Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Silky Takes a One-Way Trip to England

I have always enjoyed Bob's The Earl of Chicago (1940).  Yes, the movie has its problems, but Bob's performance at the end makes it worth watching.  Found this book a while back.  It is not a photoplay edition, but the nifty jacket makes up for that (well, almost). 

Robert "Silky" Kilmount is not a nice guy.  Here we have him being restrained by "Doc" Ramsey (Edward Arnold) from slapping the poor henchman again. 

Silky cleaned up nicely after becoming the Earl of Gorley, and getting out of Chicago.  Below, the Earls's butler, Munsey (Edmund Gwenn) helps Silky dress for the final scene.  Bob obviously lost a lot of weight at this time.  I am not sure if he was getting ready for his military service or feared having to appear in britches and tights with the extra weight he had been carrying the last couple of years.

TCM will be showing Earl this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. PST. 

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