Tuesday, June 29, 2021

"Give Me Some Men, Who are Stouthearted Men..." (Please do!)

 Happy Birthday salutations to the taller half of Mac/Eddy, or Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.  I always liked Nelson, no doubt influenced by my mother who was a big fan of the couple.  Seemed to be a nice enough fellow, gorgeous hair for sure! 

 And if you have a Nelson Eddy popup, you need to have one for MacDonald as well.  They were a good looking couple, and pretty darn good singers as well.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

"... to whose heart he lays siege, ..."

 Nice photo feature from the July 4th, 1931 issue of Picture Show.  (Don't forget, War Nurse (1930) is available to watch on TCM until June 30th!) 

"Robert Montgomery as the gay young airman and June Walker as the Society debutante nurse, to whose heart he lays siege, and is finally successful." 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

More Complaining About the Weather ...

 It's that time of year, super hot here in Bakersfield, and I need to complain about it!  Sorry.  

Decided to check out Bob in/or near pool photos, hoping it would help cool me down.  Nah, seeing Bob in swimming trunks does not cool me down, rather the opposite I must say.  

Poor Bob, putting up with having to shave his chest, the thing to do in the 1930s, as far as the studios were concerned.  Actually, I'm a tad envious of Bob in this photo.  He's sitting by his pool in Beverly Hills.  The high temperature in Beverly Hills today will be 75 ... and mine will be 100! 


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Gee, Pop! And Other Classic Quotes of My Youth

 Yup, there was a second fun find in that lot of photos (see the prior post).  It's Mr. Chan himself (Warner Oland) helping out his son, Lee (Keye Luke). 

   Keye Luke & Warner Oland in Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo (1939)

And a nifty autograph of Mr. Luke, not found in a bargain lot. 


TIME FOR A TCM UPDATE ... June Bride (1948) will be shown this Friday at 9:15 p.m. PT.  The next scheduled movie is Haunted Honeymoon (1940), June 24th at 8:30 a.m. PT.  There are four movies available for streaming:  Lovers Courageous (1932), until June 26th;  War Nurse (1930), until June 30th; Live, Love and Learn (1937), until July 4th; and Faithless (1932), until July 11th.  That's a lot of Bob!  3 cheers for TCM!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Bob Liked to Gamble in Monte Carlo ... Of Course He Would

 A nifty photo, found in a remaindered lot of movie stills.  Bet you can't tell who was playing the bad guy! 

  Sidney Blackmer & Key Luke in Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

100 Years ... No Way!!!

 "ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET." It's an ice cream cone race between, left to right, Robert Montgomery, Virginia Bruce, Director Richard Thorpe, Nydia Westman and assistant director Dolph Zimmer, who has swallowed his in one gulp and started on a coke.  The party took place on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "Wooden Wedding," in which Montgomery and Miss Bruce are teamed with Warren William in the leads. 

 Did you notice the reference to "Wooden Wedding" instead of The First 100 Years (1938)?  They must have changed the film's name at the last moment, you see the working title quite often on photos sent to the media.  I'm glad they did, Wooden Wedding just doesn't sound very interesting.  And poor Dolph Zimmer ... he's the assistant director and does not even get credit for it on the screen.  Nothing personal, Dolph, but I much prefer that than watching 7-10 minutes of a list including limo drivers, carpenters, assistant accountants and 25 executive producers.  There is just no middle ground in Hollywood. 

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Bob Being Bob ... What Could be Better?

 It's Bob and Ingrid Bergman sitting in the doorway of Bob's portable dressing room on the set of Rage in Heaven (1941).  Wonder what they are both looking at so intently.  Is it the first time they've met 6'3" George Sanders?  I can just read Bob's mind ... "I'll have to share scenes with that giant?!"

I haven't seen Bob so wide-eyed before.  Nor so youthful at 36.  Perhaps it's the camera capturing momentary innocent thoughts of surprise or inquisitiveness emanating from Bob's bright mind.   No, I'm not saying Bob was an innocent soul, but a man of many facets including a youthful interest in the world around him.  And it does not appear to be a posed look which would be common for on-the-set publicity photos.   Yup, it's just Bob being Bob.  Nifty. 

Friday, June 04, 2021

Don't Move to California!!

 Our home lost all electrical power Wednesday evening, at 5:30 p.m. to be more precise.  At 5:30 p.m. the temperature in Beautiful Bakersfield, CA, was 106.  

I have no idea how hot it was in our home during the night, but it was truly awful.  Sitting in a dark house with a few flashlights as the only source of light, was not my choice of entertainment.  Heck, we couldn't even sit comfortably, since we both have power recliners ... and there was no power!!  Aarrgh!!

Anyway, this time it was uncontrollable circumstances that prevented me from getting out the post on the usual day.  Still too tired to be fully functional, so just attaching a picture from a prior post for your viewing pleasure.  Bob up a tree.  Nifty.

                              The Mystery of Mr. X (1934)

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Have You Seen a Sadder Couple?

 My, goodness, Virginia ... You look like you're about to cry.  Is it the thought of another hundred years with Bob?