer and try to reform him. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Maureen O'Sullivan, Mickey Rooney. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II.

11:45 a.m. Last Of Mrs. Cheyney, The (1937)
A chic jewel thief in England falls in love with one of her marks. Cast: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, William Powell. Dir: Richard Boleslawski. BW-98 mins, TV-G, CC

1:30 p.m. First Hundred Years, The (1938)
A working woman doesn't want to give up her career when she marries. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Virginia Bruce, Warren William. Dir: Richard Thorpe.

2:45 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
A quarrelsome couple discovers their marriage isn't legal. Cast: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock.

4:30 p.m. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
A prizefighter who died before his time is reincarnated as a tycoon with a murderous wife. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains. Dir: Alexander Hall.

6:15 p.m. Lady In The Lake (1947)
Philip Marlowe searches for a missing woman in this mystery shot entirely from the detective's viewpoint. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan. Dir: Robert Montgomery.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fav. Photo of the Week

I'm breaking my "no posts on Ebay" rule again - 1930 Hurrell print for sale on Ebay.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, Robert Q

Yeah, I'm way behind. Twenty days to be exact. While being busy getting pounded like a nail at work, I forgot a birthday: Robert Q. Lewis. A tip of the martini glass for one of my favorite funnymen of the fifties.

Levitation powers?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Old School AMC vs. TCM

The movie-related blogosphere is all abuzz this week over the 15th anniversary of our dear TCM. But I want to buck the trend and talk about my first love: the old AMC . . . American Movie Classics.

Back in my high school days, I'd often whip out my dreaded literature homework, park my butt in front of the TV and switch on AMC. Deep down inside, I think I was attempting to channel Cary Grant to help me with an impossible reading assignment. It never worked.

I even subscribed to their monthly programming magazine, whatever the name of it was.

Back then, AMC played movies without commercials. Boy, what a concept. That got lost somewhere along the line.

And then there was Bob Dorian. I guess he was what you would consider the "Robert Osborne" of AMC. There was another older fellow which I can't remember his name. Whatever happened to Bob? Oh, and Nick Clooney - I think he was a host on the network as well. Nowadays, I just think of him as George's dad.

Yeah, these days I guess AMC is good for one thing: Mad Men. I've never watched the show myself, but half the free world has told me I need to.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Water Boarding (Minus the CIA)

In the 2009 Bob calendar, July's photo has been somewhat of a mystery: who is the lady with Bob? Carrie Liz dropped me a note thinking it's Dorothy Jordan. I think she's right.

I did some digging - something about the background all of a sudden clicked when she said Dorothy. They're water boarding on Lake Norconian. I dug out my copy of The Norconian Resort by Arcadia Publishing and sure enough, there's a photo that has the same background angle and water board (p. 90). 1930s Love in the Rough starred the two and was filmed at The Norconian.

Heh, then again, I suppose it could be Norma Shearer since they also filmed Their Own Desire at that resort. But I can't picture Norma skimming along a lake . . .

Saturday, April 11, 2009


The planets must have been lining up this week or something. Out of the blue, I received two emails from Robert Young fans. Sure, you may say "big deal," but come on . . . it's 2009 - you're lucky if you can find someone under 80 who even recognizes the name (no offense to those over 80!).

Thanks to the awesome Carrie Liz (her new, unofficial title) , she passed along a few photos to share with everyone:

The Bride Walks Out - Larger image

Maria also dropped me a note about a Leonard Maltin interview with Robert Young. Looks like the interview is available in back issues of his newsletter. Does anyone subcribe to his newsletter currently? Sounds interesting.

Update: I posted above about Leonard Maltin's newsletter - the interview is available in the book of the same title, Movie Crazy.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A Couples of Two

Some picspam to break up your week. And here's something to think about. Bob always on the left-hand side of photos? Smith is the only one below that seems to break the pattern. Ok, enough useless observation.

Biography of a Bachelor Girl - Ann Harding

Blondie of the Follies - Marion Davies

Fast and Loose - Rosalind Russell

Inspiration - Greta Garbo

Letty Lynton - Joan Crawford (and her dress)

Mr. and Mrs. Smith - Carole Lombard

When Ladies Meet - Myrna Loy

Friday, April 03, 2009