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!)  

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Almost to the day 53 years ago

 "Houseguests Mr. and Mrs. Robert Montgomery chat with host George P. MacGregor at a dinner Friday (March 1, 1968) given in honor of MacGregor's daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. and Mrs. Theodore Anderson and Sarah Bleakly and Robert Montgomery Jr. who were married Saturday." 

Buffy looking in good shape for 62 (or so).  She carries off that sleveless dress quite well.  I want the pearls!  Below, I'm assuming the young couple on the left are the Andersons, and Bob Jr. (Skip) is with his new wife Sarah on the right.  Skip is 32 and this would be his 2nd marriage.    I like everyone having a drink in hand, a must in the 60s!  Along with a cigarette ... note, there are three missing left hands in the photo.  Skip and Sarah look like nice people.  Too bad the marriage didn't work out .

 P.S.  They are in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Bob Was Never Caught With His Glasses On ...

... when some fan wanted to take his photo.  Never.  Quick responses, and a lot of practice.  Most stars wear sunglasses to hide behind.  Not our Bob.  I'm assuming he wore sunglasses to disguise his nearsightedness, but not his face.  It is nice to see his entire face when he smiles, the eyes complete his smile. 

It took me a while to realize he has his tie stuffed in his breast pocket.  Looks weird seeing him with his shirt buttoned at the neck and no tie.  I'm guessing he was caught heading home.  That building entrance across the street on the right looks like a bar/restaurant door.  Maybe Bob met with someone for lunch ... wonder who.