Thursday, September 27, 2018

Robert Montgomery, d. Sept 27, 1981

         A view from the terrace of Mr. Montgomery's last home,
                     Hollow Brook in Canaan Valley, CT

"He had played many roles in his lifetime, off-camera and on-; the slender playboy of Our Blushing Brides had become a no-longer-slender country squire, but the grace of the performer remained what it had always been:  a prompting to merriment, an occasion for applause."  (From the article by Brendan Gill, published in the April, 1992, issue of Architectural Digest.)

Checking in on Bob in the 1950s

The May, 1954 issue of "Show" featured an article on our Mr. Montgomery.  I had never heard of the magazine before running across this issue, but I can assure you it is not the same one that is currently available.  After all, this is a PG rated blog (LOL)! 

It is a small magazine, approximately the same size as TV Guide Magazine.  The print is a tad small to read in this format, so my edited version follows.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

One Handsome Gent (Well-Dressed too!)

This photo was used on the cover of Cine Monde, a french magazine, in 1933. ( I was relieved to discover that there was no inside article on him that I would have to translate, my interest was purely the photo anyway.  Do note the spelling of Bob's name in the blurb!)

28-year-old Bob was just so very handsome, and this is a nifty photo of him.  He appears to be modeling the perfect ensemble for recreational horseback riding, for the country club set.

I later realized I had a sister photo ... two excellent environmental portraits. 

Almost as good as this one, taken a few years later on his new yacht.  Still handsome and wearing the perfect yachtsman attire, I'm sure.  The man had class.  

                                              Bob at 57.

And two alerts for Bob movies on TCM:  Another Language (1933) will be shown tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. EST/11:30 a.m. PST, and The Divorcee (1930)'s showtime is Thursday at 7:30 a.m. EST/4:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bob for FREE?! Where's the Line?

A 9x11 double weight photo of Bob for FREE ... Now that's a great promo. 

Bob picks up a few extra dollars in England.  He was rather popular there, spending so much of his time there during the 1930s and at the beginning of WWII.  He was definitely an anglophile (nifty word). 

It's the 1950s, Bob and Desi Arnaz are receiving perhaps the ugliest awards I have seen.  If he had his Emmy shoved into a storage closet in his office, one can only imagine what happened to this one!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bob Plays an Interesting Round of Golf

What are all those people watching?

Oh, why it's Bob and Dorothy Jordan.  Yeah, I'd stop and watch them too. 

Aren't they the cutest couple.  Isn't she just so petite.  And young Bob, of the beautiful head of hair.  I was never that petite.  Nor did I have such a thick shock of wavy hair.  One of the many reasons why I would much rather look at movie photos than my mirror ...

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

He Was, Simply Put, A Very Funny Man

Robert Benchley was an actor, author, playwright, drama critic and master humorist, who blessed two of Bob Montgomery's movies, Piccadilly Jim (1936) and Live, Love and Learn (1937).  
      Robert Benchley, b. Sept. 15, 1889 and d. Nov. 21, 1945, age 56

Happy Birthday, Mr. Benchley (and my brother, as well)!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bob, Joan, Franchot, George & Adrian

September is a big month for Bob movies on TCM, five movies in total.  That's a lot these days.  Two of his movies with Joan Crawford will be shown in the wee early hours of Friday, Our Blushing Brides (1930) and No More Ladies (1935).  Ladies produced some great publicity stills, with the always wonderful photography of George Hurrell, and aided by Ms. Crawford's gown by Adrian.

            Bob, Joan and Franchot Tone in No More Ladies (1935)

The photo below was not taken by Hurrell ... but, it is, well, interesting.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Robert Benchley Plays a Drunk - I bet he had to do extensive research for the role!

Live, Love and Learn (1937) will be shown on TCM tomorrow (the 12th) at 7:45 a.m. EST/4:45 PST.  If you haven't seen it, recording it for viewing at a more sensible time would be a worthwhile effort.  After all it has Bob (the struggling artist), Rosalind Russell (the rich society girl), Robert Benchley (Bob's drunken buddy), Helen Vinson (the other woman) and Monty Woolley (rich guy into horses).  If only the script was as good as the actors!

The March 26, 1938, issue of the British magazine "Picture Show", features the movie. 

I like their one-page photo and story re-caps.  That's a lot of info on one page!

An enlargement of the best photo:  Bob and Bob (Benchley) have carried in one very large painting of a horse, to be admired by Woolley (in a gown of some sort with matching furry slippers) while Roz simply stands modeling her mink coat (while wondering if she'll ever get a decent role). 

Thursday, September 06, 2018

There Are Other Men in My Life Besides Bob ...

It has been ages since I did a Ray Milland post.  And even then it was a "belated" Happy Birthday entry.  Not a nice way to treat Ray, a basically good guy who happened to be extremely handsome.  Besides, my Milland folder is overflowing with great photos.  So ...

Hotel Imperial (1939) is set at the end of WWI with Ray as an Austrian soldier who runs into a woman out for revenge, and a Russian spy up to no good.  I don't remember having seen it, but it has a 7.2 rating on IMDB.  Unfortunately, finding a copy of it might be a bit of a challenge.  Please let me know if you do! 

In a totally different kind of movie, we find Ray and Paulette Goddard in The Lady Has Plans (1942).  Okay, it is another spy movie, but this time it is a comedy.  A 7.0 rating, and once more, not available.  Sigh.  At least there is this photo of the two incredibly handsome stars to appreciate. 

And, lastly, Ray plays Stanford White, a highly successful architect at the turn of the 20th century who has an affair with a young showgirl played by Joan Collins, and is later killed by Joan's crazy husband, Farley Granger.  The movie, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), was based on a true story, but heavily sanitized by the studio, being the 1950s and all.  It is difficult to imagine Joan Collins as ever being innocent.  This would be the movie that is available on DVD.  Love the look on Ray's face, the handsome devil. 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

My, God ... Is that who I think it is?

One of my favorite Bob items ... an autographed cocktail napkin from a private club in (of all places) Indianapolis, IN. 

Columbia Club, a private club originally for Republicans only.  It seems to be a rather nice place, 5-star restaurants and a lot of mahogany paneling.

Yeah, it looks like a place Bob would hang out at in Indianapolis.  I think one can assume Bob was on the road campaigning for a Republican candidate, perhaps Eisenhower.  He did a lot of that.  The bar has probably been updated, but I'll guess the paneling is much the same. 

 So, you get over the shock of seeing Robert Montgomery in Indianapolis and get up the nerve to interrupt his evening by asking for his autograph.  Good girl, I'm proud of you.  And you treasured it for so many years.  Now it's my turn.  Thank you.