Thursday, May 13, 2021

Armed Forces Day, May 15th

 Time to raise our flag in honor of all who have or are serving in our armed forces.  Thank you all ever so much.

            Lt. Commander Henry Montgomery, Jr., U.S.N.R. (1943)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Just Wondering

 So ... it is September, 1949.  Bob has wrapped up filming of Eye Witness (1950) and is headed home.  Buffy and the kids returned home August 23rd to get ready for school.  Note that Bob is wearing an overcoat, all nicely tailored of course.  Question:  Whose coat is he carrying?  

After completing the film "Your Witness," Robert Montgomery, left, flew from London Airport today to return to America.  With him as he boarded the plane were Yehudi Menuhin and his wife, who have just finished a European tour.

Thursday, May 06, 2021



Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Two Bobs for the Price of One

 Autographs are nifty.  They're a nice memento of someone you have perhaps met, albeit briefly, or never met in person but would sure like to.  I never met Robert Montgomery, but I do have a "few" mementos of the gentleman, including several dozen autographs.  Handling a piece of paper that he also handled ... as close as I can get!  Anyway ... below is a new addition to the collection.  It's quite a hurried or sloppy version of his more formal signature, but I am rather sure of its authenticity.  I have a July 1, 1939 autograph that is quite similar.  He was in England at the time, a lot of the autographs I have that were taken from autograph books originated in England.  Besides having spent several years overall in England, I'm guessing he was more accessible there.  In the 1930s, Bob was either working at the studio or headed out of LA for peace and quiet. 

What is rather unique with the autograph is what is on the flip side.  Yep, another Bob autograph!  Too much.  The fan went back for seconds?  I can see that.  The attached photo is probably from the late 1930s, which helps determine the time frame of the signature(s).  My day was made.  Twice as close...

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Bob, Clark, Spence & Bob ... Just Four Guys Hanging Out in Bob's Dressing Room

 Four ill-at-ease gents looking forward to the departure of the photographer.....  Doubt they had much to say to each other, particularly not for publication.  Bob has spent the prior four years in the service, and for most of 1939 through 1941 was in England or making films at other studios.  Yeah, it had to feel strange to him. 

 Lt. Com. Robert Montgomery, Capt. Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Lt. j/g Robert Taylor

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Just a Small Summer Affair at Mayfair (Oops...well it is close to Pickfair!)

I just love photos like this, full of interesting people.  And why are they gathered for this photo?  Seemingly to honor the seated elderly gent, a Mr. Daniel Frohman.  It appears Frohman was one of the theatrical Frohman brothers who were immensely powerful in the theater world in the late 1800s to early 1900s.   Charles, who was the brother in charge, died in 1915 in the sinking of the Lusitania and his syndicate was broken by the Shubert brothers within a year.  Brother Daniel was not left destitute. The Frohmans had set up a new company in 1912, along with Adolph Zukor, they named Famous Players Co., which would later become Paramount.  Daniel became managing director and Mary Pickford starred in their first production.  Twenty-four years later, Pickford invites a few of her closer friends over to Pickfair to honor her former boss.  And they're all so happy to be there...

 Well, I don't think Errol Flynn (27) is enjoying himself.  Evidently, he wasn't told it was a formal event, probably the only gent in the mansion not wearing a tuxedo.  The little lady on the far left is newly wed Mrs. D. W. Griffith.  Only 26, her 61-year-old husband is probably recuperating at home.  Next to her is actress Irene Hervey (27) who is at this time married to singer Allan Jones (28), the gent behind her.  Mary Pickford (44) is to the right of Mr. Frohman, while Una Merkel (32) stands next to her.  Of course, the gent in the center wearing a white tux with boutonniere is our 32-year-old Mr. Montgomery.  Would you call his smile smug? 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Silky the Sybarite Strides Softly

 I do not think the people responsible for this The Earl of Chicago (1940) herald were given much information about the film.  Shapely female legs are always a good pitch point, but ...

 So, they play an amazing role, do they ... hmmm. 

It would be difficult to describe the movie in such a limited venue.  But, hey, the centerfold is quite colorful.  Wish the movie had been as well. 

And then there's the usual hyperbole, just great.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Three Excellent Portraits (& None of Them Bob)

 I dare say, morning suits and tuxedos are wonderful articles of apparel for men to wear.  They do wonders for most men.  Our Mr. Montgomery in a tux ... to die for.  Even a fully attired Walter Huston makes for a dashing gent.  I have always been a tad envious, not having a similar item in my wardrobe.

Just as Mr. Huston's portrait illustrates the character he is playing, this portrait of Glenn Strange (yes, of Gunsmoke fame) quite simply states who he is in the movie ... the bad guy!

It took me some time to be able to visualize Reginald Owen outside of one of his many character roles.  The man played such a wide range of roles, from Bob's brother to Ebenezer Scrooge.  Below he is Mr. Foley, "the kindly neighborhood grocer" in The Miniver Story (1950). 

