Thursday, August 27, 2020

G'Lord, George. How Tall ARE You?

       George Sanders, Bob and Ingrid Bergman (b. August 29, 1915)

                                Happy Birthday, Ingrid!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Miscellaneous Non-Bob Tidbits

This lady is Elsie Janis.  I made a slight error when purchasing her photo.  I thought I was buying a photo for War Nurse (1930), but the correct movie title is Women in War (1940).  Geesch.  And I wondered why it was so cheap. 


Thumbing through a stack of stills I'd purchased in bulk, looking for a great find (i.e. a still from a Montgomery movie!),  I thought the young man at the microphone looked familiar.  

Taking a closer look ... hey, it's Joe DiMaggio.   Since Joe did not make many movies (one) ... it was easy to determine the movie's name, Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937).  I had to pat myself on the back with that ID.  My big brother the sports nut did good.


A challenge for you ... Johnny Mack Brown is the star of the movie Against the Law (1934).  He's the one wearing a uniform.  Who is the "real" star in the photo?  This guy was in a heck of a lot of movies.  


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

                                 Makes a great wallpaper!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

It's Too Darn Hot! It's Too, Too Darn Hot!!

My part of the country is having an "excessive heat wave."  I think that means a spell of weather 104 degrees and above.  108 predicted for today.  And we'll be under an air quality alert ... no surprise there!  So I should stay inside.  No argument there.  AND to add to our misery, California has announced we will be having rolling blackouts through Thursday night due to lack of energy sources in the state.  CA, the state with the largest supplies of natural energy is so screwed up that it has to resort to blackouts to prevent its electricity grid from blowing a gasket ...  Geesch.

I have pulled out this photo of Bob before.  It helps cool me off.  I can feel the refreshing cool water in his Beverly Hills swimming pool.  You know, I still haven't quite figured out what he has done to create such a splash of water --- his arms are by his side and the legs, I think, are beneath him --- a back flop of some kind? 


Sunday, August 16, 2020

Happy Birthday, Ann Blyth!!

Dear Ann,  

Having five children must have prepared you well for a long life.  Hope the day is spent  filled with the love of your family.  You may be Ann to your family, but you will also be remembered as "Killer" by the fans of Robert Montgomery and Once More My Darling (1949).  Have a great day!!


Thursday, August 13, 2020

To My Darling Wife, Julie

I rather enjoy watching Night Flight (1933).  For me, the few short scenes featuring Montgomery are such a pleasure that I'm still grinning through the rest of the movie.  The script can be a snore, poor Helen Hayes gets to wade through much of the melodramatic morass.  The disappointment of Night Flight (1933) is not having the stars appear together.  Helen and Clark Gable are married, but their screen time together is comprised of Helen looking longingly at an 8x10 of flyer Clark.  Gable's appearance is limited to sitting in his plane's cockpit looking brave.  Myrna Loy has a scene with hubby pilot William Gargan (who?).  Bob's scenes are with Lionel Barrymore.  I mean, it's too evident that this movie was filmed around the filming schedules of the stars.  It was filmed March to July of 1933.  In this five month period, Bob did his scenes for Night Flight, filmed When Ladies Meet and Another Language, and left town for his summer vacation in New York. 


But the entrance Auguste Pellerin (Montgomery) makes is choice.   Love it.  TCM is showing Night Flight today at 3:00 p.m. EST.  Or better yet, pickup the DVD on eBay with the super nifty cover. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Audrey Gets Her Message Across

 These photos are from an article in the March 4, 1947 french magazine Cinevogue.  Love the series of Audrey Totter flirting with the camera, or should I say with Bob as Philip Marlowe in Lady in the Lake (1946).  Audrey did such a really good job in the movie, considering the trying circumstances.  Film actors were taught to never, ever look directly into the camera lens.  Overcoming that was difficult for an old pro like Lloyd Nolan. 


Future director Dick Powell stops by to say hi to new director Bob.  It's also one Philip Marlowe handing over the reigns to a new one.  Dick played the character in 1944's Murder My Sweet.  Nifty.


Bob directs Lloyd Nolan as Lt. DeGarmot. 


Bob wears his favorite hat from the post-WWII period ... perhaps not PC these days, but definitely snazzy in 1946. 


Thursday, August 06, 2020

He Saw, She Saw, They Did

I love the casting in The Man in Possession (1931).  Bob (Dabney) and Irene (Crystal) clicked both onstage and offstage (as friends!)  C. Aubrey Smith and Beryl Mercer, as Dabney's parents, portray the gruff father and meek, sweet mother with ease, as they have played the parts so many times.  Reginald Owen is great whatever the role is, this time it is as Dabney's pompous and flustered brother Claude.  And Charlotte Greenwood is just perfection as Clara, Crystal's maid, friend and watchdog who doesn't think Dabney is good enough for her. 
I just love the smiles on the lovers' faces.  Too good.
Irene was born August 7, 1896 in Whiting, Indiana and died July 9, 1972 in Racine, Wisconsin.  The two cities are only 94 miles apart.  Happy Birthday to Ms. Purcell.  And Happy Birthday to Ann Harding, also born on August 7th.  It'll be Ann's turn next year...all right, Ladies?

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Belated Birthday Salutations to Ms. Loy

Sorry, Myrna.  Your birthday is the 2nd, of course.  I had you scheduled for Thursday, really I did.  Life just doesn't always work out the way you had planned it to.  I like this photo of you and Bob Montgomery, such a beautiful couple.  You gave such a good performance in Petticoat Fever (1936).  The movie is still such a delight to watch after all these years.  Thank you. 

Getting down to the basics of the photo ... a great head shot.