Friday, April 16, 2021

If it's Friday...I must be a Day Late for my Thursday Post! No Good Excuse, Just OLD.

 Bob quenches his thirst on an outdoor set for Night Must Fall (1937).  I like the water dispenser, but maybe they could have put it on a higher shelf, for the ladies at least.  Perhaps a glass of water would have been delivered to them.  To think that a modern day star would have to stoop to such a menial task! 

 Night Must Fall is being shown on TCM this Sunday at 9:30 p.m. PDT/12:30 a.m. EDT.  Great viewing times for the movie, best seen at night for sure. 

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Why is Bob Smiling?

 Ah, the things actors do for publicity...  I'm guessing Bob wanted bragging rights amongst his drinking buddies.  It's not that often one gets to spar with the World Heavyweight Champion.  The rather large gent is Primero Carnera, who had just won the championship in June.  The photo was taken July 19, 1933 in NYC.  Bob was in town for the release of Another Language (1933) on July 28th.  Starting August 4th, Bob did the opening stage act for the movie along with Irene Purcell.  They performed a scene from Private Lives (1931).  That had to be fun for them, definitely fun to watch.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Why Did Women Love Herbert Marshall?

 Nifty front cover of the Sept. 16, 1933 issue of Film Pictorial.  And check out the article that is mentioned: "Why Women Love Herbert Marshall."  I need to read that, because I never saw Marshall as a babe magnet.  A nice guy, fine actor, but ...

Thursday, April 01, 2021

... And Such a Handsome Older Man

                                     William Powell (50ish)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Such a Beautiful Young Man

 One of Bob's earliest portraits, for sure.  That's about the extent of my knowledge about it.  Such a gorgeous young man.   Rrff!

        Robert Montgomery (1929)

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Greatest Thrills Ever Staged!!

 This herald caught my eye awhile back.   Fell in love with the drawings, they do such a great job of capturing the action and scale of the movie.  The Covered Wagon (1923) cost $782,000, a bargain even in 1923.  Do check out the hyperbole included with the drawings.  A lot of fun.  Wikipedia has an interesting write-up, worth your time checking it out. 

 And, there is a Robert Montgomery connection, by the way.  Character actor Ernest Torrence has a featured role.  Mr. Torrence is the very big guy (6'4" at least) who plays Joan Crawford's guardian in Untamed (1929), as well as the Chief Boatswain Mate in Shipmates (1931) who gives Jonesey (Bob) such a hard time. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Dabney Admires Sweet Perfection

 Yes, Dabney.  Everything is perfect for your lady.   

 It's all just oh so perfect. 

 Besides, we all know it's not the breakfast kippers that will win your lady's heart. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

No boxes to stand on in this movie!

 Roz must have looked forward to co-starring with Brian Aherne, all 6'3" of him.  She could even wear heels standing next to him!  No need to slouch, position herself further away from the camera, or have the male lead stand on a box when she's in the scene.  Checking in at 5'8", Roz was quite tall for her time.  In 1940, 5'2" was the average height for women, men only 5'7".  Yeah, a lot of interesting camera angles were employed in her movies. 

             Brian Aherne & Rosalind Russell in Hired Wife (1940)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Now, That's a Hat!

 How did they attach those hats so they stayed in place?  Anyway, this one plus the dress frills makes for a nifty photo.  And it helps to have Marion Davies model it and Robert Montgomery simply be in the photo.  This print is the 'Art Souvenir' 16"x10" foldout from the February 4, 1933 issue of Picture Show Magazine.  It is in superb shape, except for the fold wear.  After 88 years, I was amazed it was still in the magazine and in one piece.  It deserves to be framed and displayed.  In my next life ...

 Blondie of the Follies (1932) is available for streaming on TCM through April 1st.  Also, The Big House (1930) can be seen through April 3rd and Hide-Out (1934) until April 11th.  That's a nice selection of early Montgomery movies for your viewing pleasure. 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Handsome Couple + Great Photo = Sheer Joy

 There are so many great publicity photos taken of Bob and Madge Evans for Lovers Courageous (1932).  In my dream home (without a hubby with decorating veto power!), I'd fill an entire wall with them.  This photo is in perfect shape on double-weight paper ... just gorgeous.   Bob is a youthful 27, Madge is 22.  And they are good friends, a great pairing. 

                Bob and Madge Evans in Lovers Courageous (1932)

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Always an Arthur Treacher Fan ... and Charley Ruggles ... and Edna May Oliver

 This is a review of No More Ladies (1935) which appeared in the July 26, 1935 issue of "The Family Circle" magazine.  It is an interesting read.  The movie (and the reviewer) may be more toned down than a comparable pre-code affair, but it is far from your basic 1950s/early 1960s Doris Day movie.  (From Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery to a Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie.  Isn't censorship just grand!)